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5-Minute Restaurant-style Salsa – The Secret Ingredient

Happy Cinco de Mayo! Did you have a festive day?

We celebrated Mother’s Day a week early with lunch at my house.

Since it was Cinco de Mayo, we made fajitas and all the fixings.

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I’m going to have to share my recipe for Mexican rice sometime because it’s really delicious!

My nephew, Mason, really loves it. And no surprise here – it’s easy to make!

But today, I want to share my recipe for easy 5-minute salsa.

This recipe is quick and requires no cooking.

It’s easy to make in your blender or food processor!

The Basic Ingredients

A can of diced tomatoes and a can of Ro-tel tomatoes and green chiles are the base of this salsa recipe.

You can adjust the other ingredients according to your own taste.

I used about 2/3 of a large onion, 3 cloves of garlic, and 3 jalapenos.

I removed the veins and seeds of the jalapenos so that the heat would not be overpowering.

You can certainly leave some of them in if you’d like.

Salt and cumin are added before pulsing the mixture in the blender.

Not too much, you don’t want to completely pulverize your salsa.

Now, taste with a chip and see if you need to add more seasonings or more heat.

10-minute Salsa

I wait to add the cilantro because I don’t want it to be blended up too much.

I like to be able to see the cilantro instead of just having green salsa.

Go ahead and add a big handful of cilantro and the juice of half a lime.

Of course, the lime is optional.

These are the basics of a great salsa, but you can customize to your liking.

Bowl of Salsa

The Secret Ingredient

The secret ingredient in this recipe is a touch of honey.

It adds a wonderful depth of flavor.

Many salsa recipes include sugar, but why be ordinary when you can be extraordinary?

Go ahead and try it.

I think you’ll agree that it makes this recipe special.

Chips and Salsa

5-Minute Restaurant-style Salsa

Yield: 12 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This 5-minute Restaurant-style Salsa comes together quickly in the food processor or blender. You can spice it up as much as you want. Don't be shy, a little heat never hurt anyone.


  • 1 can (14 oz) diced tomatoes
  • 1 can (10.5 oz) Ro-tel tomatoes and green chiles, drained if you want thicker salsa
  • 2/3 large white onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 3 jalapenos
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • juice of 1/2 lime, optional
  • 1 handful cilantro


  1. Place all ingredients into food processor or blender. Pulse a few times until no large chunks remain. 
  2. Cover and refrigerate a few hours to overnight. 


Serve with your favorite tortilla chips or corn chips.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 26Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 231mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 1gSugar: 4gProtein: 1g

Nutrition Information Provided For Educational and Informational Purposes Only.

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5-Minute Restaurant-style Salsa

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