Tomato Salsa with Lime and Cilantro

I’m not sure how it happened, but in five years of blogging, I’ve never shared a go-to salsa recipe.  I’ve got the rainbow salsa, a tart cherry salsa, and of course salsa verde, but a regular tomato salsa?  Lacking.

restaurant style salsaThis salsa falls under the category of “restaurant style,” but amped up with two of my favorite ingredients:  lime and cilantro.  Incidentally, those are also the key ingredients to my guacamole.  Um, that’s also not on here yet.  I think in general, if I make a recipe all the time, I never take photos of it and therefore you won’t find it here.

But I digress.

Let’s get down to it.  I start out with lime – zest and juice!  The zest adds an abundant lime flavor that I just love.

lime zestAdd in some red onion.  I’m throwing everything into a manual food processor, feel free to use what you’ve got – blender, food processor, just just chop things up finely and call it good.
IMG_1334bNext is the cilantro.  I add a lot.  Scale it back if it’s not your thing.
onion and cilantroTop with tomatoes.  Canned, for some reason, is better here.  And much easier.  Diced-style is what I use because it ends up a little watery if whole / plum are used.
canned tomato salsaAnd lastly, if you can take the heat, some canned diced chilis top it off.  Or, in my case, home-canned jalapenos.
manual food processorBlend it up!  Then add in the spices: salt, pepper, cumin, garlic powder, and a dash of chili powder.
IMG_1373aAwesome.  I know you want to dive in – do it.  Try some homemade tortilla chips if you’re feeling fancy.
restaurant style salsa
Tomato Salsa with Lime and Cilantro

Tomato Salsa with Lime and Cilantro

This restaurant-style salsa is flavored with lime and cilantro, with a hint of heat from chilis.


  • 1 lime, zest and juice
  • 1/2 c. red onion
  • 1/2 c. fresh cilantro
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 small can diced green chilies (or less, to taste)
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • dash of chili powder
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Put all ingredients in food processor. Blend to desired consistency. Simple as that.

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