Easy Restaurant Style Blender Salsa

5 from 26 reviews

This simple salsa is loaded with canned tomatoes, onion, garlic, jalapeno and cilantro. Skip the jar of preservatives from the grocery store and make your own at home!



  • 28 oz. can San Marzano whole plum fire roasted tomatoes (juices included)
  • 1/2 red onion, roughly chopped
  • 34 cloves smashed garlic
  • 1 jalapeno, ribs and seeds removed
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • juice of 2 limes
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • pinch cayenne pepper
  • a couple large pinches Kosher salt
  • large pinch fresh cracked pepper


  1. Add all ingredients to a high speed blender or food processor.
  2. Blend for about a minute until everything is well minced and combined.
  3. Serve with your favorite tortilla chips!


If you can’t find fire roasted San Marzano tomatoes, regular diced tomatoes will work just fine! I’m a huge San Marzano fan and would highly recommend spending the extra moolah on them. But if you can’t find them or are trying to stick to a budget, diced tomatoes will work great too!

You don’t necessarily need a high speed blender for this salsa. If you’re using just a regular blender, you might need to blend for longer than a minute. Use your judgement – when the salsa ingredients are well minced and combined, the salsa is done. You could also use a food processor to make this salsa! Again, just use your judgement

If you like a chunkier salsa, don’t blend it for quite as long. I’m a HUGE fan of the smooth consistency of restaurant style salsa, but if you like chunks of tomato and onion, scale back the blending time. Give it a few quick pulses until it reaches your desired consistency.

The longer this salsa sits, the more the flavors will blossom. If you’re having friends over, feel free to make this salsa a day or two in advance (and then hide it in the back of your fridge so your kids and husband don’t eat it all)! 24 hours in the fridge will make this salsa the best of the best. ALSO – Add more salt to taste just before serving if it’s been in the fridge for a couple days.

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