Best Food Processor for Salsa

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The best food processor for salsa is the Hamilton Beach 12 cup Food Processor.

  • Makes a large batch of salsa with ease
  • 7-11 “pulses” using the food processor creates 1 huge batch of restaurant style salsa
  • Fits all of your ingredients in the food processor at once. No need to add anything separately
  • Easily dissemble for cleaning
  • Dishwasher safe

You only want to use the “pulse” button on your food processor for making salsa. Using the pulse button keeps your salsa chunky, and not pureed. If you use the “low” or “high” buttons on your food processor the salsa will turn to mush, and will not be very appetizing. See video here.

Using canned whole tomatoes for making salsa in your food processor keeps the salsa bulky. It’s best to drain out all of the juices from the cans of tomatoes prior to putting them in the food processor. The salsa will make it’s own juices from center of the tomatoes. You don’t need to add any of the liquid it comes with it in the can.

How to use fresh tomatoes for salsa in a food processor

You can also use fresh tomatoes to make salsa in your food processor. You have a couple of options to make them into salsa.

  • Use the large feed tube to push the tomato down into the food processor. You can use the slicer, or S blade for cutting up the tomatoes into small pieces.
  • Place the tomatoes directly into the food processor fitted with the S blade.
  • Cut the tomatoes in half or in quarters, then place them into the food processor fitted with the S blade.
best food processor for salsa

How to make salsa in a food processor


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


  1. Prepare your ingredients.
  2. Place the juice of both of the cans of tomatoes in a large bowl. You can mix your salsa with the juice later on if you want to. This will prevent the food processor from leaking everywhere from being overfilled.
  3. Place your ingredients into your food processor.
  4. Only use the “pulse” part of your food processor to create restaurant style 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.
  5. Pour the salsa into the large bowl with your tomato juices if you removed them in Step 2. Mix the salsa with the tomato juices to create your salsa.
  6. 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.

It’s easy to prepare a fresh salsa using the Hamilton Beach Food Processor.

You can have it prepared and made in about 5 minutes using a couple fresh ingredients and canned tomatoes.

Create your own tasty restaurant style salsa at home in the summer with your favorite tortilla chips using your Hamilton Beach food processor.

Best Food Processor for Salsa