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5 Minute Restaurant Style Salsa and How to Host Taco Tuesday from The Food Charlatan
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5 Minute Restaurant Style Salsa

Why do we buy canned salsa? Whyyy?? This salsa takes 5 minutes to throw together, and it really does taste like it's from a restaurant. Also, scroll down to read how Eric and I have been hosting Taco Tuesdays all summer, and how you can too!
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 16kcal
Author: Karen


  • 2 tomatoes 12 ounces OR 1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 small onion don't go crazy. You don't want dragon breath
  • 1/2 clove garlic or 1 very small clove
  • 1/2 jalapeno seeds and membranes discarded
  • 3 tablespoons cilantro
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice fresh! fresh!
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon sugar
  • pepper to taste, optional


  • Core the tomatoes and slice them in half. Add them to a food processor or blender. 
  • If you are using canned tomatoes, drain them in a colander. Or squeeze a handful at a time out over the sink. Add drained tomatoes to the blender.
  • Add the onion. Smash the garlic with the side of a knife and add that too. 
  • Add half a jalapeno.
  • Add the cilantro. I just chopped off what looked like about 3 tablespoons worth of leaves from the bunch and threw it in. You can always add more if you want.
  • Add the lime juice, cumin, salt, sugar, and black pepper.
  • Pulse the mixture about 1 full second at a time until blended. Stop a few times to scrape down the edges so you get everything chopped up. Don't go overboard or it will get too watery. 
  • Serve with chips! Juanitas are the best chips. The salsa tastes great right away, but is even better the next day, after the flavors have married. Such a great union. 


Next time, if I have a 4 ounce can of green chiles on hand, I will drain them well and throw it in to my salsa. Try it out! Fire roasted is even better. 


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 16kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 294mg | Potassium: 165mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 554IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg