Restaurant-Style Blender Salsa

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When my husband and I were younger we would judge a Mexican restaurant on the quality of their salsa. Now you’d think that every Mexican restaurant would serve a simple fresh salsa, but it’s surprising how few actually do. Of the many restaurants we’ve tried in the area over the years, we only found a handful that had a good fresh salsa.

So now, instead of seeking out the elusive fresh salsa, I just make my own at home. That way I can control the heat level and make it with the exact amount and combination of spices that my family likes.

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For this salsa, I just start with some canned diced tomatoes, and add a few fresh ripe tomatoes for extra freshness. Then I add a bid handful of fresh cilantro, some garlic and onion. For spice, I like some smoky cumin and fragrant Mexican oregano. And to lighten everything up, I add a squeeze of fresh lime juice. Now if you like your salsa spicy, just add a jalapeño and then blend away.

Serve this fresh salsa with your favorite Mexican dishes or some freshly fried tortilla chips for dipping.

Since tomorrow in Cinco de Mayo, this salsa would be the perfect pairing for your Mexican dishes. Today, I served this fresh salsa with  Old El Paso Beef Enchiladas. They made a wonderfully hearty lunch for my family.

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Restaurant-Style Blender Salsa

Ingredients:

1 14-oz can diced tomatoes
2 fresh tomatoes
1 clove garlic
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup fresh cilantro, or a handful
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon Mexican oregano
the juice of 1 lime
1 jalapeño, seeded and veins removed (optional)

Directions:

Add all ingredients to blender and blend on low until well combined.

Serve with tortilla chips or your favorite Mexican dish.

This post sponsored by Old El Paso. All opinions 100% mine. 

19 Responses to “Restaurant-Style Blender Salsa”

  1. 1

    I’m a salsa lover… best snack in the whole wide world!

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    Paula - bell'alimento — May 5, 2014 @ 9:33 am

    We can’t get enough salsa in our house! Love this.

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    Nutmeg Nanny — May 5, 2014 @ 10:29 am

    Oh my! I love that this salsa is made in the blender! It’s the perfect consistency for dipping 🙂

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    Julie — May 5, 2014 @ 2:12 pm

    Mmmm, salsa + chips is a great snack for Cinco de Mayo – and this salsa looks awesome!

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    Brenda@SugarFreeMom — May 5, 2014 @ 2:26 pm

    I love a good spicy salsa and yours looks great!!

  6. 6

    Great cinco de mayo recipe!! I love a good homemade salsa…

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    Liz — May 5, 2014 @ 3:34 pm

    To tell you the truth, all I need on Cinco de Mayo is a bag of chips and some traditional salsa. Your recipe looks perfect!

  8. 8

    We would gobble this up in record time here. YUM!

  9. 9

    I love making my own salsa rather than buying. I do keep some in the pantry – just in case but this restaurant style blender salsa of yours looks divine 🙂

  10. 10

    That salsa looks absolutely perfect!

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    Rose | The Clean Dish — May 6, 2014 @ 7:32 am

    Great. One can never have enough salsa recipes! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  12. 12

    I LOVE a homemade, spicy salsa, can’t wait to try your recipe! 🙂

  13. 13

    We don’t celebrate Cinco de Mayo, but you’ll never see me turning down a good bowl of salsa. I love the stuff, and like you, judge a restaurant by how good theirs is. Yours looks absolutely fantastic.

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    Katie — May 6, 2014 @ 11:57 am

    I make fresh salsa weekly in our house. I can’t wait to try this recipe!

  15. 15

    I always forget to buy salsa so this would be prefect! Salsa is kind of like it’s own food group around our house!

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    Angie | Big Bear's Wife — May 7, 2014 @ 9:40 am

    I’m going to try this soon! We always love the salsa!

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    Natasha — May 7, 2014 @ 3:29 pm

    That’s funny you say you judge a Mexican place by it’s salsa. I do the same but I must say I also add the margarita to that! LOL I’m going to have to try this. Looks yummy!!

  18. 18

    Fresh salsa is a must! I love this blender salsa. Pinned.

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