Homemade Salsa Recipe with Canned Tomatoes

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Homemade salsa made with canned tomatoes is a refreshing mild-medium salsa that has a hint of garlic and cilantro.

Homemade salsa is made using a food processor at home to “pulse” the salsa together.

See video here.

You only need a couple of cans of tomatoes and a few fresh herbs to create fresh salsa right at home.

Homemade chunky salsa goes well with steak tacos and tortilla chips.

How to Make Restaurant Style Salsa

How do you make salsa more flavorful

You can add a few ingredients to your salsa to enhance its flavoring.

Add more minced garlic, lime juice, salt or sugar to your salsa.

Add these ingredients only a little at a time and taste test to make sure you’re happy with the flavoring of your salsa.

How to Make Restaurant Style Salsa

How do you make salsa mild

To make your salsa mild, you can start by only using about 1/4 of diced jalapeno.

Make sure not to use any seeds in making your salsa. Simply scrape the seeds out of the jalapeno and discard them.

You can add more jalapeno if you like, and just mix with a spoon into your salsa and taste test to make it exactly how you like.

Homemade Salsa Recipe with Canned Tomatoes

Homemade Salsa Recipe with Canned Tomatoes using a food processor
Prep Time18 minutes
Total Time18 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Keyword: salsa
Yield: 3 cups


  • 1 Food processor


  • 1 10 ounce can diced tomatoes and green chilis (You can find Rotel tomatoes and green chilis in your local grocery store) remove juice from tomatoes and discard
  • 1 28 ounce can whole tomatoes remove juice from tomatoes and discard
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1/4 cup onion chopped finely
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 jalapeno diced small and thin, remove seeds and membrane for a more mild salsa
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1 lime juiced


  • Prepare your ingredients.
    If you want a spicy salsa, you can add in a few of the jalapeno seeds at the end and taste test until you're happy with the flavoring.
    If you want a mild salsa, remove all of the seeds and discard them.
  • Drain the juice of both of the cans of tomatoes into a large bowl. Discard the juice. This will prevent the food processor from leaking everywhere from being overfilled.
  • Place all of your ingredients into your food processor.
  • Only use the "pulse" part of your food processor to create your salsa. This is the trick to making sure you don't over blend the salsa into nothing. We are trying to create a salsa that is still a bit chunky, not too pulverized. Use the pulse on your food processor by touching it once and then remove your finger. It should only be pulsed 7-11 times to create your salsa. Pulse the salsa for less time if you want a more chunky salsa.
  • Pour the salsa into a large bowl. Taste test your salsa. Make any adjustments that you need. You might need to add more garlic, lime, salt, or sugar for your own preference.
  • Store salsa in the fridge for up to 3 days.
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