The Best Salsa Recipe is a delicious restaurant-style salsa that’s easy to make and ready in minutes! It’s the perfect appetizer with tortilla chips and tastes fantastic with Mexican food and many other dishes!

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My homemade salsa recipe has totally spoiled me. You see, I pick a favorite Mexican restaurant based on how much I like their chips and salsa. The chips must be warm and crispy, but there must be a great salsa! Since I enjoy it so much, I make my own and think this fresh, homemade restaurant-style salsa is the best!

This delicious Best Salsa recipe rivals any restaurant salsa – and I love that I can make it at home anytime. And it’s always a hit with family and friends, too. Not only is it delicious with chips, but we also love it with so many dishes, from tacos to my Salsa Chicken. Since it comes together in minutes with ingredients that I usually have on hand, I can whip it up at a minute’s notice.

Why I Love this Recipe

  • Rivals restaurant favorites – This is delicious and full of flavor as those in your favorite Mexican restaurant. I’ve tested this recipe to get it just right – and tell you how to adjust the heat to your preference too!
  • Easy recipe – It is made from simple ingredients that you most likely have on hand, and it comes together in just a few minutes.
  • Versatile – Perfect with everything from chips to quesadillas to chicken and beef!

Best Homemade Salsa Recipe

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This couldn’t be any easier to make! It’s so quick and so delicious you’ll really wonder why you ever bought it at the store. It just takes 5 minutes, no cooking at all, for a fresh, homemade salsa recipe that everyone loves!

How to Make the Best Homemade Salsa

You will need a few essential ingredients to make this recipe. I’ve included a substitution option too.

Ingredients

  • Canned Tomatoes – While I love fresh tomatoes, I also love to make salsa year-round. I find that using good-quality crushed tomatoes is quick and easy to make at any time. The other recipe ingredients are fresh and add brightness to it while keeping this simple to make in a few minutes. For a fresh salsa, my Pico de Gallo uses fresh chopped tomatoes and is a delicious option!
  • Onion – You can use white onion or green onion – or whichever onion you prefer.
  • Fresh Garlic Cloves – You can also use Stone House Seasoning as a substitute for the garlic, salt, and pepper if you wish.
  • Jalapeno Peppers – These give the salsa its heat and spiciness. Adjust the level of heat by the amount of jalapenos and/or the membranes and seeds used in your recipe. For mild salsa, start with one jalapeno with the membrane and seeds removed and test the heat. For medium salsa, add another pepper or leave some of the membranes included from the first pepper and taste test for desired heat. Add the second pepper if desired. For hot salsa, add an additional jalapeno and its membrane a bit at a time until you reach the desired heat level.
  • Fresh Cilantro – This is essential to the fresh taste and an ingredient I don’t skip.
  • Lime Juice and Zest – It adds a “zing” to the salsa and adds so much brightness to it.
  • Salt and Pepper

Step-by-Step Instructions

Here’s how I make it.

Chop ingredients and put in blender. Roughly chop the onion, garlic, and jalapeno pepper and place them into a blender or food processor. Add tomatoes and any remaining ingredients into the blender or food processor as well. If you use the Stone House Seasoning instead of garlic, salt, and pepper, add it now as well.

Pulse, don’t blend. Give the food processor or blender about 2-5 short pulses until the salsa reaches the consistency that you want it. It’s essential to PULSE and not blend. If you let it blend too long, the salsa may be too thin.

Rest, then serve. I think giving the salsa a little rest is important to get the best flavor! The salsa is delicious immediately after making it, but it is the BEST when you allow the flavors to combine by letting it rest for about 15 minutes before serving.

Store. Place any remaining salsa in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

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Make Ahead and Freezing Instructions

This takes just about 5 minutes to make, and while you can eat it immediately, the flavors tend to meld together if you allow it to sit for about 15 minutes. So I love that you can make ahead or freeze this salsa!

To make ahead. Make the salsa as directed and place it in an airtight container, or cover it well with wrap. Place in the refrigerator until ready to serve, up to 7 days.

To store. Place the remaining salsa into an airtight container or cover it well with wrap. Store in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.

To freeze. Place into a freezer-safe container and store in the freezer for up to 3 months. To serve, allow to thaw in the refrigerator overnight, stir and serve.

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More Favorite Salsas to Try

Cranberry Salsa

Tomatillo Salsa Verde

Mango Blueberry Salsa

Here’s the Best Homemade Salsa recipe. Make it soon! You’ll love it!

Best Homemade Salsa Recipe (Restaurant Style Salsa)

5 from 9 votes
The Best Salsa Recipe is a delicious restaurant-style salsa that's easy to make and ready in about five minutes! It's the perfect appetizer with tortilla chips and tastes fantastic with Mexican food and many other dishes!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2 1/2 cups

Ingredients 

  • 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 large onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1-3 medium jalapeno peppers, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup cilantro
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 medium lime, juice and zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Instructions 

  • Add all ingredients to the container of a food processor or blender. Pulse the food processor or blender until the salsa recaches the consistency that you prefer, about 3-5 pulses. It is best when you allow the flavors to combine by letting the salsa rest about 15 minutes before serving. Store any remaining in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Notes

Adjust the heat of your salsa with your jalapenos. Jalapenos with membranes and seeds removed will be much milder. Begin with one jalapeno that has been deseeded, and the membrane removed, and then adjust based on your preference for taste.
To make ahead. Make the salsa as directed and place it in an airtight container, or cover it well with wrap. Place in the refrigerator until ready to serve, up to 7 days.
To store. Place the remaining salsa into an airtight container or cover it well with wrap. Store in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.
To freeze. Place into a freezer-safe container and store in the freezer for up to 3 months. To serve, allow to thaw in the refrigerator overnight, stir and serve.
Use 1 teaspoon of Stone House Seasoning in place of fresh garlic, salt, and pepper, if desired. 

Nutrition

Serving: 0.25cup | Calories: 21kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Sodium: 584mg | Potassium: 54mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 4.3mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 0.2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Enjoy!
Robyn xo

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From the Add a Pinch recipe archives. Originally published 2013.

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34 Comments

  1. This sounds wonderful; am going to make it later today. Do you think this recipe can be used to process in a water bath canner? I would love to make it with the great tasting summer tomatoes and have it all year.

    1. I’ve not canned this salsa yet, Kelly. If you do can it, I’d love to hear how it turns out! Thanks! xo

    1. Isn’t it so fresh and delicious – and simple to make, Margaret?! I’m so happy you enjoy it! xo

  2. 5 stars
    I made this on Sunday and it was so easy and delicious. I usually buy it from a local restaurant because I thought making salsa was a long process but no more; this was way better. So Thank you!

  3. 5 stars
    I made this Sunday and it was sooo easy and delicious. I usually buy my salsa from a local restaurant but no more; this was just so much easier and better! I always thought it was a long drawn out process; so Thank you.

    1. You would want to use the same ratio of tomatoes, so yes, about 28-ounces or 3 1/2 cups. I hope you enjoy it!

  4. 5 stars
    That sounds delicious. I usually make a salsa with canned and fresh tomatoes plus the lime “my children love the lime more than I do”. I think I will try this because mine is great, but not quite (restaurant) tasting.

    1. It’s really tasty and so easy to make! I hope you and your family enjoy it! xo

  5. The way I control the heat is by roasting my peppers first. If you use raw, the longer it sits the hotter it gets. By using roasted peppers, for some reason it stabilizes the heat so the 5th day tastes like the first. 
    Hope that helps 
    Jennifer from
    Oklahoma

  6. 5 stars
    We just finished our first batch and making more tomorrow, everyone in our family loved it !
    Really a delicious salsa.

    1. I know you were not lost but glad I found you (lol) I am definitely trying this salsa it looks so inviting can’t wait to try it..thank you for shareing.