5 Minute Blender Salsa
If you love fresh homemade salsa but hate all the tedious prep work of making fresh salsa, you’re going to love this 5 minute blender salsa. Simple and quick salsa that has all the fresh flavors of homemade salsa and is ready in 5 minutes or less.
About the recipe. I have a confession to make. Chips and salsa are my weakness. I love preserving and canning my own salsa but sometimes I crave a restaurant-style fresh salsa so I came up with this 5-minute blender salsa to satisfy the craving. Whip up a batch of this salsa next time you need to bring an appetizer to a party or keep it all to yourself. It’s up to you!
Easy Blender Salsa
- 1 small bunch of fresh cilantro
- 2 Tbsp. minced garlic
- 1-2 medium fresh jalapenos
- 1 medium white onion
- 28 oz. can diced tomatoes in juice
- Juice of 2 limes ( 5-6 Tbsp.)
- 1 tsp. Sea salt
- 1 tsp. ground cumin
How to make blender salsa in 5 minutes
To start cut the cilantro stems off about 1 inch below the leaves. Add the cilantro and minced garlic to the blender. Peel and quarter a medium-sized white onion and place it in the blender as well. Cut the stems off of the jalapenos and slice them in half lengthwise. Using a spoon scrape the seeds and ribs out of the jalapenos. Cut jalapenos into large chunks and add them to the blender. Add the lime juice and pulse the ingredients together 2 or 3 times. Now, pour in the whole can of diced tomatoes with juice. Sprinkle in the sea salt and cumin and pulse 4-5 times for 1-2 seconds each time or until you’ve reached your desired texture of salsa.
The secret to restaurant-style salsa
The secret to getting the restaurant flavor and consistency in your blender salsa is using canned tomatoes. They are bolder and richer in flavor and you can control how much liquid goes into the blender giving the salsa the perfect consistency. Canned tomatoes are easy to find year-round making this the perfect recipe for any football party, BBQ, fiesta any time of the year.
Let it chill! Salsa is best once the flavors have all had a chance to sit and marinate together. The acid from the tomatoes and lime juice need time to blend with the salt and the spices to really be exceptional. If you can allow the salsa to chill overnight that is best, but at a minimum allow it to chill in the fridge for an hour before serving.
Can I use fresh tomatoes in blender salsa?
If you have an abundance of fresh tomatoes in the late summer and you want to whip up a batch of salsa I recommend using fresh Roma tomatoes. Roma’s have a very meaty fruit, low moisture content, and very few seeds, making them ideal for salsa or pastes. If you prefer a thicker salsa you may want to grill or roast the tomatoes to further reduce the moisture content before adding them to your salsa.
Tips for the best salsa
To achieve the fresh restaurant-style salsa, use quality diced canned tomatoes with no added salt. Use fresh cilantro, fresh onion, and fresh jalapenos. If you have fresh lime juice that is even better, however, you can get away with using bottled 100% lime juice and jarred pre-minced garlic to keep the prep time under 5 minutes.
How to serve 5-minute blender salsa.
Serve your new favorite salsa with tortilla chips as the perfect snack or with Instant Pot Dr. Pepper Pork, Instant Pot Chicken Tacos, Air Fried Chicken Flautas, Green Chili Chicken Enchiladas or on top of Instant Pot Taco Salad.
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Salsa Recipe Variations
Depending on your spice preference you may want to start with just adding one jalapeno at a time. You can always add more spice later, but you can’t take it out. If you like spicy salsa leave a few of the jalapeno seeds in the peppers when preparing the salsa. For added flavor use fire-roasted canned tomatoes or canned tomatoes with green chilies. Using yellow or purple onion instead of white will also give a milder or sweeter flavor to the salsa.
How to remove seeds and ribs from a jalapeno
As I described before you can cut off the stem and slice the jalapeno in half length-wise and simply use the tip of a small spoon to scrape the ribs and seeds from the jalapenos. I also like this jalapeno corer when I am working with large batches of jalapenos at one time. It comes in especially handy when I’m making Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers.
Easy 5 minute blender salsa. Restaurant style salsa with all the fresh flavors you love made in 5 minutes or less.
- 1 Bunch fresh cilantro
- 2 Tbsp. Minced garlic
- 1 Medium white onion
- 1-2 Fresh Jalapenos
- 28 oz. can diced tomatoes in juice
- 4-5 Tbsp. Lime juice or juice of two fresh limes
- 1 tsp. Sea salt
- 1 tsp. Ground cumin
- Cut the stems off the bunch of cilantro about 1 inch from the leaves and add to the blender
- Add the minced garlic to the blender
- Peel and quarter the white onion and add it to the blender
- Cut off the stems of the jalapenos and slice them in half.
- Using a spoon or knife remove the seeds and ribs from the jalapenos.
- Rough chop the jalapenos and add them to the blender
- Add lime juice and pulse the ingredients 2-3 times
- Pour in the can of diced tomatoes with the juice
- Add sea salt and ground cumin
- Pulse ingredients in the blender 4-5 times to reach your desired texture
Do not blend the salsa rather pulse it to have some texture and chunks left.
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Stored in an air-tight container 5-minute blender salsa will last for up to 14 days.
You can freeze fresh salsa, but keep in mind that when it’s thawed it will change the texture and consistency of the salsa. The salsa may become more watery. If so drain off the excess liquid. Freeze fresh salsa for up to 4 months.
Fresh salsa should chill for a minimum of 1 hour before serving to allow the flavors to blend. For the best results allow fresh salsa to chill in the refrigerator overnight.