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Salsa recipe in a bowl next to chips, lime slices and cilantro.
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5 from 17 votes

Best Salsa Recipe (Easy Restaurant-Style)

This restaurant-style salsa is hands down the best salsa recipe. It's easy, takes just five minutes and loaded with flavor!
Prep Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 5 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: fresh salsa recipe, Mexican Salsa, restaurant style salsa, Salsa Recipe
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 6kcal
Author: Lisa Bryan


  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 yellow onion roughly chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper seeded and roughly chopped
  • 2 14-ounce cans fire-roasted diced tomatoes drained
  • 1 4-ounce can green chilies
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro approx 1/2 a bunch
  • 1/2 lime juiced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt to taste


  • Add the onion, garlic and jalapeno to the food processor first. These ingredients will be chopped finer if they're on the bottom.
  • Then add the drained tomatoes, green chilies (no need to drain), cilantro, lime juice and salt.
  • Pulse in one second increments. Keep pulsing until the salsa is well-blended, but still a little chunky.
  • Season to taste with additional salt, or lime juice, if needed.
  • Serve the salsa immediately or store it for later.



  • Makes approximately 4 cups of salsa, which is perfect for a party.
  • I store the leftover salsa in these glass jars.


Calories: 6kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 147mg | Potassium: 15mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 86IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 1mg