One of the things I love about going out to eat at Mexican restaurants is the all you can eat chips and salsa.
I love to recreate our favorite restaurant food and I knew restaurant salsa similar to what we enjoy would not be hard to figure out. I have seen a lot of recipes for homemade salsas, but I had several things that I was looking for in a homemade version of restaurant salsa, so like always, I tweaked and adjusted until I got it just right for us.
I love salsa, but I do not like super spicy salsa. I prefer something with just a little kick to it.
I also do not like super chunky salsa. One of the reasons I like most restaurant salsas is that they tend to be on the thinner side.
My other requirement for a homemade version was for it to be super easy to make, using ingredients that I usually have on hand.
Most homemade salsa call for jalapenos, but jalapenos are not a staple in my kitchen unless it is summer and I have a ready supply growing in the garden. I wanted something I could make at any time. This recipe does have cilantro in it, which I sometimes have on hand, but often do not have. It does add an extra depth of flavor to it, but it is really good without the cilantro. If I have cilantro I put it in, if I do not have it I leave it out.
Another salsa fact about our family is that we go through tons of it. My husband and son both love salsa and put it on everything. Well, not quite everything, but much of their food. We often go through several jars a week, so a homemade version is a nice alternative. It satisfies the salsa lovers in my family, and it lets me make a quick and easy salsa when I need it.
Please tell me we are not the only ones that use that much salsa?
Easy Restaurant Style Salsa
- 2 -14 ounce cans diced tomatoes
- 2 cans diced tomatoes with green chilies (Rotel type and you can adjust the spice by using a spicer or milder version of Rotel)
- ½ onion, chopped
- ½ teaspoon sugar
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon cumin
- ¼ cup cilantro ( basically a few sprigs or leave it out if you do not have any)
- 2 tablespoons lime juice
Combine together in a food processor. Pulse a few times until you reach desired consistency. Depending on your food processor you may need to do this in a few batches. Serve with chips or other Mexican food and enjoy!
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