SALSA (Homemade- Restaurant Style)

Salsa (Homemade- Restaurant Style) is full of fresh flavor and tastes exactly like it is from your favorite Mexican Restaurant!

Homemade Salsa - Restaurant Style | The Butcher's Wife

Salsa! There are a million recipes out there and everyone has one they love! Well I am here to change that. This will become your new favorite recipe, and you can thank me later for sharing!

We have all been to our favorite Mexican Restaurant and stuffed ourselves on the fresh salsa and chips leaving no room for our enchiladas (or am I alone on that?)! And we have all thought to ourselves I wish I had this recipe (maybe just me again!). Well, thanks to my sweet friends who asked for the salsa recipe at the restaurant they were at, we can all have fresh, homemade, restaurant style salsa. So I guess once this becomes your favorite salsa, you should thank them, not me! But it really is delicious! We have made it weekly since we got our hands on it! And why have I never thought to ask a restaurant for a recipe?!

So you will need 2 cans of petite diced tomatoes. I know you’re thinking canned tomatoes don’t scream fresh, but with everything else we add, the fresh taste is there! But go right ahead and pick those ripe tomatoes from your garden if you choose too! I like to keep it simple and use the cans!

For the fresh stuff: you will need a jalapeno, a green bell pepper, a white onion, cilantro, lime juice, and then garlic salt, black pepper and cumin.

I use a food processor, but a blender works too. Throw it all in and blend it up to your desired consistency. If you like it chunky don’t blend for too long, for a smooth texture, blend away!

Side Note: See below for the food processor I have (this is actually the newer version of mine) and I LOVE IT! I have had it at least 12 years and it still works great! It has an “S” blade to chop, puree and blend and has a slice/shred disc that works great too! So you can even grate/shred cheese with it!

This salsa is perfect! Not too much heat (you can add more jalapeno if you want it hot). The fresh flavor from the bell pepper, onion and cilantro is perfectly matched with the lime and seasonings. And the flavor just gets better as it sits in the fridge!

I will pass on your thank you to my friends! And I guess a good take-away from all of this (besides the salsa), is don’t be scared to ask for a recipe (you may not get it, but it’s worth a shot!)

Salsa (Homemade- Restaurant Style) is full of fresh flavor and tastes exactly like it is from your favorite Mexican Restaurant!

Below is my food processor that I have and love!

This is the perfect bowl for chips and salsa (and even has an extra dip holder for more salsa or my Easy Guacamole)!

Salsa (Homemade-Restaurant Style)

Fresh and delicious salsa- restaurant style.
Makes about 5 cups
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 2 cans (14.5 oz ) petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 medium jalapeno, seeds removed and chopped
  • 1/3 medium white onion, chopped
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro, stems removed, leaves only
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, seeds removed and chopped
  • 1 tsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 tbsp garlic salt
  • 1 tsp cumin *or more to taste
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 3 oz water


  • In a blender or food processor, open and add both cans of tomatoes.  
  • Chop 1/3 of the white onion and add to the blender or food processor.
  • Chop the green bell pepper (remove the seeds) and add to the blender or food processor.
  • Chop the jalapeno (remove seeds- unless you want the heat), and add to the blender or food processor.  You can start out adding half the jalapeno if you are worried about the heat, then add in more as needed.
  • Remove stems from cilantro, adding only the leaves.  Add to the blender or food processor.
  • Add in fresh lime juice, garlic salt, cumin, black pepper and water.
  • Blend to your desired texture- chunky or smooth!
  • This salsa will keep in a tightly sealed container for a week.

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