On The Border Salsa {Copycat}

I love salsa. Usually I pick Herdez, but for NYE I decided I wanted to make some from scratch. I did a quick Google search and came up with this recipe. I made the mistake of picking up diced tomatoes with sweet onions so my batch came out a bit sweeter and lacked the full heat of On The Border's, but it was really good. REALLY good. Like, I see myself making it often.

Update 1/14/13 - I made it again, this time without the sweet onion tomatoes, & it does taste very close to On the Border's. The amount of heat was perfect. I'm kinda in love with this salsa. 

It makes a ton so we were able to use it for a few days. Both for chip dipping and in recipes. I spread some cream cheese on soft taco shells, rolled them up & dipped them. Simple. I made vegetarian burrito bowls (with brown rice & zucchini) that this was awesome in. You could even pair it with the Chicken Tortilla Soup recipe I made awhile back.

Source: Not For Itching Ears
Makes: I think my batch made around 6 cups. It's a lot, but we went through it in a couple days.

2 large roma tomatoes, chopped
(2) 14.5 oz cans of plain diced tomatoes with no seasonings (I grabbed the sweet onion - it was still good)
2 jalapeƱos seeded and chopped
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon cumin
2 tablespoons minced garlic
1 large white onion, chopped
2 teaspoons salt  (more or less, your choice)
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes (I used red pepper flakes & added more at the end, so probably a full teaspoon for us)
1/3 cup fresh cilantro, chopped 

Place all ingredients into a blender in the order listed.  I started with my (mini) food processor then realized how much this was going to make & switched to the blender.

Blend until all the ingredients are well mixed and salsa has a consistent texture.  I "chopped" a few times then "blended".

At this point I tasted it & added a little more salt & some more red pepper flakes. Totally up to you & the heat level you want.

The longer you let it sit in the fridge, the more the flavors come together, so try to resist for a little bit.


  1. Yum! Definitely pinning this one! We can eat salsa every day. Stopped by from Couponing & Cooking!

  2. My hubby would Love this! He's a salsa freak! Thanks so much for linking up at Two-Cup Tuesday! See ya again next week!

  3. I will have to make this for Super Bowl! I've never been a fan of commercial salsa! Thank you for the recipe! Stopping by from Fantastical Sharing of Recipes.

  4. Love salsa so much, but I agree with Jess - commercial salsa is never as good as homemade. Thank you for linking up to Tasty Thursday! This salsa was one of the most clicked:

  5. This is my new go to blender salsa recipe! I love it, Melissa! I like a lot of spice so I kept in the seeds & ribs of the jalapeno in it. My husband LOVED it, too!!

  6. Made this tonight and YUM! So easy and quick, I was surprised. I halved the recipe and filled a container I have to the brim. I left all the seeds in my jalapeno and used cayenne; next time I'll omit the cayenne (didn't make much of a difference to me) and just do another whole jalapeno for extra spice. My boyfriend came home and devoured nearly all of it with the enchiladas I made for it must have been good! :)

    1. Yay I'm glad to hear you guys liked it! I have half a batch sitting in my fridge right now, too. It won't last much longer =)

  7. I have tried to make homemade salsa and it never turned out well. I followed the recipe for this salsa (even though I don't measure anything ever) and it came out restaurant quality. I have since made a few more batches. This is THE BEST salsa I have made. It's easy and goes fast. I use it n everything! My bf and family love it! Going to the store now for more ingredients! Thank you for this recipe!

    1. Yay I love hearing that! It's one of my favorite recipes. Thanks for telling me! =)


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