Copycat Don Pablos Salsa

"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!"
photo by Becky D. photo by Becky D.
photo by Becky D.
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  • Place tomatoes, onions, tomato paste, water, garlic powder, cilantro, cumin, salt and sugar in a blender or food processor.
  • Puree until smooth.
  • Add remaining measure of tomatoes and mix till blended. (Fresh, diced tomatoes may be substituded for diced canned tomatoes.)
  • Add optional jalepeno peppers to taste.

Questions & Replies

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  1. frances toby
    In Don Pablos salsa do you drain the diced tomatoes or include the juice it comes with?


  1. natty111
    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.
  2. Muffin Goddess
    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!
  3. megs_
    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!
  4. JavaDave
    I'm a huge Don Pablos fan who now lives far way from a Don Pablos. So I gave this a try. It wasn't exact, but it was fantastic. I used fresh tomatoes straight from the garden, and put in extra chopped cilantro and onions in the end along with a bit of cayenne pepper. Thanks for sharing!
  5. Cook4_6
    I really loved the consistency of this recipe, and the cooking! The only thing I might do next time is use fresh garlic and increase the cilantro; those are just personal preferences though as this salsa was great as published!


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