This is the quickest easy restaurant style salsa you'll ever make! It's perfect for those lazy weeknight taco nights! Why not just open a jar of salsa though?? This is so much better!!! I dare you to do a test taste! lol I also love the portion of it. I've found some many salsa recipes online that require multiple 28 ounce cans of tomatoes! Do you realize how much salsa that makes?? It feels like a bucket of salsa!
Anyways, most recipes make such a huge quantity of salsa that its not worth it to make at home for a family of 4 (with only 2 adults)! But since I love my homemade salsa, oh course I had to create a smaller scale version that did not leave out on any flavor.
Lots of Trial and Error
So first I tried to make a salsa using 1 of each ingredient. Meaning a whole onion, jalapeño, lime, can of tomatoes. Big mistake!!! It actually wasn't overly spicy like I was afraid of, no it turned out to super bitter. I found out that was because of the onion. Apparently an entire onion is usually too much for a small batch of salsa.
Meanwhile, the jalapeños did not make as much difference as I thought. Its really a personal preference for how spicy or mild you prefer! I like an whole jalapeno with the seeds. For a milder salsa, either cut that jalapeno in half or just remove the seeds. For additional heat, double the peppers!
The secret ingredients!
The main ingredient in any good salsa is the tomatoes, of course! Fire roasted tomatoes have a great sweet smokey flavor and provide the perfect base for a quick and flavorful salsa.
In this easy restaurant style salsa, I also love to add in a little seasoning that you do not find in all salsa's. A touch of roasted cumin! I don't add any other seasoning to this salsa, just kosher salt and toasted cumin! really helps to bring an earthy, smoky flavor.
You might also be interested in Roasted Salsa Verde Guacamole, Spicy Chipotle Huevos Rancheros, Honey Chipotle Chicken Pasta
Easy Restaurant Style Salsa
- 1 14.5oz fire roasted canned tomatoes
- 1-2 jalapeño pepper
- ¼ cup onion chopped
- 1 garlic clove chopped
- ¼ cup cilantro chopped
- juice of a ½ lime
- ½ teaspoon roasted cumin
- ½ teaspoon salt
- Add all of the ingredients into a blender or food processor, pulse until you get the consistency of salsa you want. (Chill in the refrigerator for up to 1 week before serving)
- Taste and adjust for salt. I like to under salt my salsa a bit because the chips will be salty enough!
- Serve with tortilla chips.
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