Also known as Pico de Gallo, this copycat Chipotle Tomato Salsa is ready in minutes and a great way to top off all your burrito bowls, tacos, and nachos.

Chipotle tomato salsa in a black bowl on a blue plate with tortilla chips.
Table of Contents
  1. Recipe ingredients
  2. Ingredient notes
  3. Instructions
  4. Recipe tips and variations
  5. Chipotle Tomato Salsa (Copycat) Recipe

Recipe ingredients

Labeled ingredients for tomato salsa in various bowls.

Ingredient notes

  • Tomatoes: This salsa tastes best when made with fresh, ripe tomatoes. In a pinch, substitute 1 (15 ounce) can diced tomatoes.
  • Cilantro: If you hate cilantro, leave it out or substitute parsley.
  • Jalapeños: For a spicier salsa, substitute serrano chiles. For the mildest salsa, substitute green bell peppers.

Instructions

  • In a medium bowl, add tomatoes, red onion, cilantro, jalapeño, lemon juice, and lime juice, and salt to taste. Stir to combine.
Chipotle tomato salsa in a black bowl on a blue plate with tortilla chips.

Recipe tips and variations

  • Yield: This recipe makes about 2 cups of salsa.
  • Storage: Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
  • Make ahead: This salsa can be made a day ahead, and the flavors get better if it has a chance to sit that long.
  • Per Mexico: In Aguascalientes, Mexico they add ⅛ teaspoon dried Mexican oregano to Pico de Gallo.
  • Tuna on toast: I love to mix this tomato salsa with a batch of tuna salad and make a sandwich. So great!
  • Omelet: Add leftover salsa and a dollop of sour cream to your next omelet.
  • Beans and rice: Dress up a bowl of black beans and Mexican rice.

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Chipotle tomato salsa in a black bowl on a blue plate with tortilla chips.

Chipotle Tomato Salsa (Copycat)

Also known as Pico de Gallo, this copycat Chipotle Tomato Salsa is ready in minutes and a great way to top off all your burrito bowls, tacos, and nachos.
4.97 from 32 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Servings 4 servings (½ cup each)
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American, Mexican
Calories 29

Ingredients 

  • 1 pound tomatoes cut into 1/4-inch pieces (see note 1)
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion (from 1 small)
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro (from 1 bunch, see note 2)
  • 3 jalapeño peppers finely chopped (see note 3)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice (from 1 lemon)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice (from 1 lime)
  • Salt
  • tortilla chips for serving

Instructions 

  • In a medium bowl, add tomatoes, red onion, cilantro, jalapeño, lemon juice, and lime juice, and salt to taste. Stir to combine.

Recipe Video

Notes

  1. Tomatoes: This salsa tastes best when made with fresh, ripe tomatoes. In a pinch, substitute 1 (15 ounce) can diced tomatoes.
  2. Cilantro: If you hate cilantro, leave it out or substitute parsley.
  3. Jalapeños: For a spicier salsa, substitute serrano chiles. For the mildest salsa, substitute green bell peppers.
  4. Yield: This recipe makes about 2 cups of salsa.
  5. Storage: Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
  6. Make ahead: This salsa can be made a day ahead, and the flavors get better if it has a chance to sit that long.
  7. Per Mexico: In Aguascalientes, Mexico they add ⅛ teaspoon dried Mexican oregano to Pico de Gallo.
  8. Tuna on toast: I love to mix this tomato salsa with a batch of tuna salad and make a sandwich. So great!
  9. Omelet: Add leftover salsa and a dollop of sour cream to your next omelet.
  10. Beans and rice: Dress up a bowl of black beans and Mexican rice.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.5cupCalories: 29kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 7mgPotassium: 323mgFiber: 2gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 1128IUVitamin C: 32mgCalcium: 16mgIron: 1mg
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  1. I’ve made this recipe time after time after time. It never fails me and tastes exactly like Chipotle’s! Please make this, you won’t regret it!5 stars

  2. Why not just call it Pico de Gallo? At first I was confused by the title because I was actually looking for Chipotle(the smoked pepper) Salsa recipes in google search and this popped up. Pico de Gallo is a recipe that’s been around before Chipotle ever existed. Might want to reconsider the title because you pop up as a chipotle salsa(the smoked pepper not the restaurant) recipe. (Just a suggestion) great recipe, though!5 stars

    1. Hi Jovanna, you’re right about all of this. I do have a separate post for Pico de Gallo which is the recipe I learned while traveling in Mexico. Vs. THIS recipe is just the exact ingredients that Chipotle posts on their website. And the only difference is… 1/8 teaspoon of dried Mexican oregano. There is no good reason for why I have two separate posts. I will have to think about this a bunch and figure out what to do. But thank you! I appreciate the insight. It’s always helpful to hear what goes on “on the other side” of the blog. :) Thanks again – Meggan

    2. It is a lot like Pico de Gallo. But Chipotle calls this fresh tomato salsa. That’s probably why she called it that, for people like me who are looking for a copycat for Chipotle’s “Fresh Tomato Salsa”

  3. I made this recipe and your cilantro rice. They were just perfect. Thank you for sharing the recipe.5 stars

  4. 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!5 stars

  5. 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! 5 stars

  6. Chipotle is the only fast food restaurant I go to. I like a the fresh tomato salsa on my dish with medium salsa with chips. Can you make that salsa recipe for me? :)5 stars