5 Minute Restaurant Style Salsa

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Who is ready for Cinco de Mayo?   Cinco de Mayo is on Friday which is the perfect day to celebrate!  This week Sunday Supper is sharing our favorite easy Cinco de Mayo recipes so you can be ready to celebrate with all of your friends.

5 Minute Restaurant Style Salsa is an easy and delicious appetizer recipe!

I’ll be honest I had a hard time coming up with a recipe to share this week.  Part of the problem is that I share recipes on this holiday almost every year.   Some of my favorites are my Taco Pizza, Watermelon Margarita, and my Mexican Pasta Salad.  All three are delicious and are tasty recipes for celebrating Cinco de Mayo.

This year I’m sharing a recipe for salsa.  I know I already have about 5 salsa recipes on my blog but most of them are canning recipes because I love taking fresh tomatoes and turning them into a salsa I can enjoy all year long.  Unfortunately tomatoes are not in season in Maryland in May.  We have to wait until August for those.  So this recipe uses canned tomatoes but I don’t think you’ll even notice.

Everything you need to make easy 5 Minute Restaurant Style Salsa!

This recipe is for 5 Minute Restaurant Style Salsa.  I was skeptical when I saw it because of how easy it is.  Basically you take all the ingredients, throw them in a food processor, blend, and you are finished.  I wasn’t sure how good that could possibly taste but I was willing to give it a try.

I whipped up a batch in less than 5 minutes, took a taste, and thought it was just ok.  I was a little disappointed so I put it in the refrigerator and thought I’d come back to it later on.  Let me tell you, refrigerating it made all the difference!  The flavors melded together into one of the best salsas I’ve ever had!

Need a quick snack or appetizer? Check out my 5 Minute Restaurant Style Salsa recipe!

I really like that this salsa is processed finely and has no big chunks in it.  I’m not a big chunky tomato fan so that was perfect.   This salsa had just the right amount of spice to it and of course you can adjust it to your preferences.  I’d say if you make it as I’ve written it that it tastes like a medium salsa.  The jalapenos add a nice amount of heat and the lime juice keeps it tasting fresh.

My husband and I both liked the salsa so much that we enjoyed it as our evening snack several days in a row until it was gone.  I didn’t have this salsa with a margarita but I can only imagine the saltiness of the tortilla chips with this spicy salsa and a cold margarita would be the perfect Friday night celebration.

5 Minute Restaurant Style Salsa is an easy and delicious appetizer recipe!

5 Minute Restaurant Style Salsa

Yield: serves 10
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Try this delicious and easy to make restaurant style salsa with a bit of a kick!


  • 28 oz. whole peeled tomatoes in their juice
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and minced
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ c. fresh cilantro
  • Juice of 1 lime


  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.
  2. Pour into an air tight container and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.


Recipe adapted from The Chunky Chef

Get ready for Cinco de Mayo with this Easy 5 Minute Restaurant Style Salsa recipe!





  1. Your salsa looks incredible, and I agree that a Margarita is the perfect accompaniment!

  2. I love this salsa! My husband will not eat chunks of onions but doesn’t mind if they’re blended like this. This recipe is almost identical to the one they made in a restaurant I worked at in college.

  3. I love easy but tasty recipes like this one. We also don’t really get local tomatoes until late July-August. Canned tomatoes are the perfect alternative. Better than “fresh” supermarket tomatoes.

  4. It’s so funny how sometimes things taste better chilled or warm or room temperature. Sometimes I even like something better after it’s been in the freezer for awhile! I know I would love this salsa and those watermelon margaritas sound fab too!

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