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Blender Salsa (Restaurant Style)

This restaurant style Blender Salsa is a game changer. It’s easily whipped up in your blender at home and is a sure-fire party pleaser. It’s great for every occasion and is better than store-bought any day!

Closeup shot of a a person is dipping a tortilla into a bowl of salsa.
This restaurant-style blender salsa is a surefire party pleaser, no matter what the occasion is.

Why This Recipe Stands Out

We love a good restaurant-style salsa, and this recipe is guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser. Here’s why you’ll love this blender salsa: 

  • Quick: Everything goes into the blender, and you’re done! No need to spend hours chopping and cooking. This recipe is ready in just 5 minutes, just like our 5-Minute Avocado Bean Dip.
  • Customizable: This salsa is easy to customize to your own heat and flavor preferences. Try adding a bit more lime juice or some extra cilantro for a fresh twist.
  • Versatile: This restaurant-style salsa is the perfect recipe for parties, game days, and family gatherings. It pairs perfectly with our Weeknight Taco Pockets and our Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas.
  • Super Fresh: The use of fresh ingredients like garlic, jalapenos, and cilantro gives this salsa a vibrant, fresh flavor that you just can’t get from a jar.
  • Better than Store-Bought: Once you’ve tried this salsa, you’ll never go back to the store-bought version. The flavors are bold and authentic.

Key Recipe Ingredients

salsa ingredients including cilantro, tomatoes, limes, and red onion.
  • Fire-Roasted Tomatoes – These canned tomatoes add a smoky depth to our salsa.
  • Jalapenos – The star of our recipe, these add a kick of heat that can be adjusted according to your preference.
  • Fresh Cilantro – This herb adds a fresh, citrusy note that brightens up the flavors.
  • Red Onion – This adds a sharp, slightly sweet flavor and a crunchy texture.
  • Smoked Paprika and Ground Cumin – These spices add a warm, earthy depth to our salsa.

Substitutions And Variations

We all love a good salsa, and this blender salsa is the best of the best. Here are some of our favorite variations and substitutions to make this party favorite your own:

  • Spicy: If you like your salsa extra spicy, try adding in some extra jalapenos or even a dash of cayenne pepper for a kick.
  • Pico-Style: For a chunkier, pico-de-gallo style salsa, pulse the ingredients in the blender a few times instead of blending until smooth. 
  • Tropical: For a fun twist, try adding in some diced mango or pineapple. This fruity salsa is perfect for summer parties and goes great with grilled chicken or fish. Or give our Fresh Fruit Salsa a try!

Step-By-Step Recipe Instructions

  • Place all ingredients, including the spices and seasonings, into a blender.
  • Blend until well combined. Adjust consistency by adding reserved tomato juice as needed. Store chilled in an airtight container.

For full list of ingredients and instructions, see recipe card below.

How To Prep Ahead

This Blender Salsa (Restaurant Style) is a quick and easy recipe to make, but we have some additional tips to make the process even smoother:

  • Prep the Veggies You can chop the red onion, remove the seeds from the jalapenos, and peel the garlic cloves in advance. Store these prepped ingredients in the fridge for up to a week.
  • Make Ahead: This salsa can be prepared in advance. Simply blend all the ingredients together and adjust the seasonings. Store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator and enjoy it within a week.
Salsa in a white bowl with tortilla chips.
This fresh-tasting salsa is easily whipped up in your blender at home.

What To Serve With Salsa

Tex-Mex Favorites

  • This Blender Salsa is perfect for topping your favorite Mexican and Tex-Mex dishes. Enjoy it as a topping for tacos, nachos, burritos, or quesadillas.
  • It also pairs well with fajitas and enchiladas. Simply serve it on the side or drizzle it over your dish for an extra kick of flavor.
  • Serve salsa with a variety of tortilla chips – white, yellow, or blue tortilla chips are delicious!

Healthy Bowls

  • Add a scoop of Blender Salsa to your favorite salad or grain bowls for a burst of fresh flavor. It pairs well with a variety of ingredients, making it a versatile addition to your meal.
  • Top your Burrito Bowl Recipe with plenty of salsa.



Commonly Asked Questions

What type of tomatoes should I use for this salsa?

We recommend using 2 cans of fire-roasted tomatoes for this recipe. Be sure to reserve the juices as well, as they may be needed to reach your desired salsa consistency.

Can I adjust the spiciness of the salsa?

Yes, you can! The jalapenos largely determine the heat of your salsa. To make it milder, remove all the seeds from the jalapenos before blending.

How long does this Blender Salsa keep?

This salsa can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Can I use fresh tomatoes instead of canned ones?

While you can use fresh tomatoes, we recommend sticking to fire-roasted canned tomatoes for the best flavor.

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Salsa in a white bowl with tortilla chips.

Blender Salsa (Restaurant Style)

5 from 34 ratings
This Blender Salsa (Restaurant Style) tastes deliciously fresh. It's super easy and always a hit at any party. Make a big batch and have plenty of chips on hand; it'll go fast!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 cups
Author: Amy Dong



  • Place all ingredients into blender. Blend just until everything is well combined. Add as much reserved tomato juice as needed to reach desired consistency. Store in airtight container, chilled, for up to a week.


  • Feel free to adjust the lime juice, sugar, and salt to your personal preference after blending.
  • To control the heat level, remove the seeds from the jalapeños and adjust the amount used based on your heat tolerance.
  • Don’t be afraid to experiment with additional spices like smoked paprika and ground cumin to customize the salsa to your liking.
  • If you prefer a chunkier salsa, pulse the ingredients in the blender rather than blending until smooth.
  • This salsa is best served chilled, so make sure to refrigerate it for at least an hour before serving for maximum flavor.
  • Serve this salsa with freshly baked tortilla chips or on top of your favorite Mexican or Tex-Mex dishes for a deliciously authentic flavor.
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Nutrition (per serving)

Calories: 79kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Sodium: 890mg | Potassium: 686mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 828IU | Vitamin C: 41mg | Calcium: 116mg | Iron: 4mg
Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: Mexican, Mexican American
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan
Method: blender


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5 from 34 votes (33 ratings without comment)

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Recipe Rating


    • Sharon S Brown
    • 5 stars

    This was delicious and easy to make. A keeper.

      • Amy Dong

      We all adore this salsa, too!

    • Margo Neibling

    This salsa, indeed, belonged on that brunch table and I love the comparison to our group. We are so different but blend well together and we can’t get enough of this good thing! Thanks for sharing!

      • chewoutloud

      Love it, Margo…was wondering if you’d catch that! 🙂

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