This 5-Minute Restaurant-Style Salsa recipe is perfect for entertaining and snacking and is totally foolproof! A healthy, flavorful Mexican dip that is vegan, paleo and gluten-free.
Chips and salsa is a favorite party appetizer and anytime snack. I used to always buy jars of tomato salsa from the grocery store until I learned how easy (and cheap!) it is to make at home. All you need is a food processor or blender, a handful of ingredients and a few minutes to whip it up. And best of all – homemade salsa tastes so much better than anything you can buy from the store.
Fresh summer tomatoes are crucial to making perfect Pico de Gallo (aka fresh tomato salsa). However, canned tomatoes are the key to flawless restaurant-style salsa. This is because canned tomatoes break down into a saucier consistency than fresh ones do, which is really what you want in a good party dip to go with tortilla chips. Canned tomatoes also have a more concentrated tomato flavor that goes incredibly well with green chiles, garlic, cilantro and lime juice. Not only that, using canned tomatoes means that you can make this recipe year-round, not just during tomato season.
This recipe is totally customizable to your own preferences as well. For a thicker salsa, drain the tomatoes before adding them to the blender or food processor. For less heat, remove the seeds and membranes from the jalapeno pepper. For more heat, add another jalapeno pepper. Don’t care much for cilantro? Just leave it out.
For This Restaurant-Style Salsa Recipe, I Recommend:
- Food Processor – This is the one I use and love! I have had mine for years and it is one of my favorite kitchen tools. I use mine all the time to quickly combine ingredients and to make sauces and dips.
- Citrus Juicer – If you cook with a lot of citrus, a sturdy juicer is a must. This one works for both lemons and limes and will squeeze out every last drop of juice like a pro. Worth every penny.
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5-Minute Restaurant-Style Salsa
- Add all ingredients to a blender or food processor. Pulse until everything is evenly combined but still a bit chunky (not pureed).
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