Appetizers, Dinner

Restaurant Style Mexican Salsa

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Does anyone around here go to Mexican restaurants (and totally judge them!), solely off of their chips and salsa? No? Just me? Okay, cool.

Homemade Mexican Restaurant Style Salsa is the greatest appetizer for Taco Tuesday or any other party or get together!

I loooove chips and salsa.  But I am actually really picky about it, too.  I am not a fan of huge chunks of tomato swimming in water with whole leaves of cilantro.  Like seriously, yuck. 🙁

My very favorite Mexican restaurant (totally because of the chips and salsa) closed down a couple years back.  I’m not sure why but it was a sad day. Where was I going to get some more salsa (not to mention queso, yummmm)?

I couldn’t find another restaurant that came even remotely close so I decided to get in the kitchen and replicate it the best I could.  Little did I know, it was easyyyyy and makes soooo much! Definitely sharing food and perfect for football season (Go Canes! <- hiiii, Mikey! That was for you!)…

Homemade Salsa is healthier, easier and more delicious than anything at any restaurant.

Homemade Mexican Restaurant Style Salsa is the greatest appetizer for Taco Tuesday or any other party or get together!

It really is guys.  Simple, straightforward ingredients, in the food processor.  Whirl, whirl, done. Yep, that easy. I suggest a little time in the fridge as well so it gets really cold (that’s how I love my salsa!), and so the flavors settle a little more, but you don’t have to if you want to just dig right in.  Give it a try and let me know what you think!!

If you make this recipe, tag me on Instagram or use the hashtag #toeatdrinkandbemarried.  I want to see your salsaaa! 😉

[recipe title=”Homemade Mexican Salsa” servings=”2 cups” time=”15 minutes” ]


  • 28oz can of whole plum tomatoes, including the juice
  • 1 small white onion, roughly chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 tsp. cumin
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 handful cilantro, roughly chopped
  • juice from half of a lime
  • optional: jalapenos



  1. Layer all ingredients in your food processor in the order listed.
  2. Pulse until it is at your desired consistency.
  3. Refrigerate for a couple of hours (unless you’re like me and you just dig right in!)
  4. Serve with tortilla chips or use in my Mexican rice dish



Here’s a simple food processor for under $30 if you need one! It holds 10 cups so you’ll be able to make salsa for a party! Woohoo!

Also here’s a great cast iron skillet for serving that also has spoon rests! Perfect for serving your salsa 🙂


Homemade Mexican Restaurant Style Salsa is the greatest appetizer for Taco Tuesday or any other party or get together!

Looking for another appetizer for your party?

This classic roasted garlic hummus is the perfect Mediterranean appetizer or afternoon snack to enjoy with veggies like carrots and celery or with pita chips. The perfect healthy after school snack for kids!

Roasted Garlic Hummus

23 thoughts on “Restaurant Style Mexican Salsa

  1. My Restaurant Salsa recipe is a staple in our house. I usually pick up my ingredients from the Farmer’s Market. And you’re not the only one who judges Mexican Restaurant by their chips and salsa. 🙂

  2. Omg this looks so good! The most dangerous thing for me at a Mexican restaurant are the chips and salsa – something about the fresh tomatoes and spices plus the salty crunchy chips is like impossible to put them down! I love making my own salsas – so I can’t wait to try this recipe!

  3. Fantastic idea! I really like the cast iron skillet you used. My boyfriend has been asking for so long for us to get a proper iron skillet. And who doesn’t love salsa and chips! Great post, as always.

  4. I love burito, chips and salsa. Moes is my favorite hang-out on Mondays 🙂 I try to limit using canned tomatoes and opt for fresh tomatoes instead. Something about tomatoes being acidic and being put in a can that can react to that acidity (I read about that somewhere). Roasted tomatoes gives more flavor for the salsa.

  5. This looks amazing…just like a restaurant!! And yes…I too judge based on the chips and salsa. It’s like a first impression of the food to come! Definitely trying this soon!!

  6. YUM! I’m a salsa snob too so I totally get it! I’m definitely keep this recipe for my next go at homemade salsa 🙂
    Denise //

  7. I totally have spots I go to just for the chips and salsa! I’ve always wanted to make my own but couldn’t find a recipe that really caught my eye. This one looks easy enough and yummy, so I’m pinning for later! Thank you!

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