Salsa Sisters

I love the Pioneer Woman. We always seem to be on the same page when it comes to our taste buds, and her very particular pallet for salsa is no different. She despises store-bought versions and loves a little spice and a lot of cilantro. I am telling you, we may have been separated at birth, except she is a little older than me. Whether we are separated sisters, soul sisters or just salsa sisters, she has made the perfect restaurant style/homemade salsa I have ever had, and it is so easy. Don’t get me wrong, there are a lot of steps (20 to be exact), but they are as simple as can be and take no time at all.


  • 1 28 oz. can of whole tomatoes
  • 2 cans of Rotel (tomatoes and chilies)
  • ¼ cup onion
  • 1 fresh jalapeno
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 1 small lime
  • ½ cup cilantro


Step 1. Dice about ¼ cup onion.

Step 2. Throw the canned tomatoes, juice and all, into the bowl of a food processor.

Step 3. Next, dump in the two cans of Rotel.

Step 4. Add onion to the bowl.

Step 5. Now, chop up one clove of garlic and add it to the bowl.

Step 6. Jalapenos. Slit in half lengthwise.

Step 7. Then slit the halves in half lengthwise.

Step 8. Make thin slices, leaving in the seeds and membranes.

Step 9. Throw them right in with everything else.

Step 10. Add ¼ teaspoon sugar.

Step 11. Add ¼ teaspoon salt.

SalsaStep 12. Add ¼ teaspoon of cumin.

Step 13. Next comes some lime juice—a half a lime if it’s large, a whole lime if it’s a little one.

Step 14. Next, add ½ to 1 cup cilantro.

Step 15. Pulse it seven or eight times. This is pretty chunky, and you can stop here if you like this consistency.

Step 16. Pulse it up again until it reaches the consistency you want.

Step 17. Now, be sure to taste it with a tortilla chip so you can get an accurate sense of the seasonings. Adjust as needed…

Step 19. Now, it’s ideal if you can cover and refrigerate the salsa for a couple of hours at least. This’ll help everything meld and marry and mingle and become perfect.

Step 20. It’s time to serve it up!

Notes: If I am making this solo para me, than I boost up the spice a bit. When I am making for todos mis amigos, I tend to tone down the kick, especially if there are niños.



  1. Yummy! Love the idea of cumin in salsa! Thanks for sharing!


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