Homemade Chipotle Salsa


Total Time:

5 minutes



You guys know how I feel about condiments. I NEED ALL OF THEM. Salsa. Sauces. Guacamole. The works! And today this homemade chipotle salsa is what we all need!

This is a safe place right? Somewhere where I can admit that I’m a total salsa snob? I really can’t be blamed for this though. Growing up in Tucson basically made me this way. Salsa was everywhere and I sampled just about everything Arizona had to offer. I’ve kept my salsa snobbery duty going since living in California. And I don’t intend to give it up anytime soon. Which is why you all need this Homemade Chipotle Salsa recipe in your life immediately. 

Homemade Chipotle Salsa

I’m not a fan of salsa that has no spice. I need it to pack a bit of a punch. Also, fire roasted tomatoes… yes! That really cranks it up a few notches. Cilantro is a must. Garlic and onions, obviously. And chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. It’s the icing on the cake.

This Homemade Chipotle Salsa goes on just about everything I made. From grilled fish, chicken, steaks, breakfast burritos and of course nachos!! This recipe makes me particularly happy for many reasons, but one giant one being there’s really no knife work involved. No chopping up tomatoes perfectly… none of that here. Instead it all goes into a blender and then you’re ready to eat! And obsessed. And cry because it’s the best salsa you’ll ever have in your entire life! 

Homemade Salsa

4.8 from 4 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Servings 8 servings


  • 1 can 14 oz Fire Roasted Tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup yellow onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1/2 jalapeño chopped
  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobo plus 1 teaspoon of the adobo sauce
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 cup cilantro
  • 1 lime juiced


  • Combine all ingredients in the food processor or high powered blender and pulse until everything is evenly blended.
  • Taste and adjust salt and pepper as needed. Add more chipotle peppers if you like it extra spice.
  • Remove from food processor or blender and refrigerate.

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  1. DessertForTwo

    This looks like a winner! And I’m a total salsa snob too! I love that it uses some fresh tomatoes since I have a ton in the garden and some canned.

  2. Blog is the New Black

    Your recipe sounds wonderful! I recently made my first homemade salsa.

  3. Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum

    Fresh salsa is the best. I like that you use the food processor for yours. Less chopping = more time to munch!

  4. Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga)

    I’m headed to Mexico right now! Im in the airport. I will be sure to eat plenty of salsa and guac in your honor 🙂

  5. Monika

    I love salsa with my grilled cheese! This sounds perfect.

  6. Maris(In Good Taste)

    Glad to know I am not the only salsa snob! Thanks for sharing this simple and delicious recipe

  7. Allison [Girl’s Guide to Social Media]

    I ‘heart’ salsa ALOT!

  8. LisaK

    What a cute container for chips and salsa! Where did you get it?

  9. marla

    Seriously I go through about a cup of salsa per day. MUST try this recipe.

  10. Rebecca @ How the Cookies Crumble

    Wow! I love fresh salsa and I bet this taste great. I keep seeing chipotle peppers in adobo in recipes but haven’t found them yet in a store. I search up and down the hispanic food section yesterday!

  11. Jennifer @ Jane Deere

    I’m a salsa snob too! Life’s too short not to be. 🙂 I love smokey chipotles too! I can’t wait to try it!

  12. JM

    I love your guac with chipoltles so I think I will like this as well.

  13. Bonnie

    Made this salsa yesterday. Very flavorfull and the exact right amount of spicyness! YUM!!

  14. Lee Ann

    Yum! I love fresh salsa! Can’t wait to try this recipe.
    And where did you get that serving dish??? Too cute!

  15. Melinda Troxel

    4 stars
    Made this salsa today. Wonderful! Also, just wondering…where did you get the chip and dip bowl in the picture? Love it!

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  19. Linda

    I’ve been making this a lot and people are always asking for the recipe!

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  24. Andrea @mydulcecocina

    I just made this salsa! It is sooo good! As good as Chipotle’s or Qdobas! Thanks for a great recipe 🙂

  25. Kristine @ Kristine’s Kitchen

    Homemade salsa is the best! I have a recipe that I love, but I think I will have to try yours next time. I agree, salsa needs to have a little spice or what’s the point?

  26. Jenny Flake

    This is sooooo fabulous!! Can’t get enough chips and salsa!!

  27. Averie @ Averie Cooks

    Blender salsa is the best kind! And yes MUST have spice and pack a punch. Otherwise what’s the point, right!

  28. Monika

    Wow! This sounds like a real winner. Fresh is absolutely the way to go!

  29. Des @ Life’s Ambrosia

    Chips and salsa are my fave too! I agree that salsa always needs to have a kick. I always used to say that if my eyes aren’t watering then it’s not salsa 🙂

  30. Beth @ Tasty Yummies

    Yes yes yes yes!! To all of it. Salsa, chipotles in adobo, must have cilantro – I just love it ALL!! I make a similar salsa and we go through it SO fast!

  31. Lily (A Rhubarb Rhapsody)

    Pinning this for later, it would be perfect as a part of a light weekend lunch or even to take to a bbq. 🙂

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    Made this today for tomorrow. Sampled it. It’s wonderful. Thanks for sharing

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  38. Randy

    Am I the only guy here? I never knew there were so many hot women who liked hot salsa 🙂

  39. Randy

    I made this salsa exactly to the recipe, although I doubled the portions because it doesn’t make much salsa, not for two people. Well, not for my son and I who can make salsa an entire meal 🙂

    I will say this salsa has a very nice texture. My son and I felt there was way too much lime however and not enough spice. I thought it was going to be on the hot side but it was very mild. I would recommend using 1/2 the amount of lime and at least double on the chipotle. I finally ended up adding more cherry tomatoes, cilantro, garlic, pepper, salt, and dumped the entire remaining can of chipotle in, sauce and all.

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    Gabe: I have made dozens of salsas, still looking for “the one” and I have now found it. I made your salsa last night. You are correct; there is no better salsa. I did broil the jalapeño and onion to unleash their flavors. I added two more chipotles and another tsp sauce.

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    Those nachos look amazing. I’d like to know where you got those. We just got some chipolte that my husband loves so this will be something we will try.

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