High Heels and Grills: Restaurant Style Salsa

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Restaurant Style Salsa

We have an ongoing battle here in our household. A battle of which salsa flavor is better - the sweeter, tomatoey kind, or the zingier, onioney kind? Zachary prefers the former and I prefer the latter. For once though, we were actually able to agree on one that felt like it served both of our needs. Behold the goodness:

I made this salsa last year and I have to be completely honest - it absolutely tanked. It was the first time I'd ever made salsa of any kind and let's just say that there is an entire batch of it, sitting in some landfill right now. I thought I'd give it another go though, because I knew it had a lot of potential and this time I was much more satisfied. So satisfied that this may be the only salsa I'll be able to eat for the rest of my life because it spoils me so much. The flavors are incredible! (This recipe was adapted from The Pioneer Woman.)

  • 1 can (28 oz.) whole tomatoes, drained
  • 2 cans (10 oz) diced tomatoes and green chiles, drained
  • 1/2 large onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 whole jalapeno, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, or to taste
  • 1/2 whole lime juice

  1. Combine all ingredients in an 8+ cup food processor until desired consistency. (I like mine smooth, so I give it a nice and steady grinding until it's practically pureed. You can do it more or less, depending on how you like it.)
  2. Taste test with a tortilla chip and adjust seasonings to liking.
  3. Salsa is best served after letting sit in the refrigerator for at least an hour.

I could live off of chips and salsa if you'd let me and this recipe is definitely one that I would never get sick of. Enjoy!


Linking up here.


  1. Give me some Chips and Salsa.. with an Ice Cold Beer- and I am One Happy Girl! Sarah this recipe looks grubbing!! Thank you for sharing!

  2. Jodi and I could honestly eat an entire batch of salsa and chips in one sitting. Can't wait to try this one!!!

  3. Yum! My sister would love me forever if I made her this. She is a salsa addict as well!

  4. Sounds delicious! I agree! I too could live on just Chips and Salsa! YUM!! Following you from the Mom's Monday Mingle Blog Hop. Hope you can stop by and return the favor. Have a great week.

    Julie from Stlavonlady - a cat, girl, man and me!

  5. Hi, visiting from Naptime Review!
    This looks awesome, I have been thinking about searching for a good Salsa recipe, I have the Guacamole recipe down, but sadly in Australia our salsa selections leave a lot to be desired!
    Karen, www.yellowdandy.com

  6. I'm saving this for later, it looks delish! I'm a new follower & I found ya on Mingle Monday. I hope you had a great weekend!

  7. Yum!! That looks sooo good! My husband and I eat salsa like its going out of style and I'm always looking for new recipes!

    I"m your newest follower from the Monday Mingle :)
    followme@ www.studentswife.com

  8. Looks amazing! Thanks for sharing. Found you on the moms mingle.

  9. MMMMMMMM. Your blog makes me drool! Hope I don't gain 10 pounds while following you! ;)


  10. I have been striking out with salsa this summer, so I am really happy to find yours--I seriously love it! Bookmarking this for sure!

  11. This salsa looks great! I love trying new salsa recipes. Thanks for sharing and linking to TMTT. :-)

  12. Ok - this is dangerous! I can't stop when I eat salsa, so I don't buy it much! BUT I'd never thought of making my own!! :) Pinning this to try sometime!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  13. Yummm! I am liking the sounds of this. I tried one last year and it was a bomb too. WAY too much Cilantro LOL... So I am definitely pinning this one to try soon. New follower and loving your site!

  14. Pinned! This looks amaze! I invite you to join me today (and every Tuesday) for the Tone Up Tuesday link up! All things fitness, healthy living, and wellness like recipes, workouts, fitness motivations, struggles and accomplishments. Live right now!


  15. This salsa sounds great! I can live off of chips & salsa too! Thanks so much for sharing this at Mom's Test Meal Mondays!

  16. I hadn't even considered that I could make salsa like that, it looks fantastic, definitely will be trying this!

  17. I've been looking for a great salsa recipe, thanks for sharing it on A Crafty Soiree. I pinned it :)

  18. OMG! I've got to say that you are the best! I always ask my husband what might be in restaurant salsa's so that I can recreate it and we never get around to it. I'm going to do this asap! :)


  19. I love Mexican food, but especially salsa. Cant wait to try this!

  20. I just started making homemade salsa and will definitely be trying THIS recipe soon! Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday! Don't forget to come back and vote on Sunday!

  21. I am thinking that I'm glad I hadn't gone to the store yet, because I've added all these ingredients to my list! Thanks for sharing!

  22. This looks amazing. I just recently started making my own salsa. I like it smooth like yours. Can't wait to try your recipe.

    I would love it if you would share this at the Smart Solutions linky party. You can link up here:


    Have a great day!

  23. Yummy - Looks Good! I have a bunch of farmer's market tomatoes & plan on making salsa tomorrow :)

  24. My husband loves chips and salsa. Thank you for sharing at All My Bloggy Friends last week. I can't wait to see what you share this tomorrow!

  25. This is the only salsa recipe I have used since PW posted it. I have used fresh tomatoes too when they are in season. It has the right combination of everything.

  26. This is the only salsa recipe I have used since PW posted it on her blog. I have used fresh tomatoes too and just as yummy. It has just the right amount of everything.

  27. This is similar to my recipe but with cilantro, cumin, and lime juice added. I am pinning this and am going to try those ingredients next time! Now I'm totally craving salsa!

    Bonny @ http://thedomesticatedprincess.blogspot.com

  28. Thanks for linking all your yummy sounding posts to the Eat Make Grow hop. We'd love it if you'd post the link back on your actual posts, though. ;)

  29. Hi Sarah
    Great Salsa Recipe. I'm pinning it along with the root beer chicken recipe. Thank you so much for sharing with Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party last week. This weeks Link Party is opened at
    from Wednesday until Sunday.
    Hope to see you there.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above

  30. I love a good salsa. Can't wait to try this one!! Thanks for linking up to Tasty Thursdays on The Mandatory Mooch. I hope you will link up again this week. The party will be live tonight. http://www.mandatorymooch.blogspot.com

    Thanks, Nichi

  31. This sounds fantastic. I absolutely hate bottled salsa. I always thought you had to have fresh tomatoes to make salsa. I will definitely try this recipe. I hope you’ll link this up today (or anytime this weekend) at One Creative Weekend on OneCreativeMommy.com.


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