Restaurant Style Homemade Salsa

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An easy to make Restaurant Style Salsa that is homemade and done in less than 5 minutes, perfect for those Salsa lovers who need to have it NOW!

Happy Tuesday ya’ll! I have been dying to share some of the pics from our Napa Trip with you. Things have been crazy over here since we got back, Cason had his birthday party Sunday  so I finally feel like my head is above the water… a little.

Plus… I just couldn’t wait to show you how beautiful Napa was. If you ever get a chance to go. JUMP ON IT!

Napa Pic 1

The first day we were there we did a wine tour. Basically a party bus that takes you around to a bunch of wineries. {we used Platypus tours, which I totally recommend. Carl is awesome!} The first day we went to four wineries: Hoppers Creek, Razi, Cosentino Winery, and Hagefen Cellars. The first place did a great “intro” to wine. I’m not a big wino so it was helpful to learn how to look at the wine and be able to tell how much alcohol is in it, where it was made, learn how to taste the wine and how not to. They do the intro in the beginning because they know by the 4th stop you wont remember a thing! {smart people right?! haha} Hagefen Cellars was really cool too because alot of their wines are actually served in the White House, so needless to say it was really good!

Napa Pic 2

The second day we ended up booking a couple of tours on our own and had a private car take us around, I felt so fancy. 🙂 That day we went to Nickel & Nickel, {which is my absolute favorite by far} Del Dotto, and Kuleto Winery. I finally felt like I was started to understand which wines I really did like and why they pair certain wines with different dishes. It made me all the more excited to come home, start cooking, and pair dishes with wine.

Napa Pic 4

We finished off our last day at a place I have been dying to go, Bottega Restaurant by Michael Chiarello. He is an incredible chef who use to have a show on the food network, now he just owns a bunch of restaurants. HOLY MOLY, amazing. I had Grilled Lamb Chop that were absolutely to die for and finished off the night with an espresso tiramisu. YUM!

Napa Pic 3

We seriously can’t get back to Napa fast enough. But the next time we go it will be in Fall so I can have an “I Love Lucy” moment and stomp on the grapes! 🙂

Ok, so that was our Napa trip. Now… on to the recipe!

I have been on a Tex-Mex kick lately and todays recipe is no exception. Like every good Mexican meal, you need to start off with a incredible Chips & Salsa dish to get your pallet ready for the amazingness that is about to hit your mouth. I found this Restaurant Style Salsa recipe on Gimme Some Oven the other day and since I’m a salsa fanatic I gave it a try. I was a little hesitant of the flavor the salsa was going to have with using canned tomatoes instead of fresh but it was seriously awesome. I made a few changes to make it my own and fit to our salsa taste, it is definitely a Salsa that is going to be a repeat in our home!

Place 2 cans of 15 oz. fire-roasted tomatoes {drained}, 2 peeled garlic cloves, 1 (4 oz..) can of diced green chilis, 1 bunch of fresh cilantro, 1 medium yellow onion, 1 jalepeno, 1 teaspoon of cumin, half of a red pepper, 1 teaspoon of salt,  and 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper into a blend.

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Pulse blender until all ingredients are smooth, or till your desired consistency.

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Season with additional salt and pepper if needed.

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Serve immediately, or refrigerate in a sealed container for up to 7 days.

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Restaurant Style Homemade Salsa

  • Author: Krista
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 mins
  • Yield: 4 cups 1x
  • Category: Appetizer, Tex-Mex, Condiment & Sauce, Vegetarian



  • 2 (15 oz.)cans fire-roasted tomatoes, {1 drained and 1 not drained}
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 (4 oz.) can diced green chiles, drained
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro
  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • half a red pepper
  • 1 jalapeno, stem removed (remove membranesand seeds, if you want less heat)
  • half of a red pepper
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper


  1. Place fire-roasted tomatoes, garlic cloves, green chilies, fresh cilantro, onion, jalapeño, cumin, half of a red pepper, salt, and black pepper into a blender.
  2. Blend until all ingredients are smooth, or till your desired consistency.
  3. Season with additional salt and pepper if needed.
  4. Serve immediately, or refrigerate in a sealed container for up to 7 days.


Recipe slightly adapted from Gimme Some Oven


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    1. OH.. it is gorgeous Ashley. You would seriously love it, plus all the food there is awesome. If you go, go to Osford Market its a fun foodie place. 🙂

  1. Wow. Happy birthday Carson!
    Awesome photos. Napa looks gorgeous. Sounds like you had a great time together.
    We love salsa. But now I’m a salsa snob. I only like home made. This looks perfect! Hope to give it a try soon. 🙂

    1. Thanks Melanie, napa was seriously unbelievable. Can’t wait to go back.

      I am a total salsa snob too, once you have homemade you will never go back! 🙂

  2. Ah yes – Napa is a lovely place. Looks like you were able to experience all the wonderful things it has to offer. LOVING this recipe- I have been wanting to make my own salsa for a while now.

    1. Yes, seriously one of my favorite places ever now. Can’t wait to go back! 🙂

      Gina, once you make your own you will never go back. It tastes so much better and you know exactly what is going into the salsa, instead of all those “add ins” that help with shelf life.

  3. Renda

    I’ll have to try the can approach. I tried roasting my fresh tomatoes, it comes out too runny… Have you made anything with fresh tomatoes you were happy with??

    1. Yeah I usually like roasting mine. I have a roasted tomato salsa that I really like and a fresh pico de gallo recipe on here that is really good to. The canned approach gave it that “chunky salsa” feel especially if you drain both the cans before blending them.

    1. ohh.. you and the hubs need to go for sure. You would love it, its foodie town. Better yet, how about we all meet there! 🙂 I’m pretty sure that Mike and I would have a blast with you and your hubs! 🙂

    1. oohh, thanks Cindy. That means alot! 🙂 Wine country is absolutely one of my favorite places in the US so far, can’t wait to go back. 🙂

      Canned tomatoes in salsa has totally won me over!

  4. I’m so glad you had such a wonderful trip, Krista! It was much needed I’m sure. I, too, wanna hop on the party bus! I’ve never been to Napa but hopefully that will change soon. Love seeing pictures of you and the hubby. What a beautiful couple ;). Tim and I went out on a date this past Friday night (first time in more than a year I think..he works the evening shifts) which involved lots of chips, salsa, and margarita of course. I can’t wait to make this salsa at home! Hope you have a blessed week.

    1. Oh… evening shift plus your crazy intern schedule = no bueno! Glad you were able to go out on a date night, sometimes just that one night can help so much!

      We had a blast, and I know for sure that you and Tim would love it. It is foodie heaven. 🙂

  5. What a fun trip!!! You guys are darling! I’ve never been to Napa! It looks like such a romantic trip. This salsa is exactly the thing my husband loves. His very favorite thing in the whole world is chips and salsa. Pinned! Thanks Krista!

    1. Thanks Jen! I can’t believe you live in CA and have never been there! Crazy girl! You and the hubs need to plan a weekend trip together. 🙂 Thanks for the pin girl, hope the husband approves!

    1. It so was Sarah, and thank you! Homemade salsa is totally the best way to go, you can so taste the different and it far blows the store bought out of the water!

    1. Yeah, my sister in law who went actually was. She still had a blast. You can taste it and spit it out. But I agree, its way more fun if you can drink it. 🙂 Soon enough my dear.. soon enough. 🙂 Thanks so much for pinning sweet friend!

  6. The Napa pics are beautiful Krista – you and your hubs look adorable:) So glad you had a great time and thanks for sharing the pics with us 🙂 This salsa looks amazing too, pinning – great recipe and can’t wait to try it:)

    1. Awww… thanks Julie! So glad you liked the photos. I had a blast taking them and everything there is just so beautiful! And no, nothing is better than restaurant style salsa!

  7. I love love Napa! We made the mistake of driving ourselves around to all of the different wineries. I won’t be doing that next time. 😉 I love this salsa Krista. I have never made it with canned tomatoes before, but I will next time!!

    1. haha… yeah definitely don’t do that next time! So much better when you don’t have to worry about that. 🙂 Thanks so much for the sweet comments Lisa, I wasn’t sure how the whole canned tomato thing would turn out either. I usually use fresh, but the fire roasted canned were awesome in this!

  8. What a fun looking trip! I shouldn’t be looking at food while I’m hungry…lol. I so want to eat this right off of the screen. On a scale of 1-10 – how hot is this? My kids won’t eat anything too spicy.

    1. Thanks Erlene! I would say on a scale of 1-10 it is probably a 5-6, but I included the seeds. If you want it with less heat I would omit the seeds and do less of the jalapeno then test it. Hope that helps.

    1. Whoops.. sorry about that Jody. I used two 15 oz. cans, but you could totally use regular canned tomatoes in this recipe. I just love the flavor from the fire roasted. 🙂

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