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Make your own restaurant-style sale with just a blender and 6 ingredients

Cilantro makes this restaurant-style salsa taste so fresh!

If you love snacking on chips and salsa at your local Mexican restaurant, then give this restaurant-style homemade salsa recipe a try.  In just a few minutes, you can enjoy this salsa that balances heat with the fresh flavour of cilantro. I’ve recently learned that up to 15% of the population thinks cilantro tastes more like soap.

If you suffer from this very real problem, then try our roasted salsa as an alternative – no cilantro required. Making your own salsa or pico de gallo rather than relying on store-bought salsa will kick your meals up a notch.

A jar of salsa on a white background surrounded by fresh cilantro and a slice of lime.

If you make this, you could easily eat a whole bowl of fresh tortilla chips and salsa before you even realized it – this salsa is just that good!

I have a few go-to salsa recipes, including this tomatillo salsa and this roasted tomato version, but this blender version is my favourite.

Chipotle and jalapeno give this salsa heat, but the flavour is elevated with fresh cilantro and lime juice. 

How easy is it to make this restaurant-style salsa?

It really is super easy to make. Check out our video below or our web story for the step-by-step visual guide. No fancy prep is required; simply add all your ingredients to your blender or food processor and blend until you achieve the desired consistency.

Give it a taste, and you can always tweak it a bit to satisfy your own personal salsa tastes. Do you prefer spicy salsa and need a little extra heat? Just add some additional chipotle and jalapeno.

Is the salsa too hot for your taste? Offset with a bit more fresh cilantro and lime juice. Voila! The easiest and tastiest salsa is made in just a couple of minutes. You can make this minutes or hours before serving.

Green cilantro and jalapenos in a blender jar with tomatoes

I recommend straining the canned diced tomatoes to prevent the salsa from becoming too watery.  I prefer a smooth salsa, but you can also simply pulse the salsa in your blender to maintain a more rustic salsa. No matter how you like it best, you will be pleased with how quick and easy this recipe is.

a hand dipping a tortilla chip in a jar of salsa on a table surrounded by lime slices, fresh cilantro and a bowl of tortilla chips.

This recipe is great for dipping chips, topping nachos, tacos, and baked potatoes. I dare you not to finish it in one sitting.

Best drinks to enjoy with your Salsa

Looking for the perfect beverage to accompany your chips and salsa?  I recommend a Whole Lime Margarita or a Frozen Paloma, which are my two favorite tequila-based cocktails.

Tortilla Chip dipped in jar of salsa

Restaurant Style Salsa

Yield: 2.25 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Chipotle and Jalapeno give this restaurant style salsa heat but it is kicked up a notch with fresh cilantro and lime juice.


  • 540 ml can of diced stew tomatoes
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup sliced jalapeños, Jar or Fresh
  • 1 teaspoon of minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon of chipotle puree
  • Juice of 1 and 1/2 limes


  1. Add all ingredients to the blender jar.
  2. Depending on your desired consistency you can either "pulse" the blender for a thicker salsa or you can turn on low-medium variable speed for 20-30 seconds for a smooth consistency.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 9 Serving Size: 1/4 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 88Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 61mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 1gSugar: 5gProtein: 8g

Please note, that the nutritional details are an estimate only and may differ depending on the source of your ingredients. Optional ingredients may be included.

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One Comment

  1. Tastes great but next time I’d stir in minced cilantro instead of blending for a prettier salsa. I left out the chipptle for a fresher taste, but added the whole jalapeno with some of the seeds and membrane for heat.

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