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Fresh Restaurant Style Salsa

Fresh Restaurant Style Salsa made fresh at home with simple ingredients perfect for appetizers, snacks, and parties. 

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This post was updated 07/13/2020

Restaurant Style Salsa with Fresh Tomatoes

I am an absolute salsa & chips fiend. If there are salsa & chips present chances are those salsa & chips are already in my mouth. I remember growing up I would polish off a whole jar of salsa with chips as an after school snack, I am not just saying a few times like this was a regular occurrence. Oh to have that metabolism still… To this day it is still one of my go to snacks. So I set out to create a Fresh Restaurant Style Salsa.

There are a lot of salsa recipes out there, but so many of them feature canned tomatoes. I am not saying that those salsas are bad, I would still eat it all but I wanted fresh. So I played with the different fresh ingredients until I found the perfect combination of a Fresh Restaurant Style Salsa.

This salsa recipe is made with tomatoes, jalapeños, onion, cilantro, garlic, lime juice, & salt. These fresh ingredients are blended together in a food processor to make the perfect Fresh Restaurant Style Salsa.

white bowl of freshly made salsa using fresh tomatoes with a tortilla chip sticking out

How to Make Homemade Salsa in the Food Processor

For this recipe you will need fresh:

  • Roma Tomatoes
  • Garlic
  • Jalapeños
  • Cilantro
  • Lime juice
  • Salt
  • Onion
ingredients needed to make fresh salsa in the food processor laid out on a table

Easy enough ingredients right? And the best part is that making the actual salsa is just as simple as the list of ingredients. 

You will first prep everything for the food processor. Quarter cut the tomatoes. Half the jalapeños and remove the insides (for a spicier salsa leave the seed and white insides). And roughly chop the onion.

Add everything to a food processor. Processes about 30 seconds until smooth.

two photos of food processor, one with whole ingredients and one with fully processed salsa

Taste check, make sure salt, cilantro, and spice levels are good and adjust as necessary. Best served chilled.

white bowl of freshly made salsa surrounded by tortilla chips and lime wedges
homemade fresh salsa on a tortilla chip

Question, Tips & Tricks:

  • This salsa can definitely be personalized, add extra cilantro if you love that flavor, or extra jalapeños if you love it spicy.
  • While the recipe calls for 1/2 teaspoon of salt, the actual amount you may use can vary greatly on your personal preference and what type of chips you are using (some will be a lot saltier than others). So start at 1/2 teaspoon and work your way up if you like it more salty.
  • If you are having trouble balancing the acidity out or it seems a bit bitter and a little bit of sugar, about ½ to 1 teaspoon.
  • Looking for a food processor? This Hamilton Beach Food Processor from Amazon is the one I use.

close up of freshly made salsa in a white bowl with a tortilla chip sticking out

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Also do you know what goes great with chips and salsa?

My Hibiscus Margaritas! 

overhead view of fresh salsa made in the food processor in a white bowl surrounded by tortilla chips and lime wedges

Fresh Restaurant Style Salsa

Yield: about 3 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

restaurant style salsa made fresh at home with simple ingredients

Ingredients

  • 6 roma tomatoes
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 jalapeños
  • 1/2 cup packed cilantro (or more to taste)
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (or up to 1 teaspoon to taste)
  • 1/2 small onion (1/4 cup diced)

Instructions

  1. Quarter cut the tomatoes. Half the jalapeños, for a spicier salsa leave the seed and white insides, for a mild salsa use a spoon to scoop out the seeds and white insides. Roughly dice the onion.
  2. Add everything to a food processor. Processes about 30 seconds until smooth.
  3. Taste check, make sure salt, cilantro, and spice levels are good and adjust as necessary. Best served chilled.

Notes

This salsa can definitely be personalized, add extra cilantro if you love that flavor, or extra jalapeños if you love it spicy.

The recipe calls for 1/2 teaspoon of salt, the actual amount you may use can vary greatly on your personal preference and what type of chips you are using (some will be a lot saltier than others). So start at 1/2 teaspoon and work your way up if you like it more salty!

Original recipe asked for 1/4 teaspoon granulated sugar, after reviewing the recipe I am making this optional, add in a pinch of sugar if the salsa seems too bitter.

Keeps in the fridge for 3-4 days.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1/2 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 19Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 181mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 1g

Nutritional data is automated, final nutritional information will depend on ingredients used and any changes made.

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Lauren, The Schmidty Wife

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