Thursday, February 16, 2012

Restaurant Style Salsa

Now I KNOW ya’ll have seen this recipe all over the blogosphere.

I mean come on, it’s Pioneer Woman! If P-Dub posts something, it gets out there… FAST! She’s brilliant and her food is delish… and she lives on a ranch that has a kitchen that’ll make any woman green with jealousy! 😉

I’d seen this recipe time and time again but didn’t actually make it for the longest time. I’m typically more of a pico de gallo girl (all fresh ingredients - no cans involved)…

So naturally, I was a bit of a skeptic when it came to this canned tomatoes recipe… 

Well, we had a little Super Bowl get together and I wanted some easy items to throw together (and that could be made ahead).

I heard so many rave reviews about this salsa… so between that and the pure ease of the recipe I was sold.

Turns out I’ve been playing myself! This salsa is DELICIOUS. and EASY. We’re talking pulse it up in the blender or food processor kind of easy.

Why did I wait so long to try this? I’ll never know.

But now I have this little gem of a recipe and I’m surely keeping it around! 😉


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Restaurant Style Salsa

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Easy peasy salsa that will please any crowd!


1 can (28 Ounce) whole tomatoes with juice
2 cans (10 Ounce) Rotel (diced tomatoes and green chilies)
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 clove garlic, minced
1 whole jalapeno, quartered and chopped (remove seeds or omit if you don't like spice)
1/4 teaspoon Sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2-1 cup loosly packed cilantro
1 whole lime, juiced


Note: this recipe makes a lot! Use a 12-cup food processor (or blender), process the ingredients in batches and mix together mixing bowl. (Lesson learned... my food processor is an 11 cup and leaked all over the counter! haha)

Add whole tomatoes, Rotel, onion, jalapeno, garlic, sugar, salt, cumin, lime juice, and cilantro in a blender or food processor. Pulse until desired consistency -- 10-12 pulses. Taste and add additional salt if needed.

Refrigerate for an least an hour (overnight is fine). Serve with tortilla chips.

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26 Responses to “Restaurant Style Salsa”

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    Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray (soon to be Rachel Cooks) — February 16, 2012 @ 4:57 pm

    This looks delicious! (I love your cutting board, btw!)

    • Kristina replied: — February 16th, 2012 @ 5:42 pm

      thanks I bought it in Belize when we went on our cruise! 🙂

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    Madison @ Espresso and Cream — February 16, 2012 @ 5:07 pm

    I’ve been meaning to try that salsa recipe for the longest time, too, and I’m not sure why it’s taken me so long. It looks incredibly easy!

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    Kathryn — February 16, 2012 @ 5:17 pm

    I love the cutting board too - it’s really fab! Salsas always go down so well at parties don’t they?

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    lindsay — February 16, 2012 @ 5:36 pm

    yum!! i adore a good salsa recipe! thank you for sharing!!

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    Maria — February 16, 2012 @ 5:43 pm

    I love this! This looks so good. If only I had a food processer !

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    Lane — February 16, 2012 @ 7:05 pm

    I love this salsa! It really does taste like it’s from a restaurant. I had the same problem with my food processor. It was a mess.

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    Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen — February 16, 2012 @ 7:25 pm

    This looks delicious! I only have a mini-food processor, and I’m tempted to get a big one just to make this!

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    Beth Anne — February 16, 2012 @ 8:44 pm

    ahhh loveeee that cutting board… and I love salsa so 2 for 2 today =)… too bad america doesn’t have those!

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    janetha @ meals & moves — February 17, 2012 @ 12:06 am

    This looks fantastic!

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    Becky — February 17, 2012 @ 8:21 am

    Sooo…when are you posting the Q & A of you and the hubs?? 🙂

    • Kristina replied: — February 17th, 2012 @ 9:35 am

      hahaha SOOOOO glad you brought this up. We didn’t end up filming it yet, but I’ve been begging the hubs (I’m showing him this comment TONIGHT!). I’ll try and make it happen this weekend 😉

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    Sandra — February 17, 2012 @ 8:26 am

    Never did it occur to me to use canned tomatoes. However, I trust your taste and like the others love that cutting board!

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    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — February 17, 2012 @ 10:13 am

    Yup made this recipe a million times! It’s my favorite! It reminds me of Chili’s salsa, I love it!!

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    Mom — February 17, 2012 @ 10:29 am

    This looks really good! Looks spicy too!

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    Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids — February 17, 2012 @ 1:17 pm

    Absolutely the best salsa. I always made mine with everything except the ro-tel. Adding that kicked it up to the right notch of absolute perfection.

    I am kind of in love with your photos. Just gorgeous. Happy Friday!

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    Marvleen — February 17, 2012 @ 2:17 pm

    Yes, I too, learned the hard way about the capacity of my food processor when I first made this recipe. Delicious despite the mess that I made. I marked in the margin, use blender next time!!

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    Julie @ Table for Two — February 17, 2012 @ 3:58 pm

    YUM! YES PLEASE..I love restaurant salsa and I literally drink it (I know, I’m embarrassing, you sure you still want to meet up with me in March & April? hahaha)..this looks so delicious!

    • Kristina replied: — February 17th, 2012 @ 4:36 pm

      totally. we’ll be two peas in a pod! 😉

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    Becky — February 17, 2012 @ 5:55 pm

    Looking forward to the Q & A then! Mike - get on it, buddy! Tina’s blog friends want to hear all about ya’ll. Isn’t being an online superstar fun??? Hehehe! 🙂 Blessings you two - have an awesome weekend!

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    Spicy Richmond — February 18, 2012 @ 4:07 pm

    […] right? I had previously seen the Pioneer Woman post for restaurant style salsa and when I saw this the other day I knew it was about time I got around to making some […]

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    Rhonda — February 19, 2012 @ 11:37 am

    I posted a hot sauce recipe today that uses canned tomato too, it really is the best way to make it if you can’t get your hands on good fresh tomatoes. This recipe looks great also.

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    Natalie Cartwright — February 20, 2012 @ 8:51 pm

    Hey Tina - I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award because I think your blog is great! Keep it up (:

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    tuesday’s entirety. - meals & moves | meals & moves — March 28, 2012 @ 12:10 am

    […] had been wanting to make tina’s restaurant-style salsa for weeks now, so i whipped a batch up and it did not disappoint! it also made a LOT, like tina […]

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    Ginny L. — May 9, 2012 @ 1:42 pm

    Hi Tina - I tried this for Cinco de Mayo and it was TASTY. I’m really not sure I can go back to salsa in the jar. I think from now on I’ll half the recipe and keep it on hand! 🙂

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    i don’t use face wash anymore. - meals & moves | meals & moves — May 16, 2012 @ 10:45 pm

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