This restaurant-style salsa recipe is prepared in just 10 minutes, is easy to customize extra sharp, smoky or spicy on request and is SO irresistibly delicious.

But the best part? It's incredibly fast and easy to make! Since it also uses fire-fried tomatoes from the can (you have to use the fire-fried ones), it is a really accessible recipe that you can prepare all year round, even beyond the regional tomato season.

To prepare it, simply throw all your ingredients together into a food processor or blender...

... then season and season as needed.

If you want a smoky salsa, I strongly recommend adding one or two Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. If you want a sharper salsa, you can add an additional jalapeno (or simply add the cores of the original jalapeno). If you want a sharper salsa, I think you can't go wrong with extra lime juice. And as always, don't be afraid to add extra salt if needed to enhance the taste!

When your salsa is then seasoned and ready to take away, celebrate as if you have a birthday and dive in.


  • 2 (14-ounce) cans fire-roasted tomatoes, drained if you like a thicker salsa
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 (4-ounce) can diced green chiles
  • 1 bunch (about 2 cups loosely-packed) fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 cup diced white onion
  • 1 jalapeno, stem removed (and seeded, if you want less heat)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

  1. Pulse all ingredients together in a food processor or blender until they are smooth or the desired consistency is achieved. If necessary, season with additional salt and pepper.
  2. Serve immediately or in a sealed container for up to 3 days in the refrigerator.