Restaurant-Style Salsa You Make In Your Blender!

Blender salsa

This is the quickest, easiest, most delicious Restaurant Style Salsa I’ve ever made! Bar none. I spied this recipe on Pinterest and immediately knew I had to try it! As fate would have it, this recipe turns out to be from a blogger that lives less than 1/2 an hour from me! I’ve since had the pleasure of getting to know Kelley, and I highly recommend you get to know her too at Mountain Mama Cooks.

I also highly recommend you get to know her Blender Salsa because it is soooooo GOOD! My instinct was right on this one….so I HAD to share it with you! :-)

Blender Salsa

Quick and Easy Blender Salsa

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Blender Salsa

Blender Salsa


  • 1- 14 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1- 10 oz can original Rotel
  • 1/2 small onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and smashed
  • 1/2-1 jalapeno, seeded or not (depends on how spicy you like it)
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • small to medium size handful of cilantro, washed
  • juice of 1 lime

Blender Salsa


Put all the ingredients in the base of a food processor or good blender and pulse to combine for 30 seconds or so until all the ingredients are finely chopped and salsa is desired consistency.

Blender salsa

Season to taste. Serve with chips or over tacos.


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  • I love that this salsa is fresh and so lo-cal. In the winter I blend 1 large (28 oz) can of peeled tomatoes with 1 bunch of cilantro and mix in 1 bunch of green onions, sliced. I add salt to taste. It’s so good with meat, fish, eggs, and lasts about 2 weeks in the fridge.

  • Hi Jillee:
    Why is it that people keep calling PURPLE onions red? I have never seen a red onion in my life, and if you place a ripe red tomato beside a PURPLE onion you will distinctively notice that there is a great difference. If we as grown people do not know the difference in colors, how will we teach our young children to be accurate when naming colors? I hope someone would start correcting this error once and for all, it really does make a great difference.
    Jean Gordon.

    • The purple onions are called red because that is what the producers call them. I am from California and my favorite red (purple) onion is called the “Stockton Red”….

  • Hi, Jillee. Try a red onion, instead of white and remove the honey; add chopped cilantro and remove the cumin. Red onion adds sweetness and tang and the cilantro leaves add a freshness that cumin can’t imitate. And, yes, you can add a vadalia onion for sweetness, but it lacks a certain something the red onion gives. I like my salsa chunky, so I either use my mandoline or chopper for the cilantro and onions (and fresh tomatoes, sometimes). Either recipe is a great base for all kinds of other salsa’s, just add: peach, avocado, pineapple, mango,… gotta go, mouth is watering!!!

  • I, too would like to ask if there is anything I can use to sub for the Rotel, which I’ve never seen in Canada. Or can I just leave it out? Will the salsa taste okay without it?

  • Help! What is Rotel? I don’t curretly live in the States and I’m pretty sure I’ve never seen it on the grocery shelves here in Portugal! What is it and arethere possiblefreshsubstitutes for it? Thanks.

  • This sounds awesome!…..Does anyone have a recipe for Apple Salsa? I’ve been buying it at a local store…but at $6.95 a jar…it’s pricey…Anyone???

  • What is “original Rotel”? I live in Canada and maybe we don’t have it here. I have never heard of it, but would like to make your Salsa Recipe.

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  • Your recipe is good, but you may try this one: Grind roasted tomatoes, onion, chili (these roasted), salt, coriander and seeds of thyme. The peel of roasted tomatoes and chili get black, it gives a delicious flavour with the thyme. All the Mexican sauces taste much better when the tomatoes or green tomatoes are roasted or under cooked in water,

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  • Jillee…I am so glad I just happened to find your blog! I love just about everything you post! This salsa is ABSOLUTELY NO exception!!! I have made about six batches now…once it was a double batch, so I guess that makes it 7 batches! I just got home from the grocery and am making another batch tonight…possibly another double batch! That lasts us for about two weeks! This family cannot get enough of it! It is our favorite salsa recipe…bar none!!! Thanks for the recipe and I look forward to many more posts from you in the future! P.S. I am completely new to the whole blog “following” thing…your blog is my very first “following” I have done! So cool that all your new posts end up in my inbox! :-) Keep up the great posts!

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  • This sounds really good! I’m going to try it and then probably add it to my menu for the Health & Fitness Vacation I am hosting this November to St. Augustine, FL. Check it out…

  • I made this just a minute ago after repinning it on pinterest and it is so yummy! It is hard to find good salsa here in Australia, so I was glad to find a fresh and easy homemade recipe. I used fresh tomatoes with canned ones and no Rotel since it is not available where I live. I wizzed it with a stick blender so it is a not as chunky as pictured, but still really good! Thanks!

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  • […] I ALWAYS have the ingredients on hand for nachos. Which basically means I always have some sort of tortilla chips and some sort of cheese. Today was a bonus day because I also happened to have cilantro on hand AND had just made a batch of my FAVORITE Blender Salsa (that you can find here.) […]

  • Made this to go with dinner tonight. Yummy!!!! Just like the salsa at our favorite Mexican restaurant! Although, I didn’t put the jalapeno in. It would have made it too hot for my kids.

  • Made some of this last night to go with our quesadillas–and I think I have to make another batch to take to my book club meeting on Saturday. Thanks for the idea!!

  • Mmmm…honey in salsa!? Sounds strange but divine! Looks so good! I have been craving chips and salsa for so long!! Thank you for testing it out and sharing it here!

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