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5 Minute Restaurant Salsa | The Chunky Chef | Bright and fresh, this salsa is the best you've ever tasted! So easy to make and it's sure to "wow" anyone you make it for!
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Restaurant Salsa

Bright and fresh, this salsa is the best you've ever tasted!
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 18kcal


  • 28 ounce can whole plum tomatoes including juice
  • 1 small white onion peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 - 2 jalepeno peppers seeded and chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 1/4 to 1 teaspoon granulated sugar optional, and to taste
  • 1 - 2 handfuls cilantro I prefer 2
  • About 3 tablespoons lime juice


  • Add all ingredients to food processor in the order listed. Pulse a few times to break up the large pieces, then process until texture is as smooth as desired.
  • Taste the salsa and based on personal preference, adjust as necessary.
  • Transfer to airtight container and let sit in the refrigerator for a couple of hours or 1 day for best flavor.
  • Serve with tortilla chips and enjoy!



** I remove the seeds from my jalapeno peppers to reduce the heat level. This way you'll get all the fresh jalapeno flavor and some heat, but not a crazy amount of heat.
** I also add the teaspoon of sugar to balance out the acidity of the tomatoes and I think it heightens the other flavors.
** If you'd like, you could stir in some corn kernels, black beans, or chopped tomatoes.
** Recipe makes approximately 4 cups.


Calories: 18kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Sodium: 198mg | Potassium: 177mg | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 550IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 0.4mg