Mexican food delivers a burst of flavour with every bite. It quickly awakens your taste buds. Mexican cuisine wouldn’t be complete without its favourite condiments like salsa, mole, Chiles en Vinagre, and guacamole.
If you’re tired of craving these until your next visit to a Mexican restaurant, why not try making them home? But don’t know how to make restaurant style salsa easily at home?
Don’t worry! Recipes like these are super easy to make.
We’re about to learn how to make restaurant style salsa in the comfort of your home. Grab some tortilla chips because we’ll discover the best homemade salsa recipe.
We adore spicy food, so we love hot, flavorful salsa, making Mexican and Indian cuisines the loves of my life. We’ve all been searching for the perfect salsa recipe for some time now. And that’s when this fantastic recipe comes with some great tricks and tips.
1. What is Salsa?
For those who mistake salsa for a type of dance, please note that it also denotes a sauce crafted from tomatoes, onion, and various spices. These sauces serve as condiments and dips, renowned for their versatility, enhancing the flavours of your dishes.
The most straightforward tomato-based salsa is Salsa de Mesa or Salsa Roja. Rather than relying on store-bought options, create your own jars of pure flavour. Making salsa at home is the best without compromising taste or overall satisfaction.
Creating this recipe at home will be enjoyable and won’t break the bank. Here’s a tip: Instead of feeling guilty about indulging in a bag of chips, consider that you’re also enjoying sliced vegetables with it. Does that bring a smile to your face?
Additionally, homemade salsa can be hydrating and low in calories. The saturated fat content is nearly non-existent. Moreover, salsas can be a fun way to eat more vegetables while adding flavour.
Pairing them with crudités (don’t be misled by the fancy French name; it simply means vegetable sticks)is delicious.
For the tastiest restaurant-style salsa, go with canned tomatoes. Fresh tomatoes work best for pico de gallo. The prep time to make this fantastic sauce is less than 20 mins. It will stay fresh for more than two weeks in the fridge. Though it usually vanishes into your stomach faster than it takes to make!
Why wait? Let’s look at the ingredients for making the best homemade salsa.
2. Ingredients Required for Making Salsa
This restaurant-style salsa recipe has a short ingredient list; you can easily find these ingredients. Don’t forget to grab a few bags of tortilla chips. This heavenly fresh salsa will be perfect for your next Mexican food night. Here’s a digital recipe card for your reference.
- Whole, canned, chopped tomatoes
- Whole, fresh tomatoes
- Roughly chopped red onion or white onion
- Fresh cilantro (coriander)
- Jalapenos and/ or green chillies ( add to your spice preference)
- Ground cumin
- Sugar (Cancel sugar if your canned tomatoes already come with it).
- Fresh garlic cloves
- Fresh lime juice
- Black pepper/ cayenne pepper/ serrano pepper (optional)
3. Things to Take Care
Making restaurant-style salsa is as easy as squeezing fresh lime juice. You can avoid spending money on salsa from Mexican restaurants. We can make the best restaurant-style salsa if we take care of some silly stuff.
Mexican recipes like salsa are a family favourite because they can be easily adjusted to your preferences. We’ll provide quantities for those who are unsure, but feel free to follow your taste and change it later. Remember to use fresh ingredients.
3.1. Choosing the Right Main Ingredients
- The star ingredient here is whole canned tomatoes. Don’t doubt the tinned tomatoes; we’re not using them because it’s easier. Just trust the process, as they say.
- Use freshly picked plums and whole tomatoes for the best taste, as they’ve been proven to be better. They’re also loaded with antioxidants, a plus for health-conscious folks. (Old tomatoes will give you watery salsa.)
- You can use yellow onion instead of red or white.
- You can adjust the spiciness to your liking, depending on your tolerance. We’ll share a mildly spicy salsa recipe.
- Before adding garlic to the blender, chop or smash it to ensure it’s evenly distributed.
- Not everyone is a fan of cilantro, so feel free to adjust the amount to your liking.
- You can also change the consistency of the blender salsa to your preference. Remember that chunkier salsa may separate if left out for a while. Personally, we prefer a thinner consistency.
- The seeds of jalapeño peppers and green chiles are extra spicy. If you’re not a fan of spicy food, be sure to remove the seeds.
- If you plan to freeze the salsa, reduce the moisture, as freezing will naturally increase the water content.
4. How to Make Restaurant Style Salsa Easily at Home?
Make this restaurant-style salsa home using the magical instrument, blender or food processor. Yes, this is all you need to blend your restaurant-style salsa recipe.
If you want some extra zesty flavour, add some lemon zest. Also, if you wish to make thicker salsa, drain the liquid from the canned tomatoes.
Roughly chop the jalapeño peppers and add them to the blender. Then, put the chopped onion (1/4 cup) and the jalapeño peppers (1-2 tablespoons) into your food processor.
If you like, you can also add roughly chopped or diced green chiles according to your taste. In the same way, you can also add the peppers at this stage.
Next, pulse the ingredients in the food processor a few times, then add the remaining ingredients.
Starting with the lime juice and the star of the recipe: canned(400g) and whole tomatoes(400g). The cilantro adds a fresh smell and taste to the recipe. Dump the rest into the blender and pulse away till you get the desired consistency(don’t blend). It usually takes a few pulses to get your desired consistency.
Here’s a video. Make sure you pulse together the ingredients in the same way.
4.2. Additional Tips
White vinegar is an acceptable substitute for lime juice, although lime gives it an authentic taste. If your canned tomatoes are sugarless, add a pinch of sugar. Don’t forget to add the crushed garlic for a better flavour.
However, if you’re not a fan of garlic and think it makes your breath smell bad, you can skip it.
Most people prefer smoother salsa, and finely minced veggies are even a hit with kids who don’t like veggies. Moreover, the soft texture will feel delightful in your mouth. Add more salt and other ingredients after a trial taste.
For the best salsa experience, refrigerate the salsa filled with tomatoes and cilantro for at least an hour.
5. What to Serve with Your Restaurant-Style Salsa
Are you confused about what to serve in making this fantastic salsa recipe? Worry not! Your restaurant salsa can accompany many dishes.
- Tortilla chips and Mexican condiments like salsa are always a match made in heaven. Dip it and enjoy it.
- Taco night wouldn’t be complete without salsa dripping from your tacos. Whether they’re filled with meat or veggies, everything goes well with a bit of salsa.
- The crunchiness of nachos, paired with the tanginess of salsa, creates an explosion of flavours in your mouth.
- Serve salsa as a condiment instead of mayonnaise in fajitas.
- They go well with rice and beans, too.
- Drizzle this recipe over eggs in any form to enhance your whole eating experience.
- Those thick burritos and the condiment’s freshness will have your mouth watering.
- They are not just limited to exotic cuisines but go well with sandwiches, too.
- Are you having a fun barbecue night with your friends or family and do not know what seasoning to use? Spread this exotic condiment over the grilled meat and have some flavorful beef.
These are just some options for serving your favourite mouthwatering restaurant-style salsa. Also, serve it after at least 24 hours so that the flavours can breathe and be in their best form.
6. How to Store Salsa?
Furthermore, if you don’t plan to serve it on the same day, do not worry. You can refresh the recipe by adding freshly chopped cilantro leaves and lemon juice.
One of the great things about recipes like this is that you can store them for future use, and the storing process is straightforward. Spoon them into mason jars or any container with a tight-fitting lid. Store them in your fridge, and there you have it—instant Mexican goodness at home, anytime.
This homemade salsa recipe will steal everyone’s heart once you’ve tasted it. It is a combination of minimal cooking and maximum natural, raw taste.
Additionally, nutrients are locked into it as there is no cooking happening. We are sure authentic Mexican food lovers can find this article a blessing. Do let us know how the recipe went when you tried it.