Chipotle Tomato Salsa (Copycat)

Chipotle Tomato Salsa is so easy to make, you hardly need a recipe! Mild in flavor, it only takes 5 ingredients to create this copycat recipe at home.

Back in January 2014, I started a quest to make all my Chipotle restaurant favorites at home.

A fresh tomato salsa so easy, you hardly need a recipe! Mild in flavor with a kick, it only takes 5 ingredients to create this Chipotle classic at home.

Chipotle Tomato Salsa is so easy to make, you hardly need a recipe! Mild in flavor, it only takes 5 ingredients to create this copycat recipe at home.

After creating every possible configuration of chiles/powder/marinade/chicken meat/cooking method ever, I can now make the chipotle chicken with my eyes shut.

The cilantro-lime rice, grilled vegetables, and guacamole are also family favorites with a spot on our regular menu. These recipes have turned out to be some of the most popular on my blog, too, so apparently I’m not the only one obsessed.

And this Fresh Tomato Salsa is the easiest thing to make, so there’s really no excuse for why it took me so long to get it posted. Well, maybe there’s a little excuse.

Back to the salsa. The super quick, ultra fresh, healthy/vegan/gluten-free/paleo/anyone-can-eat-this salsa.

Chipotle Tomato Salsa is so easy to make, you hardly need a recipe! Mild in flavor, it only takes 5 ingredients to create this copycat recipe at home.

To have the best fresh tomato salsa, you need to start with the best, ripest tomatoes. For me, this usually means the vine-ripened tomatoes at my local grocery store. However, if it’s the right season and you have access to a garden or your local farmer’s market, even better! If you find ripe, juicy tomatoes a bit over-powering, beefsteak tomatoes will also work just fine without all the extra in-your-face tomato-ness.

To make this a true copycat recipe, use red onions. If you just want a hearty fresh tomato salsa, white or yellow onions are fine. Same on the peppers: Chipotle uses jalapeños, but I’m a huge fan of serrano peppers. If you don’t like spiciness at all, sub in a green bell pepper (Hi, Mom!).

As a cilantro fanatic, I fully endorse this herb. If you think cilantro tastes like soap, feel free to substitute fresh parsley (Hi, Mom!).

We’re almost there! A squeeze of real lime juice and a dash of salt and we’re done. Now you’re ready to dig in, Chipotle style. Add chips, add it to your favorite burrito bowl, pour it on tacos, eat it with grilled meat, eat it with a spoon. This fresh tomato salsa is ready to rock your summer!

Looking for more salsa recipes? Try my delicious Mango Salsa, Pineapple Salsa, Black Bean Salsa, or this delicious Strawberry Salsa with cinnamon chips!

Save this Chipotle Cilantro Lime Rice to your “Side Dishes” Pinterest board!

And let’s be friends on Pinterest! I’m always pinning tasty recipes!

Fresh Tomato Salsa (Chipotle Copycat)

Yield: 2 cups

Prep Time: 10 min

Cook Time: 15 min

Total Time: 25 min

Chipotle Tomato Salsa is so easy to make, you hardly need a recipe! Mild in flavor, it only takes 5 ingredients to create this copycat recipe at home.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound tomatoes, cut into ¼-inch pieces
  • ¼ cup finely chopped red onion
  • ¼ cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 3 jalapeno peppers, seeded, stemmed, and finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
  • Kosher salt, to taste

Directions:

  1. In a medium bowl, combine tomatoes, red onion, cilantro, jalapeno, and lime juice. Season to taste with salt.
  2. Let stand at least 10 minutes at room temperature to blend flavors.
Inspired by Chipotle.

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4 comments

  1. I love salsa, but I can’t stand most store bought out of a jar. Fresh is definitely the way to go! This will be great condiment all summer long! 

  2. I don’t know chipotle, but I bet it’s good! I certainly trust your interpretation of a pretty darn good salsa, Meggan! Pinning this one for the future!

  3. Oh yes! Thank you for sharing…I could eat there every single day!

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