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Restaurant Style Salsa in a Blender

Ripe summer tomatoes make a fresh pico de gallo that is out of this world, but for the rest of the year, you want canned tomatoes. They are the surprising hero of a good restaurant-style salsa.
Prep Time10 mins
Keyword: Canned Tomatoes
Servings: 4 cups


  • 1 can whole peeled tomatoes with their juices 28 oz can
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro loosely packed
  • ½ small red onion coarsely chopped
  • 2 medium jalapenoes, seeds and membranes removed coarsely chopped
  • 2 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice plus more as needed
  • 2 cloves garlic coarsely chopped
  • ¼ tsp Kosher salt


  • Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor.
  • Pulse until the salsa is as chunky or smooth as you like it.
  • Taste and adjust the seasonings.
  • Transfer to a serving bowl and refrigerate at least 30 minutes to let the flavors combine and mellow, or refrigerate it for up to 1 week.