I discovered this salsa recipe from The Pioneer Women a few years ago. I love it and we make it frequently, with a few tweaks to make it our own. I love that the recipe uses canned tomatoes because it makes it easy and affordable to make all year long.
Restaurant Style Salsa
Adapted from The Pioneer Woman/Ree Drummond
- 1 can (28 Ounce) Diced or Crushed Tomatoes
- 2 cans (10 Ounce) Rotel (diced Tomatoes And Green Chilies) — I use one can Mild and one can Original
- 1/4 cup Chopped Onion (Red onion looks nice)
- 1 -2 cloves Garlic, Minced (we like garlic)
- 1 habanero seeded and sliced (if you can’t stand the heat, sub a jalapeno)
- 1/4 teaspoon Sugar (Skip the sugar to make it Paleo-friendly)
- 1/4 teaspoon Salt
- 1/4 teaspoon Ground Cumin
- 1/2 cup Cilantro (more To Taste!)
- juice from 1/2 a Lime
Note: this is a very large batch. Recommend using a 12-cup food processor, or you can process the ingredients in batches and then mix everything together in a large mixing bowl.
Combine whole tomatoes, Rotel, onion, habanero, garlic, sugar, salt, cumin, lime juice, and cilantro in a blender or food processor. Pulse until you get the salsa to the consistency you’d like. Test seasonings with a tortilla chip and adjust as needed.
Refrigerate salsa for at least an hour, if you can bear to wait. Flavor will intensify in the fridge.
About the Ingredients
I stock up on Rotel tomatoes whenever I see them on sale. They are regularly $1.39 @ Wegmans and will go on sale for $.99/can occasionally. It’s a lot more than I pay for regular canned tomatoes but they add a lot of flavor. Also, I buy crushed tomatoes in the big 28oz size — they are typically cheaper than diced for some reason and even their regular price (at Wegmans) is a steal at ~$1.29.
The secret ingredient that really makes this recipe is to use a habanero instead of a jalapeno. Usually I make the batch by combining everything except the habanero and then portion out some to save as mild for the kids. Then I seed the habanero and chop it up and throw it and puree again to get the wonderful heat and flavor of the hot pepper.
I buy most of my produce at the Asian markets where you can get a bunch of cilantro for ~$.50.
Here’s what mine looks like after blending.
I should also mention that the Costco Organic Chips are our favorite and the best value I’ve found for a good tasting chip. I think the huge bag costs ~$4.50 and the chips taste really good!