This Restaurant Style Salsa is a great snack for any occasion…especially occasions that involve tortilla chips and a warm summer afternoon!
Chips and salsa is one of my favorite snacks in the world. I love salsa. I seriously think I could just eat it with a spoon. Don’t get me wrong. I still love tortilla chips, but they definitely take the backseat to a delicious salsa. Especially when it’s homemade salsa. But all salsas aren’t created equal. Some are quite hot. Some are heavy on a specific flavor like cilantro or garlic. Heck, some even use fruit as the main ingredient. But my absolute favorite salsa is the kind that you find in Mexican restaurants. You know the kind I’m talking about. It’s typically not very thick, and it’s usually strong on fresh flavors like lime and cilantro. Since Cinco de Mayo is almost here, I’ve really been craving a batch of homemade salsa. So I hit the kitchen, and about 10 minutes later I had a big jar of this Restaurant Style Salsa. Just thinking about it is making me hungry. And now I wish I had a bag of tortilla chips here at my desk!
If you’ve never made homemade salsa before, then you’ll be amazed at how easy and inexpensive it is. There is no cooking involved. Seriously. A bit of chopping and then a few blitzes in the food processor, and you’ve got yourself one delicious dip! And the best part is you can adjust it to your own tastes. Like lime? Add more lime juice! Prefer it spicy? Leave the seeds in the jalapeno! (Or if you’re crazy like my brother-in-law, just add a ghost pepper or two. I truly don’t understand how that guy has any taste buds left.)
The best part about this salsa? Aside from being easy and delicious, it also tastes better the next day. So here’s to many summer afternoons of chips and salsa on the back porch! Feel free to join me…but I can’t promise there will be any salsa left.
Note: This salsa tastes much better the day after you make it! The raw garlic and onion flavors meld a bit, so I often make a batch of this salsa and stick it in the fridge until the next day.
Restaurant Style Salsa
- 28 oz. canned whole tomatoes, drained
- 1 jalapeno thinly sliced (leave seeds in for a hotter salsa)
- ⅓ cup onion coarsely chopped
- ½ cup fresh cilantro
- 1 clove garlic minced
- ½ tsp cumin
- ½ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp sugar
- juice of 1 lime
- Place all ingredients in a large food processor. Pulse several times until salsa reaches desired consistency.
- Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving. (Tip: this salsa tastes even better the next day!)