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Recipe | How To Make Copycat El Torito Salsa

You will love how easy it is to make your favorite salsa at home!

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Love El Torito? Your in luck!

You will love how easy it is to make this Copycat El Torito Salsa Recipe in just a few simple steps. I grew up loving El Torito and now that I am in my mid 40's and I am sadden by all the restaurant closures near our home.

My number one favorite item at El Torito is their salsa. If this restaurant chains closes for good, I am happy to know that I have found the best replacement for the real deal. I just might have to start canning my own salsa from this recipe, it is just that good!

Doesn't our steak look good? Yeah, we are not sharing the steak recipe but I will share the Copycat El Torito Salsa Recipe (for now).

I am one of those home cooks that gathers all ingredients and measures out all the goodies at the beginning so I am not running around the kitchen while reading a recipe card. Let's get started! Gather the goods!

Ingredients (serves 8-10):

5-6 plum tomatoes, de-seeded, quartered

1/2 yellow onion, roughly chopped

2 green onions, roughly chopped

1 Serrano Chile , seeds and membranes removed

1 jalapeno, with seeds and membranes

3 tsp fresh lime juice

1 tsp kosher salt

1/4 tsp cumin

1/4 tsp Mexican oregano

1/4 cup fresh cilantro

1/2 cup canned diced tomatoes, with liquid

1/3 cup water


1. Combine plum tomatoes through Mexican oregano in a food processor. Pulse until chunky. Move mixture into a large mixing bowl.

2. Combine cilantro and canned tomatoes in food processor. Pulse until pureed. Add water. Pulse until well combined. Add mixture to the large bowl. Stir thoroughly to combine. 

3. Place mixture in an airtight container, and chill in the fridge for 1-2 hours.

Serve immediately. Store leftovers in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. We are storing ours in a our beautiful Bell Canning Jars just because we can. Any air tight container will be just fine.

Reviewer Notes: This recipe calls for Plum Tomatoes. I used Roma Tomatoes. My store did not have Plum Tomatoes at the time I purchased the ingredients. I do not believe this changed the taste. I think you will love this recipe no matter which Tomatoes you select so long as they are ripe. You will want to season for taste. I am pretty happy with this mild version but of course you can up the amount chilies for extra heat. For my own personal taste, I doubled the lime and salt measurements which helped hide more of the onion taste.

I absolutely love this recipe. This by far is the closest I have found to be just like the El Torito Salsa that is served at the restaurant. You can find the original recipe at Oregon Transplant Blog. Thank you Oregon Transplant! We love your recipes. We were not compensated or paid for this review. We just love a good salsa.

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