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Bowl of salsa on a plate filled with tortilla chips and one tortilla chip dipped in salsa.

Easy Restaurant-Style Salsa

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  • Author: Celeste
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 and 1/2 cups 1x
  • Category: Healthy Snacks
  • Method: Blend
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Diet: Vegetarian


Salsa in minutes! This super easy restaurant-style salsa is zesty, fresh, and so easy to make. Serve it as a dip with tortilla chips or on tacos and nachos.



1 lb. grape tomatoes

2 cloves of garlic

1/3 cup fresh cilantro leaves (about 6 to 8 stems)

1/2 of red onion, coarsely chopped

1/2 cup chopped green chiles

1/2 cup sliced pickled jalapenos

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

juice of one lime


1. Prep Fresh Veggies: Wash and sliced tomatoes, place in a bowl and set aside. Peel garlic cloves and discard the outer skin. Using a garlic press, mince the garlic into the bowl with tomatoes. If you don’t have a garlic press, slice the garlic and add to the bowl with the tomatoes. Wash 6 to 8 stems of cilantro and dry in a salad spinner or use a paper towel to pay dry. Gently pull cilantro from stem, set aside. 

2. Add ingredients to the food processor: Add all ingredients to the food processor.

3. Blend ingredients:  Using the pulse setting on your food processor, blend until salsa is your desired consistency. If you don’t have a food processor you can use a blender.

4. Taste, Season and serve:  Using a spoon taste and add more salt as needed.


When slicing the tomatoes, it's best to use a serrated knife.