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Restaurant Style Salsa Recipe

This restaurant style salsa is made with fresh tomatoes, onion, garlic, and Serrano chilies.  In Mexico, it is known as salsa de mesa (table sauce), and is served with tortilla chips.

Birds eye view of restaurant style salsa in a bowl surrounded by corn chips

Many people don’t realize this but salsa actually just means “sauce”, therefore there are many different types of salsas. 

This restaurant style salsa is served with tortilla chips as an appetizer in restaurants in Mexico and Mexican restaurants in the States.

As you can see by the photo, I love eating salsa with corn chips.  In fact, corn chips are my favorite type of chips! 

I also like to use this salsa in a number of dishes, including Huevos Rancheros and scrambled eggs with salsa.

You may be wondering why I’d post a salsa recipe when I can easily buy it in a can. 

The truth is, one of the hardest parts of living abroad is not having easy access to things you can easily get at home.   

Of course, the fun thing is being exposed to a totally different (food) culture than what you are used to. 

Salsa is one of the things I’ve been craving recently so I decided to make it myself.

Manage your heat level

For extra spicy salsa, leave in the seeds.  For mild salsa, take out the seeds and use only one pepper.

Yield: 4 servings

Restaurant Style Salsa

Birds eye view of restaurant style salsa in a bowl surrounded by corn chips

This restaurant style salsa is very easy to make and you can adjust your heat level.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 1 pound tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 medium white onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 Serrano pepper
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • salt


  1. Puree the tomatoes, onions, garlic, and pepper in a blender. The sauce will become a pink-green color.
  2. Heat oil in a pot or a frying pan. When hot, add the content of the blender. Cook until it turns a medium to dark red.
  3. Turn off the heat and let cook. Add salt to taste.


  • If Serrano peppers are not available, use 1 jalapeño pepper.
  • If you want, add about ¼ cup of chopped cilantro.
  • Another optional addition is juice from 1 lime.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 94Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 153mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 2gSugar: 4gProtein: 1g

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