Fresh Restaurant Style Salsa

Fresh Restaurant Style Salsa in a bowl next to chips and tomatoes

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

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.

Roma tomatoes, jalapeños, onion, cilantro, garlic, lime juice, salt, & a pinch of sugar are blended together in a food processor to make the perfect Fresh Restaurant Style Salsa.

Fresh Restaurant Style Salsa

Fresh Restaurant Style Salsa


  • 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.
  • Don’t skip out on the sugar, it balances out the acidity.
  • Looking for a food processor? This is the one I use: 

Fresh Restaurant Style Salsa

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


  • 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)
  • 1/4 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1/2 small onion (1/4 cup diced)


  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. 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.
  4. Best served chilled.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1/2 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 20Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 181mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 1g
Nutritional data is automated, final nutritional information will depend on ingredients used and any changes made.
Fresh Restaurant Style Salsa

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Lauren, The Schmidty Wife

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