Copycat Don Pablos Salsa

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 0 mins

I just posted in the forum for this recipe and Impera_Magna found it! So I am posting this so I don't lose it and the rest of us can enjoy it!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Place tomatoes, onions, tomato paste, water, garlic powder, cilantro, cumin, salt and sugar in a blender or food processor.
  2. Puree until smooth.
  3. Add remaining measure of tomatoes and mix till blended. (Fresh, diced tomatoes may be substituded for diced canned tomatoes.)
  4. Add optional jalepeno peppers to taste.
Most Helpful

I used to wait tables at Don Pablo's in my college days and have been on the hunt for their salsa recipe for years. My search is over - I finally found a recipe that is close enough to the original product. I did add extra cilantro, but that is personal preference. I generally like a chunkier salsa, but this is perfect as well. It also freezes great - the recipe makes quite a bit and I am the only salsa eater in the house. Thanks so much for posting.

natty111 November 09, 2012

I was a little worried that I wouldn't like this salsa (I tend to gravitate more towards pico de gallo over pureed salsas), but I was very pleasantly surprised. Before I added the second amount of tomatoes, the texture seemed more to me like a salsa that should be cooked. Not that that was a bad thing, because it tasted awesome. To make it a little chunkier (which I prefer in uncooked tomato salsas), I chopped a little extra onion and added that with the last tomatoes and the jalapenos. I used canned tomatoes in the pureed part and fresh tomatoes in the end, and I only added 1 tsp of sugar because I was afraid that the tablespoon of sugar would make it sweet (I don't like sweet tomato salsa). I think I ate about a cup of this with a spoon before I forced myself to put it in the fridge lol! Thanks for posting!

Muffin Goddess October 29, 2006

This salsa is excellent! I DID however not add the extra 2 cups of tomatoes or water, as I could tell it would make it what would be too watery for my family's taste buds. I used one jalepeno (w/ seeds) and left out the sugar. My dad and I are salsa addicts and both loved it that way for munching on during Thanksgiving. Thank you for sharing!

megs_ November 26, 2009