Slow Cooker Restaurant Style Garden Salsa

Happy Hour on the deck is one of our favorite ways to celebrate warm summer days. This Slow Cooker Restaurant Style Garden Salsa is the perfect recipe to have in your repertoire of dips and appetizers that make Happy Hour at home almost like going out.

Slow Cooker Restaurant Style Garden Salsa for happy hour at home.

This recipe is loaded with delicious, fresh ingredients. It’s the perfect way to use up loads of your garden or farmers market produce. Plus, it’s so easy, you’ll want to make it over and over all summer long.

This Slow Cooker Restaurant Style Garden Salsa tastes exactly like that addicting restaurant salsa that you just can’t get enough of. Now, you can make it right at home!

For this batch, I used last year’s frozen garden tomatoes, because this year’s tomatoes won’t be ready for another month or so. Frozen or canned tomatoes work great in this recipe! I just thawed my frozen, peeled tomatoes and tossed them in the slow cooker whole. When done cooking, I broke them apart a bit with a potato masher for a nice, chunky salsa.

How to Make Slow Cooker Restaurant Style Garden Salsa

This recipe is seriously so easy. Gather up all your produce. Wash and chop it.

Place the tomatoes, onions, peppers, vinegar, and coriander in your slow cooker. Cook on low for 4-5 hours, or high for 3 hours.

In the last few minutes, add in the fresh basil, cilantro, and ground sage. You can serve it chunky, or puree it with an immersion blender to get just the consistency you want. Add salt to taste at the very end.

Seriously, that’s it friends. For so little effort, you get a massive pay-out.

Serve it with some crispy tortilla chips (we like the lime flavored ones), homemade guacamole, and some Watermelon Margaritas and you have everything you need for the perfect Happy Hour at Home!

Slow Cooker Restaurant Style Garden Salsa

Niky @ The House on Silverado
This easy Slow Cooker Restaurant Style Garden Salsa is perfect for Cinco de Mayo, Happy Hour at Home, or to serve as a side to your favorite Mexican dishes. It's a great way to use your fresh garden produce.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 6 servings
Calories 60 kcal


  • Slow Cooker


  • 7 cups fresh tomatoes
  • 2 large onions chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 2-4 jalapeño peppers depending on your heat preference
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp dried sage
  • 3 TBSP fresh basil chopped
  • 4 TBSP fresh cilantro chopped
  • 1 tsp salt more or less to taste


  • To your slow cooker, add tomatoes, onions, peppers, apple cider vinegar, and coriander. Cook on low for 4-5 hours or on high for 3 hours.
  • In the last few minutes, add the cilantro, basil, and sage. Allow to cool.
  • You can leave the salsa chunky, or use an immersion blender to puree to your desired consistency. Add salt to taste.


*nutrition facts calculated using
This recipe is perfect for freezing or canning.  You can use all your garden produce and preserve it as salsa for later use.  


Calories: 60kcalCarbohydrates: 12.8gProtein: 2.5gFat: 0.6gSaturated Fat: 0.1gSodium: 400mgPotassium: 618mgFiber: 3.8gSugar: 7.9gCalcium: 38mgIron: 1mg
Keyword tomatoes
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