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Copycat Restaurant Style Salsa

Dish of Salsa with Yellow Corn Tortilla Chips
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You’re going to want to make this Copycat Restaurant Style Salsa recipe again and again once you’ve tried it! If you’re like me, you can’t get enough of the chips and salsa at authentic Mexican restaurants. Between my husband and I, we can usually take down two baskets in one sitting. Besides the occasional night out, we typically eat all of our meals at home, so having restaurant quality salsa on hand is the best!

The taste and flavor of this salsa far surpasses anything you can buy in a jar at a grocery store, and probably costs less to make. The ingredients are so simple, fresh, and healthy. Once it is all blended together, you will end up with a nice, big batch of salsa that lasts up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator.

Copycat Restaurant Style Salsa Ingredients together

You can use either 1 whole fresh sliced jalapeno, or a small can of Diced Green Chiles. I’ve had amazing results either way, so the choice is up to you. Being winter, I opted for the canned variety but garden fresh jalapenos are usually my go-to when I have a summer vegetable garden.

Fresh and Canned Jalapeno Peppers

To get this salsa started, all you need to do is add the ingredients to a blender or food processor:

  • A large can whole tomatoes and their juice
  • 1 can Rotel diced tomatoes with green chiles
  • 1 small can diced Green Chiles (or 1 fresh sliced jalapeno)
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • 1 teaspoon Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 cloves chopped garlic
  • Kosher Salt, Cumin, and Sugar

Just pulse the ingredients a few times until your desired consistency is reached. I like my salsa to be pretty smooth, so I pulsed this 6 or 7 times in my food processor and it looked just about right.

Pulsed Salsa

Next, add your chopped onion and cilantro before the last few pulses so they are a bit more noticeable in the batch. Although, you can definitely add everything right at the beginning if you like!

Adding Onion and Cilantro

Just pulse the ingredients again about 3 times, and check the salsa for your desired consistency.

All salsa ingredients blended

*Optional – refrigerate for 30 minutes prior to serving to allow flavors to further develop.

And Voila! That’s it! Perfect restaurant style salsa ready to enjoy with tacos, quesadillas, enchiladas, or burritos. This salsa will last in the fridge for up to 2 weeks, but it usually disappears much more quickly than that!

Overhead view of salsa

I love to warm up some tortilla chips in a paper bag to enjoy with this salsa. I just pop them in the microwave for 20 seconds and they are warm, crunchy, and ready to go!

Chip Dipping in Salsa

This Copycat Restaurant Style Salsa recipe will definitely hit the spot if you are craving authentic salsa that you can eat any time, right in the convenience of your own home.

Copycat Restaurant Style Salsa with chips

Copycat Restaurant Style Salsa

Healthy, fresh, and flavorful and tastes just like your favorite Mexican restaurant's salsa
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 15


  • 1 large can Whole Tomatoes
  • 1 can Rotel
  • 2 cloves Garlic, chopped
  • 3/4 cup Cilantro
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • 1 tsp Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Cumin
  • 1 can Diced Green Chiles (or 1 sliced fresh jalapeno with seeds)
  • 1/2 medium Onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar


  • Gather all of your ingredients, chop onion and garlic. Set the cilantro and onion aside. Add all of the remaining ingredients into a food processor or blender.
  • Pulse 5-6 times until desired consistency is reached. For chunkier salsa, less pulses are needed.
  • Add in the onion and cilantro. Pulse 2-3 more times, until your desired consistency is reached.
  • Optional: refrigerate for 30 minutes prior to serving, this will help the flavors continue to develop.
  • Serve with warm chips. Enjoy!


If using a fresh jalapeno, add the seeds in too if you prefer a spicier salsa. If you like mild salsa, just omit the seeds.
Keyword Best Salsa Recipe, Copycat Restaurant Style Salsa, Homemade salsa, Salsa

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