My husband could eat chips and salsa for every single meal. He used to go to restaurants and bring home salsa in large styrofoam containers. It was super pricey! I decided that 8 bucks for a pint of salsa was ridiculous and wanted to create my own Homemade Restaurant Style Salsa.
He hasn’t gone back since.
This recipe costs less than $2-3 to make, depending on the price of produce where you live. Did you know a jalapeno usually costs about 4 cents each? That is crazy! Plus it’s made with all of the fresh ingredients and you know exactly where they came from!
The key to this salsa is the combination of fresh ingredients such as vibrant roma tomatoes, fresh cilantro, green onions, jalapenos and a secret ingredient. I found that white or yellow onions can overpower the salsa and heaven forbid you get so lucky to pick a strong one that makes you shed major tears.
Oh that reminds me….this was my daughter a few weeks ago as she was chopping one of “those” onions. We were dying laughing as mascara was running down her face because she was crying so hard from the onion.
When I post this picture, I am taking a major risk. She may NEVER EVER speak to me again. Hahaha! I love you, Sierra. xo
I digress. Back to the salsa.
We tried this salsa with green onions and loved the subtle flavor it gave the salsa without being too overpowering. There were no tears in the house using green onions!
Now there’s a secret ingredient in this Homemade Restaurant Style Salsa that sets it apart. My sister-in-law (hi Sarah!) told me this secret and it is a huge difference maker in this salsa. It’s in a little yellow can and it’s called El Pato Salsa de Chile Fresco. It’s only about 59 cents and gives such a rich depth of flavor to this fresh salsa. It can be found in the Mexican food aisle of all major grocery stores.
Since my husband requests this salsa so often, I finally showed him how to make it. Now he is officially obsessed. He runs to the store 1-2 times per week to whip up batches for the week. As soon as he walks in the door from work, he pulls out his chips and salsa and eats his appetizer before dinner.
This recipe is super simple and can be whipped up in a food processor in less than 5 minutes.
- 10 Roma Tomatoes
- ½ cup Fresh Cilantro Leaves
- 1 Jalapeno, deseeded*
- 1 teaspoon Garlic Salt (or to taste)
- 4 Green Onions, sliced
- 1 - 7.75 ounce can El Pato Salsa de Chile Fresco
- Combine the tomatoes, cilantro, jalapeno, and garlic salt in a blender or food processor.
- Stir in sliced green onions and el pato sauce.
- Taste and season accordingly.
- Refrigerate the salsa for at least an hour to give time for flavors to develop.
- *May use ½ jalapeno if you want a mild salsa. Most of the heat is located in the seeds and inner membrane. Remove those for a mild flavor. If you like heat, add the entire jalapeno!
I hope you love this Homemade Restaurant Style Salsa as much as we do! Thanks for all of the love and support. Have a great day, my friends!