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This blender salsa is restaurant-quality salsa that is made right in your blender! It only takes 5 minutes and is truly the very best out there! This vibrant and refreshing salsa has the perfect blend of sweet, spicy elements.

I love Mexican food and its amazing spices and flavors! This easy blender salsa is the perfect appetizer to a homemade Mexican-inspired meal. Pair it with these simple shrimp tacos, this yummy Mexican rice, and this Mexican street corn.

Overhead shot of bowl of blender salsa surrounded by limes, tortilla chips and fresh cilantro.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Easy: This salsa comes together with a few fresh ingredients and a couple of cans of different items, and then you simply blend it in a blender! In 5 minutes, you have fresh salsa ready to go!
  • SO much flavor! The fresh lime, onion, garlic, and cilantro pack this salsa with a punch of flavor.
  • Healthy: Fresh ingredients infuse this salsa with vitamins and antioxidants, making it a healthy snack option.

Easy Restaurant-Style Salsa

This salsa is perfect and honestly, the BEST that I have tried. You can take it to the next level by pouring over the top of my oven-baked sheet pan nachos. With just a few ingredients and 5 minutes of your time, you can have all the chips and salsa that your heart desires!

Ingredients in Blender Salsa

I love that I don’t have to wait for tomato season to enjoy this salsa. Instead of fresh tomatoes, you use canned roasted tomatoes which makes this extra easy! Scroll down to the recipe card for exact measurements.

  • Canned fire-roasted tomatoes: These canned tomatoes have a distinct smokey, charred flavor that adds depth to the salsa’s flavor.
  • El Pato (yellow can): This is a spiced tomato sauce that will contribute heat and a unique tangy flavor.
  • Canned diced green chiles: Offer mild heat and texture.
  • Chopped red onion: Provides a bold flavor and, depending on how much you blend it, can give your salsa a crunchy texture.
  • Garlic: Enhances the overall flavor. You can’t go wrong with garlic!
  • Fresh cilantro: Contributes a fresh, citrusy, and slightly peppery flavor.
  • Fresh lime juice: Adds a bright refreshing flavor that enhances all of the other flavors in the salsa.
  • Cumin: Gives the salsa an earthy, aromatic flavor that ties everything together.
  • Salt: Enhances all of the flavors in the recipe.
Overhead shot of labeled ingredients.

How Do I Make Blender Salsa?

  1. Combine the Salsa Ingredients: In a blender or food processor, add the tomatoes, el Pato, green chilis, onion, garlic, cilantro, cumin, salt, and juice of one lime.
  2. Blend: Blend until the salsa is as chunky or smooth, whatever your desired consistency is. Taste and add more salt if desired.
  3. Chill and Serve: Chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes or overnight and serve with tortilla chips!
Side view of blender filled with fresh ingredients.

Ideas for Spice and Substitutions

I love how versatile this easy blender salsa is. You can customize it by adding or removing ingredients to make it exactly to your liking!

  • Adjust the Heat: You can add jalapeños to add more spice. If you just like the flavor of jalapenos, remove the seeds to reduce the spice.
  • Fresh tomatoes: If you have fresh tomatoes, you can use them instead of the canned ones, though you might lose some of the distinctive flavor that the canned ones provide. However, nothing quite compares to the flavor of home-grown tomatoes.
Close up shot of someone dipping a chip into bowl of salsa.

Storing Leftover Blender Salsa

One of the best things about this recipe is how long it lasts if you store it properly! As a result, you’ll be able to make a big batch and keep going back for more!

  • In the Refrigerator: Store your salsa in an airtight container the fridge. It will last about 2 weeks!
  • In the Freezer: You can store your airtight, sealed salsa in the freezer. While it may not look as fresh and perky as freshly made salsa, freezing is a great alternative to canning. After thawing, some watery liquid may remain, but you can easily drain it off.
Close up shot of salsa in bowl.

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Best Blender Salsa

4.67 from 3 votes
By: Alyssa Rivers
Best Blender Salsa is restaurant quality that is made right in your blender! It only takes a few minutes to make and is truly the very best out there!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Chill Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 8 people


  • 28 ounces canned fire-roasted tomatoes
  • 1 can el Pato, yellow can
  • 7 ounces diced green chilis
  • ½ cup red onion, chopped
  • 3 whole garlic cloves
  • ½-¾ bunch cilantro, chopped
  • ½ lime, juiced
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon salt


  • In a blender or food processor, add the tomatoes, el Pato, green chilis, onion, garlic, cilantro, cumin, salt, and juice of one lime.
  • Blend until the salsa is as chunky or smooth as you would like. Taste and add more salt if desired.
  • Chill for at least 30 minutes or overnight and serve with chips!


Updated July 4, 2024
Originally posted July 28, 2018


Calories: 53kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 2gFat: 0.3gSaturated Fat: 0.05gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.05gSodium: 1.528mgPotassium: 310mgFiber: 3gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 896IUVitamin C: 19mgCalcium: 59mgIron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
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About Alyssa Rivers

Alyssa Rivers is the author of 'The Tried and True Cookbook', a professional food photographer and experienced recipe-developer. Having a passion for cooking, her tried and true recipes have been featured on Good Morning America, Today Food, Buzzfeed and more.

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  1. That salsa looks so good BUT in California the tomatoes are ripe for the picking. How would I sub fresh for canned tomatoes?

    1. Hi Betsy, thanks for the question! I LOVE home gown tomatoes! To substitute, use about 3 1/3 cup of diced, fresh tomatoes in place of canned! Please let me know how this turns out! Sounds so yummy!

  2. This salsa was absolutely delicious, I added a little more spice to mine tho, I was curious how long it will stay good for in a container, in the fridge?

  3. 4 stars
    This recipe was good — not too sweet like many blender salsas tend to be. The canned tomato flavor was pretty strong — hoping it tones down a bit while it marinates in the fridge. It also needs a little more heat — perhaps keeping the seeds in 1 of the 2 jalapeno’s. This recipe was super easy/fast to make.

    1. I used a couple large fresh, unpeeled tomatoes and it turned out well. Also ad libbed on the amount of lime, I used 2 fresh limes and a couple of what I think were fresh jalapenos. All fresh, all the way and it’s tasty!

  4. 5 stars
    Loved it. Of course, I needed it hotter so I added one serrento, a habanero and a skipped the cilantro (the soap thing) and a whole onion. This is the best salsa I’ve ever had from anywhere. Thanks for the recipe!

  5. 5 stars
    Love this salsa! I’ve made it 3 times in the last week. It’s so good I could almost just drink it! I used 1 serrano pepper without seeds. Just my preference.

  6. Westport Seasonings makes a number of very good seasoning blends but one of their best is a salsa seasoning mix. I think if you try it you will not be disappointed.

  7. I have yet to try these recipes but I review many recipes and these appear to be very interesting. I am certain they will prove to be excellent.

  8. We’ve been making Salsa for years, & was surprised that there was no mention of what it is that makes the BEST Salsa…the tomatoes used in it’s construction. Garden grown, ripe & fresh tomatoes are the best..& if you want the absolute best,try useing Heritage Brandywine tomatoes.
    Though not as pretty as a Beefsteak, they have better flavor, fewer seeds, & more pulp with less moisture, than the other strains of tomatoes we’ve tried through the years.

  9. This is a great salsa recipe. I live in El Paso, TX, and LOOOOOVE homemade salsa. When I do it, I also add tomatillos and banana peppers for added levels of flavor.
    Love seeing your posts. Keep cooking!!!