Restaurant-Quality Salsa

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Restaurant-Quality Salsa!

One of our favorite things about going to a great Mexican or Tex-Mex restaurant is the salsa with warm tortilla chips that are brought to you just as you are seated.

Doesn’t get much better than that!

Restaurant-quality salsa in a jar on a green board


This is so good.  You’re gonna love it.  This is as good as any restaurant salsa…we promise!  Ole!

Watch us show you how easy it is to prepare this wonderful salsa!

If you want to get even deeper flavor, grab a couple fresh tomatoes and jalapeños and either roast them in your oven or cast-iron skillet. Then, add them (in place of the canned tomatoes and fresh peppers) to the food processor.

No matter how you do it, you will love this salsa!

We love putting this salsa on our homemade Tex-Mex Beef Tacos!

Tex-Mex Beef Tacos recipe

This Restaurant-Quality Salsa is so simple to make, it’s almost a crime if you don’t give it a shot!

You won’t be disappointed!

NOTE: We are constantly tasting and updating recipes. We have made a couple minor adjustments to the seasonings since this video was filmed.

restaurant-quality salsa in a glass jar

Other recipes you might like:

Roja and Roasted Verdes Salas
Roasted Corn Salsa
Chilaquiles: Fried Egg and Salsa Platter
Black Bean and Roasted Chicken Tostadas

In the meantime, go make this amazing Restaurant-Quality Salsa!

Restaurant-quality salsa

Restaurant-Quality Salsa

Don't you just love the salsa that is brought to your table with warm tortillas chips at your favorite Tex-Mex or Mexican restaurant.  Well, now you can make this kind of salsa at home!  In minutes!
5 from 11 votes
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Tex-Mex, Mexican
Keyword: Salsa, Easy
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 10 people
Calories: 58kcal


  • 1 28 oz. can whole tomatoes, with juice San Marzano are best
  • 2 cans Ro-tel (tomatoes with peppers) we use 1 can mild, 1 can original
  • ¼ cup onion chopped
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 fresh jalapeño seeded and chopped
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp Kosher salt
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • ¼ cup cilantro chopped (use more, if desired)
  • 1 lime juiced, about 1 tbsp


  • Place all ingredients in a large food processor (or blender).  This can also be done in batches if using a smaller processor.
  • Pulse to get desired consistency.  We like ours still with some tomato chunks left. This usually takes about 10 pulses. 
  • Taste with a tortilla chip and adjust seasoning, to taste. 
  • Store in an air-tight container in the fridge, preferably for at least 1 hour, or longer. 
  • Serve with warm tortilla chips!



Calories: 58kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 233mg | Potassium: 13mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 27IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 1mg
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    • Hi Amy!!! We are so so happy you made the salsa and loved it! Woo hoo! Thank you so much for sharing and for the fantastic review. That means so much to us! Please stay in touch! All the best, Kris & Wesley

    • Hi Alene! Nothing major! I believed we pulled back on the canned San Marzano tomatoes. We’re constantly tweaking! This salsa is really good! Let us know if you make it and what you think!

  • 5 stars
    This was awesome thanks so much,
    There is a saying here in San Antonio Texas, “If the mexican restaraunt has made an effort on the chips and salsa – then the rest of the food should be ok”.
    But if not just walk out don’t waste your time.

    • Hi Jay! That truly just made our day! And we feel the exact same way! You really can tell the quality of a TexMex/Mexican restaurant by the chips and salsa!! We are so so happy you enjoyed our version! And thank you SO MUCH for sharing and for the GREAT review! That means so much to us! Please stay in touch! All the best, Kris & Wesley

  • OMG, I love you guys! Love Joe T’s in Fort Worth, too! I’m a salsa girl and totally get judgy walking into a Mexican food restaurant. You are right, if the salsa isn’t good, I’m not getting my hopes up for the rest that is to come. Gonna try this recipe out! I was searching out a copy cat recipe for a restaurant in the Houston/Spring area called La Maria and this one looks similar!

    • 5 stars
      Hi Kelli (neighbor, lol!) I live in Tomball and couldn’t agree more… if the salsa isn’t good, then all bets are off!!! Tex-Mex is the best, right? I have a few nearby favs, but mostly it’s like… well I like the enchiladas at this one, the fajitas at this one, the queso over there, etc. Martha’s is a newer venue here in Tomball and is pretty good. Can’t recall if I ever went to La Maria’s… it’s on Stuebner, right? I found this recipe and use it as a serious base for my own homemade salsa all the time! I also make a great version of “Ninfa’s Green Sauce” too! So glad you posted!!!

  • 5 stars
    We miss our Family in Texas so much. To cook your texmex recipes reminds us on good times while spending summer vacations with our loved ones.
    Hopefully corona will be over pretty soon and we are allowed to come back.

    • We completely understand, Heike! Nothing brings the memories back much better than making TexMex at home. Stay safe and stay positive. Things will be back to normal soon. Much love! Kris & Wesley

  • 5 stars
    I can stop looking for salsa recipes now. This is perfection. Tossed in a few jalapeño seeds, but other than that, followed the recipe exactly. Love your website. The chicken salad is also a keeper.

    • Kelly, you seriously just made us tear up a little bit! We are such salsa snobs and the fact that you love our version so much literally made our month!! It’s really good, right? We are so glad you are enjoying our recipes and please stay in touch!!! xoxo Kris & Wesley

    • Awesome!!!! So glad you loved our salsa recipe! We’re kinda crazy for it, too! Thanks so much for letting us know and especially for the GREAT review! That means the world to us!! Stay in touch! All the best, Kris & Wesley

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