Easy Mexican Salsa Restaurant Style

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Make this easy Mexican salsa restaurant style, and enjoy an appetizer with chips and salsa!

Make this easy Mexican salsa restaurant style, and enjoy with your meals or as an appetizer with corn chips.

This salsa is one of the must-haves on your recipe box. Everyone I know loves Mexican salsa served with chips and paired with a cold beer or a margarita.

America runs on chips and salsa, don’t you think so?

Any celebration needs a chips and salsa fun appetizer and for that, an easy Mexican salsa restaurant style is in order.

This recipe has tomatoes on the vine, serrano peppers, garlic, fresh cilantro, and the secret ingredient: seasoned tomato sauce in a can.

The ingredients include tomatoes, serrano peppers, garlic, tomato puree, and cilantro

Using canned tomato sauce makes the salsa sweeter and preserves longer in the fridge. Just make sure to keep in inside a mason jar with a lid or on a plastic container that has a sealing lid.

This salsa will remain fresh for at least four days and it is a fantastic spicy tomato sauce to use in other dishes, such as huevos rancheros, tomato enchiladas. As a garnish for carne asada, tacos, sopes, molletes, and almost anything you want to add hot sauce.

Roasting the ingredients is an important step to get an authentic flavor

Why Mexicans love hot sauce and salsas?

Salsas and spicy peppers are a staple of Mexican cuisine. Many of the dishes we adore pair with homemade fresh salsas that add depth and texture to the food we eat. So anytime you eat at a Mexican restaurant, or that you experience a Mexican family feast, you’ll find a variety of sauces to choose.

Those hot sauce could go from mild to very hot. Some will be smoky due to the use of dried peppers. And others will be fresh and combined with fruits instead of tomatoes.

Depending on the menu is the salsa that will pair to perfection with the specific food. For example, al pastor tacos will be paired with a pineapple habanero sauce. Carne asada will be drizzled with either a smoky sauce made with chile de arbol, or a Mexican red salsa like the one we are sharing today.

Serving the salsa in a bowl and pairing with corn strips

Sopes and quesadillas go well with chunky fresh salsas such as pico de gallo and salsa verde. Some of the salsas require boiling and roasting of the ingredients.

We love all the Mexican salsas, but our favorites are those that roast the ingredients first. The roasting or grilling gives a rustic flavor which is a staple of an authentic Mexican hot sauce.

Include the Mexican salsa restaurant style in your choices for Cinco de Mayo menu or any occasion. This salsa is so simple to make that you will like to add it to almost everything you eat at home. It is addictive, in the right way.

Make this easy Mexican salsa restaurant style, and enjoy with your meals or as an appetizer with corn chips.

Mexican Salsa Restaurant Style

Chef Adriana Martin
Make this easy Mexican salsa restaurant style, and enjoy with your meals or as an appetizer with chips. A simple recipe that you need in your recipe box. We are sure it will become a favorite sauce to garnish a lot with your Mexican inspired dishes.
5 from 12 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Salsas
Cuisine Mexican Cuisine
Servings 2 cups
Calories 74 kcal


  • Roasting pan
  • Pot
  • Blender


  • 2 tomatoes
  • 6 serrano peppers
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 white onion
  • 1 cup seasoned tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 bunch cilantro


  • Roast the tomatoes with the peppers, garlic and the onion.
  • Place the roasted veggies in the blender and add the water, the tomato sauce, and the cilantro.
  • Blend for a chunky texture.
  • Pour on a bowl and enjoy with chips.



This salsa is perfect for anything. Including tacos, sopes, ranchero eggs, carne asada, you name it!


Serving: 0gCalories: 74kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 4gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 674mgPotassium: 813mgFiber: 4gSugar: 10gVitamin A: 1994IUVitamin C: 38mgCalcium: 40mgIron: 2mg
Keyword hot sauce, salsa, tomatoes
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