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

Restaurant-Style Chipotle Salsa

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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


  • 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


  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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  • 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
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