Restaurant Style Homemade Salsa

Restaurant Style Homemade Salsa! Loaded with the Mexican flavors you love – Tomatoes, Onion, Jalapeno, Garlic, Cilantro and more.

Next to Christmas, our second favorite holiday is Cinco de Mayo! This Southern California girl loves nothing more than the Pacific Ocean, sunshine, margaritas and Mexican food! Not the Tex-Mex you’ll find at Chili’s, but authentic Mexican Food. There is no comparison when you’ve had both.

The first step to mastering Mexican Recipes is to start with an easy homemade salsa. Our restaurant style homemade salsa is loaded with all your favorite Mexican flavors – jalapeno, garlic, lime and salt!

Ingredients to make restaurant style salsa in a blender.

Use this salsa recipe on tons of favorite: Pollo Asado Tacos using grilled pollo asado, Refried Bean Dip, Carne Asada Tacos (Carne Asada), Carne Asada Nachos, Carne Asada Fries, Steak Fajitas or Chicken Fajitas.

We like to kick back with our favorite Margarita Recipe when we’re cooking Mexican grub. Make sure to come back next week when our famous Carne Asada burritos will be posted. Until then you can check out our Easy Slow Cooker Carnitas Recipe.

You’ll want to dive into a batch of this Mexican restaurant style salsa recipe once you’ve taken your first bite. It’s that good. Homemade salsa is super easy to make, and very forgiving for different palates. We tend to serve a “hot” and “mild” version when hosting cause most guests can’t handle the heat we bring!

Homemade Salsa Tips

Pick the Ro*tel Mild if you like a milder salsa. Pick the Ro*tel Hot if you prefer some heat.

Use rotel to make Rotel Dip!

This homemade salsa tastes best after it’s been marinating in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.

This can be prepared up to 48 hours in advance.

Omit the cilantro if you’re a hater. We get it. We really do. We don’t use it in our 4 ingredient guacamole either.

We super heart garlic here, so we tend to add a lot. A LOT. So start small and keep adding until your satisfied.

Use this with our pico de gallomango pico de gallo, Mango Habanero Sauce and smoked salsa recipes and your Mexican condiment recipes are on point.

Homemade salsa in a small green bowl with cilantro.

Homemade Salsa – Restaurant Style

Restaurant Style Homemade Salsa! Loaded with the Mexican flavors you love – Tomatoes, Onion, Jalapeno, Garlic, Cilantro and more.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 18kcal
Author: Darcey Olson
Cost: $5


  • 1 can Rotel (Drained (10 oz))
  • 1 can Diced Tomatoes (Undrained (14.5 oz))
  • ¼ Diced Red Onion
  • ½ Jalapeno (Seeded and Diced)
  • ½ – 1 tbsp Minced Garlic (To Taste)
  • 1 tbsp Lime Juice
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • ¼ tsp Cumin
  • Handful Cilantro (to Taste)


  • Drain the can of Rotel and add to the blender.
  • Add the remaining ingredients to the blender and pulse 10-12 times.
  • Taste and adjust seasonings to your preference.
  • If needed, pulse 2-3 more times until smooth.


Calories: 18kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.02g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.05g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.03g | Sodium: 121mg | Potassium: 168mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 105IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1mg
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