Throw together this restaurant style (and quality) blender salsa in just 5 minutes using fresh or canned tomatoes. It’s vibrant, flavorful, fresh, endlessly tweakable, and perfect for enjoying with chips and more during summer or all-year-long!
If you’re looking for the quickest and most delicious homemade restaurant style salsa, you’ve found it. This six-ingredient blender salsa recipe takes just minutes to whip up, is practically foolproof, and is perfect for serving with chips, at potlucks, on game days, taco Tuesdays, Cinco de Mayo, and anywhere you’d usually enjoy salsa!
Not only is this salsa restaurant quality, but you won’t believe how simple it is to throw together. Just roughly chop your ingredients and chuck them in a blender or food processor to pulse into your desired consistency. This not only makes for the perfect summer salsa while tomatoes are in season, but canned tomatoes allow you to enjoy it year-round!
Best of all, this summer salsa recipe requires no cooking, is budget-friendly, far exceeds grocery-store salsa in all ways, and fits several diets, including vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, paleo, and whole30!
While salsa refers to any sauce in Spanish, in English, it’s come to refer to a specific type of Mexican table sauce. Even then, there are many varieties of tomato salsa, the two main types include:
Salsa Roja (also called red salsa): This is a tomato salsa, often made with cooked (like this roasted red salsa) or canned tomatoes alongside onion, garlic, and hot peppers. Its texture is usually sauce-like rather than chunky.
Salsa Fresca ‘fresh sauce’ (also called Salsa cruda ‘raw sauce’): This fresh salsa contains similar ingredients to the salsa Roja recipe but uses fresh tomatoes. In terms of texture, fresh salsas come either as restaurant-style salsa (like this easy blender salsa), which is thinner and sauce-like in consistency. Alternatively, there are plenty of chunky varieties, like Pico de Gallo, where the ingredients are finely chopped rather than blended.
This easy blender salsa falls somewhere in the middle of several types. It’s smooth (but the texture is adjustable) and lightly spicy, just like your favorite Mexican restaurant salsa, and it’s loaded with the fresh flavors of tomato, onion, garlic, jalapeno, and cilantro, like a Salsa Fresca (Pico de Gallo, salsa Mexicana, summer salsa, tomato salsa, ec.). For that reason, you’ll notice we use the terms interchangeably.
Just 6 ingredients plus salt, and optional oil are all you need to pull together this summer salsa recipe.
If you don’t have access to any tasty fresh tomatoes or want to make this restaurant salsa recipe out of season, we recommend canned fire-roasted tomatoes (diced). Drain the cans first if you prefer a less liquidy salsa (you can always add some back in if preferred.
For a smokier flavor, use smoky dried chiles and rehydrate them in warm water/veg stock for 20-30 minutes.
This easy salsa recipe can be adapted and boosted in several ways. This includes the addition of:
Follow three simple steps to throw together this delicious restaurant-style blender salsa recipe in just minutes!
Lots of the heat is in the seeds, so you can remove some or all of them to adjust the heat level of this summer salsa.
If you prefer a bit of texture, then pulse for less time. If you want a chunky salsa Fresca (Pico de gallo) type salsa, pulse just a few times or skip the blender entirely and finely chop all the ingredients instead.
While you can enjoy the tomato salsa immediately, I highly recommend transferring it to the fridge for a minimum of 30 minutes to give it time for all the ingredients and flavors to meld. Enjoy!
We recommend allowing this a minimum of 30 minutes to rest before serving to allow the flavors to meld. However, 24hrs of ‘marinating’ in the fridge is the real sweet spot. Then, you can store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 5-7 days.
If you make it from canned tomatoes, it’s freezer friendly for up to 3 months. I don’t recommend freezing the version using fresh tomatoes, though.
You may already have a use in mind for this delicious fresh tomato salsa. However, if you’re struggling for ideas, here are some of our favorite ways to enjoy this blender salsa!
Photos by Alfonso Revilla
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