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This restaurant style spicy Salsa is made with with cilantro, garlic, onion, serrano pepper, tomatoes, and lime juice.
Course Dip
Cuisine vegan, gluten free
Keyword cooked salsa, restaurant style salsa
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 33 minutes
Total Time 43 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 23kcal


  • Hot House tomatoes
  • ½ cup onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • ½ serrano
  • Salt
  • ½ cup cilantro


  • Boil enough water for the tomatoes to be able to fit in.
  • Slit each tomato with an x on one side.
  • Put tomatoes in boiling water for a few minutes. Pull out each one and put in an ice water bath. Take off the skin and core. Set aside.
  • Put tomatoes, onion, garlic, serrano, salt, and lime juice in a food processor and mix. Do not add cilantro yet.
  • Heat on the stove at a simmer for 30 minutes to an hour. The length of time depends upon how thick you like it. The flavors get more concentrated the longer you cook it.
  • Add chopped cilantro about 3-5 minutes before you are done cooking.


Calories: 23kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 220mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 775IU | Vitamin C: 14.6mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 0.2mg