Homemade Salsa

April 27, 2019 (Last Updated: April 26, 2019)

A 5-minute recipe for a delicious restaurant-style homemade salsa. Tomatoes, onion, garlic and cilantro are pulsed together in a blender and seasoned with lime, salt and cumin to make the easiest and tastiest salsa ever!

Dipping a corn chip in a bowl of homemade salsa

Ingredients for Restaurant-Style Salsa

When I said this is the easiest salsa you’ll ever make, I wasn’t kidding! All you need to make this zesty salsa is mini pearl tomatoes, onion chunks, a clove of garlic (or two), cilantro, a lime, salt and cumin.

You can also add a jalapeno pepper to this recipe to customize it to your taste. I like to skip it so everyone, including kids, can enjoy this salsa without having to worry about spice levels.

Ingredients needed to make homemade salsa
Ingredients for Homemade Salsa- Tomatoes, onion, cilantro, garlic, lime, salt and cumin

How to Make Salsa with Canned Tomatoes

My kids prefer the taste of fresh tomatoes versus canned, so that is what I use in my recipe. But, you can also make this salsa with canned tomatoes instead of fresh mini tomatoes. The big bonus is that you will get that gorgeous bright red color as soon as you make it.

In my experience, using a quality brand of whole peeled tomatoes makes a difference to the taste. I personally like to use San Marzano whole peeled tomatoes without their juices. A 28-once can of whole tomatoes will work just as well in this recipe.

A plate of corn chips with a bowl of salsa in the middle

How to Make Homemade Salsa

Step 1: Add all ingredients to the blender

Add tomatoes, onion chunks, garlic and cilantro to the blender jar. If using a jalapeno, add that as well.

Adding all the ingredients for salsa in a blender
Adding cilantro to the blender to make salsa

Step 2: Squeeze in fresh lime juice

Squeeze in about two tablespoons of lime juice (roughly 1 medium sized lime). You can adjust this quantity based on how tangy you like your salsa.

Adding fresh lime juice to the blender for making salsa

Step 3: Add seasoning

Add salt and ground cumin to the blender. If using paprika, add that now.

Adding salt to the blender to make salsa
Adding cumin to make salsa

Step 4: Blend everything

Close the lid and press pulse a few times till your reach your desired level of chunkiness. Blend it more if you like your salsa more pureed. Take it out in a bowl and refrigerate for about an hour for best results.

If using fresh tomatoes, the color at this point will not be a bright red but more like pinkish-red, as you can see in the image below. But, it will darken as it sits in the refrigerator.

Salsa made in the blender

Pro-Tips for Restaurant-Style Salsa

Here a few tips on how to make a restaurant-style salsa that will beat your local taqueria:

  • To get a bright red color in your salsa, use canned whole tomatoes. If using fresh tomatoes, you can add 1/2 tsp or more of sweet paprika to enhance the color. The color also becomes darker as it marinates in the refrigerator.
  • After preparing the salsa, refrigerate it for 30 minutes to an hour. This allows the salsa to marinate in its own juices. Although you can use it instantly, this salsa tastes best after refrigeration.
  • Use fresh lime juice. Lime concentrate doesn’t work as well as compared to fresh lime in this recipe.
  • If you like your salsa with a kick, add a de-seeded chopped jalapeno to the blender along with other ingredients.
Dipping a corn chip in a bowl of homemade salsa

More Mexican/Tex-Mex Recipes from my Kitchen

★ Did you make this recipe? Please give it a star rating below! For more quick & easy recipes, FOLLOW ME on Facebook, Instagram,  Pinterest and Youtube.

Dipping a corn chip in a bowl of homemade salsa

Homemade Salsa

A 5-minute recipe for a delicious restaurant-style homemade salsa. Tomatoes, onion, garlic and cilantro are pulsed together in a blender and seasoned with lime, salt and cumin to make the easiest and tastiest salsa ever!
Print Pin Discuss Recipe
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 99kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 cups mini tomatoes cherry or mini pearl grape(or 28 oz can whole peeled tomatoes, drained)
  • 1/2 onion, peeled and quartered
  • 1 garlic clove (can add more to taste)
  • 1/2 cup cilantro (packed cup), leaves and thin stems
  • 3/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 3/4 tsp salt (adjust to taste)
  • 2 tbsp lime juice (1 lime)

Optional Ingredient

  • 1 Jalapeno de-seeded and finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp sweet paprika to brighten the color ( I use it only when I’m using it immediately)

Instructions

  • Rinse mini pearl or cherry tomatoes and keep aside.  Peel 1/2 an onion and cut it in large chunks. Peel a garlic clove, rinse and drain cilantro, leaves and thin stems only.  
  • Add tomatoes, onion chunks, garlic and cilantro to the blender jar. If using a jalapeno, add that as well.  Squeeze in about a tablespoon of lime juice (roughly 1 medium sized lime).  Add salt and ground cumin to the blender. If using paprika, add that as well.
  • Close the lid and press pulse a few times, till your reach your desired level of chunkiness. Blend it more if you like your salsa more pureed. Take it out in a bowl and refrigerate for about an hour for best results.

Notes

  • If using fresh tomatoes, the color will not be bright red as soon as you make it, it will be more like a pinkish-red. But, it will darken as it sits in the refrigerator.
  • To get a bright red color in your salsa, use canned whole tomatoes. If using fresh tomatoes, you can add 1/2 tsp or more of sweet paprika to enhance the color. The color also becomes darker as it marinates in the refrigerator.
  • After preparing the salsa, refrigerate it for 30 minutes to an hour. This allows the salsa to marinate in its own juices. Although you can use it instantly, this salsa tastes best after refrigeration.
  • Use fresh lime juice. Lime concentrate doesn’t work as well as compared to fresh lime in this recipe.
  • If you like your salsa with a kick, add a de-seeded chopped jalapeno to the blender along with other ingredients.
Note: The nutrition facts below are my estimates.  If you are following any diet plan, I recommend cross-checking with your preferred nutrition calculator.

Nutrition

Calories: 99kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1768mg | Potassium: 828mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 63.5% | Vitamin C: 89.2% | Calcium: 5.6% | Iron: 10%
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: homemade salsa, restaurant style salsa, salsa recipe in blender
Did you try this recipe?Mention @SpiceCravings or tag #spicecravings!

Never miss a recipe

Spice Cravings is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program and earns from qualifying purchases. 

You Might Also Like

No Comments

Leave a Reply