Restaurant-Style Chipotle Salsa

Homemade chipotle salsa is well balanced and has the perfect texture.

Dip into this flavorful homemade Chipotle Salsa, made with simple ingredients in just 5 minutes. Fire-roasted tomatoes, smoky chipotle peppers, and fiery jalapenos are the base for this perfectly textured salsa that’s ready to be poured into your burritos and garnish your nachos. Grab a bag of tortilla chips and get ready to graze!

My secret is out, this is the BEST salsa on our menu. Packed with just the right amount of medium heat, bursting with incredible flavors, and boasting the perfect consistency, this restaurant-style salsa is the real deal. Pair this with Quick Pickled Red Onions or Pickled Jalapenos for the ultimate taco toppings.

But here’s the best part: it’s ridiculously simple to prepare. Chop up a few ingredients and add everything to a food processor. The hardest part is pushing the button to blend it, followed by the best part (tasting the salsa, obviously).

This restaurant-style Chipotle Salsa recipe uses fire-roasted tomatoes and basic pantry staples.

What is Restaurant-Style Salsa?

Any authentic Mexican restaurant will have a bowl of impossible-to-resist spicy salsa roja that you’ve likely refilled 3 times before your meal arrives. This salsa not only tastes delicious with all types of Mexican food but has the perfect texture to coat tortilla chips.

The trick is to use canned tomatoes, not fresh tomatoes.

This might sound against the grain, but canned tomatoes provide the perfect consistency with every bite. The soft texture blends better, creating a thicker sauce instead of a chunky salsa.

Homemade salsa is also less watery when using canned tomatoes.

Fresh tomatoes have a high water content, and the blades from food processors break down the cells that expel the water into your salsa. This happens with canned tomatoes as well, however, they require less blending to achieve a smooth consistency, which means you have less water in the salsa.

Fire-roasted tomatoes are perfect for homemade salsa roja.

Ingredients for Chipotle Hot Salsa

Most of the ingredients are common, and there’s a chance you’ll have them at home:

  • Canned Fire Roasted Tomatoes – Extra flavor from the roasted tomatoes is worth it. You can use regular canned tomatoes if you prefer, the key is making sure they are canned diced tomatoes. Roasting your own Roma tomatoes will work too, just make sure to remove the skin.
  • Onion – Use white or yellow onions for this recipe, depending on your preference for sweetness.
  • Garlic Cloves– Adds a savory component to the salsa. You can add roasted garlic for additional flavor as well, which is highly recommended.
  • Jalapeno Pepper – Taste your jalapeno slices before adding. You might get one that tastes just like a bell pepper, or another that will burn your mouth like a volcano.
  • Chipotles in Adobo Sauce – The key ingredient that comes in a jar or can. Use whole chipotles or diced, it doesn’t matter, the flavors will be the same. You’re going to blend it all anyway.
  • Fresh Cilantro – Wash it and toss it into the food processor. If you’re one of those folks who doesn’t like cilantro, you can swap it with flat-leaf parsley.
  • Fresh Lime – Just a squeeze at the end will bring it all together.
A quick blend in the food processor makes this restaurant style salsa in minutes.

How to Make Chipotle Salsa

Get out your favorite food processor or blender, it’s time to bring this simple recipe all together.

Step 1: Add all of the ingredients to the food processor. It helps if the jalapenos and garlic are diced, preventing the possibility of big chunks.

Step 2: Blend for just a minute or two until everything is evenly blended. The goal is a thicker salsa with some texture.

Step 3: Adjust with salt and fresh lime juice. Taste and adjust to your preference, and allow the salsa to rest for 30 minutes before serving.

Salt Content: Think about how you’ll be serving this. Typically this chipotle salsa will be served with salty tortilla chips, so it’s wise to consider how much salt is needed. Don’t be afraid to slightly underseason the salsa if you know it’s going to be a sodium-packed meal.

Store your chipotle salsa in an airtight container for maximum freshness.

Best Practices for Storage

Make sure you allow the salsa to rest for at least 30 minutes, which gives all of the ingredients a chance to mingle and absorb all of the flavors.

Keep this homemade salsa in an airtight container, such as a glass mason jar, and store it in the fridge.

How Long Will Homemade Salsa Last?

This chipotle salsa will stay fresh for 7-10 days if kept in an airtight container in the fridge. If the salsa is sitting at room temperature for an extended period, such as a party, the shelf life will go down.

Good luck keeping this delicious salsa for 7-10 days. I guarantee you’ll have a hard time keeping this homemade salsa past 2 days, so you better make a double batch.

This restaurant-style salsa roja is perfect for any Mexican food.

More Salsa Recipes You’ll Love

This spicy salsa happens to be a family favorite, but we have love for many others. Try these other salsa recipes along with some dips and condiments to kick up the flavors for your meals.

HOMEMADE Chipotle Salsa RECIPE

This authentic Mexican salsa is a staple at our house, and hopefully, you’ll love it just as much. At Chiles and Smoke, we’re here to bring people together with bold flavors, using spice and flames to ignite the food and friendships.

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Homemade chipotle salsa is well balanced and has the perfect texture.

Restaurant-Style Chipotle Salsa

Dip into this flavorful homemade Chipotle Salsa, made with simple ingredients in just 5 minutes. Fire-roasted tomatoes, smoky chipotle peppers, and fiery jalapenos are the base for this perfectly textured salsa that’s ready to be poured into your burritos and garnish your nachos. Grab a bag of tortilla chips and get ready to graze!

  • Total Time: 7-8 minutes
  • Yield: About 3 Cups 1x

Ingredients

Scale
  • ½ cup chopped white onion (about ½ small onion)
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • ½ jalapeño, seeds and ribs removed, and chopped
  • 1 can (15 ounces) diced fire-roasted tomatoes
  • 1 to 3 tablespoons chopped chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • ¼ cup lightly packed fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice, more if needed
  • Sea salt to taste

Instructions

  1. Dice up the ingredients. Make sure the onion, garlic, and jalapeno is diced. Everything will be blended, but you don’t want a chunk of garlic on your chips!
  2. Add to a food processor and blend. Use a high speed for 1-2 minutes, or until everything is evenly blended. Use a spoon to make sure there are no remaining chunks of jalapenos and garlic. The salsa should be thicker and have some texture.
  3. Taste and adjust with lime and salt. Add in the seasoning and mix, taste, and adjust as needed. It helps to test with a tortilla chip, as they are typically used to serve and have additional salt.
  4. Rest the salsa for 30 minutes. Store in an airtight container in the fridge, which should stay fresh for up to 7-10 days.
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Notes

  • One whole chipotle in adobo sauce is about 1 tablespoon chopped. Use as much as you’d like to kick up the heat.
  • Taste the jalapenos before adding to the food processor, which can vary quite a bit with the heat.
  • Think about how you’ll be serving this. Typically this chipotle salsa will be served with salty tortilla chips, so it’s wise to consider how much salt is needed.
  • Author: Brad Prose
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 minutes
  • Category: Sauces & Salsas
  • Method: Blending
  • Cuisine: Salsa

Keywords: chipotle salsa, salsa roja, restaurant style salsa, authentic mexican salsa, spicy salsa, chipotle hot salsa

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