Chipotle Hot Salsa (Copycat)

Learn to make authentic Chipotle Hot Salsa with roasted tomatillos and spicy red chiles. It only takes 5 ingredients to whip up this copycat recipe at home!

In culinary school this fall, I’m enrolled in a production class called Cafe.

The 9 students in the class, including me, prep and cook a 5-course lunch once per week that anyone in the general public (with $25 in his or her pocket), may come and enjoy.

Each week, there are 3 standard options on the menu plus a Student’s Choice for each course. Last week, my partner and I served Carnitas street tacos for our special. We also made a few salsas and sauces for the plate including this copycat Chipotle Hot Salsa.

Learn to make authentic Chipotle Hot Salsa with roasted tomatillos and spicy red chilis. It only takes 5 ingredients to whip up this copycat recipe at home!


It’s a really easy recipe, but other folks on the Internet seem to get it wrong a lot.

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Per Chipotle’s ingredient statement, their Tomatillo-Red Chili Salsa:

  1. Contains tomatillos and red chilis.
  2. Does not contain tomatoes.

Yet for some reason, a lot of the existing copycat recipes start with a can of tomatoes. Shrug.

Anyway, we 86’d on our Carnitas street tacos so the whole day (and this Chipotle Salsa!) was a success!

(“86’d” is slang in the industry for running out of food. This is somewhat contradictory to what you might read in an online slang dictionary, but this is how it it is used at restaurants.)

Learn to make authentic Chipotle Hot Salsa with roasted tomatillos and spicy red chilis. It only takes 5 ingredients to whip up this copycat recipe at home!

 

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Learn to make authentic Chipotle Hot Salsa with roasted tomatillos and spicy red chilis. It only takes 5 ingredients to whip up this copycat recipe at home!
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Chipotle Hot Salsa (Copycat)

Learn to make authentic Chipotle Hot Salsa with roasted tomatillos and spicy red chiles. It only takes 5 ingredients to whip up this copycat recipe at home!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 58 kcal

Ingredients

  • 16 medium tomatillos husks removed, cut in half horizontally
  • 4 tablespoons ground red chiles (such as New Mexico)
  • 2 teaspoon cumin
  • 6 clove garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Tabasco sauce to taste
  • water

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 500 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Place the halved tomatillos skin side down on the baking sheet, and place in the oven. Bake until they begin to toast, about 20 minutes. 

  2. In a food processor, combine the tomatillos, ground red chiles, cumin, garlic, salt and pepper. Pulse until the mixture is smooth.

  3. Add Tabasco sauce to adjust the heat to taste. Adjust seasonings to taste, and pulse in small amounts of water to reach desired consistency. Serve. 

Recipe Notes

  1. Yield: about 2 cups.
  2. For even more heat, substitute the ground New Mexico chilies for Chiles de Arbol. Add in small amounts to desired heat.

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Learn to make authentic Chipotle Hot Salsa with roasted tomatillos and spicy red chilis. It only takes 5 ingredients to whip up this copycat recipe at home!

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3 comments

  1. If I were there, I’d be a regular at your cafe, for sure!

    Love all your copycat recipes, Meggan.

    Hope culinary school is going well 😍

  2. is the ground red chiles the spice or the paste?

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