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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.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American, Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 servings (1/2 cup each)
Calories 29kcal


  • 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


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



  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 1/8 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.


Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 29kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 7mg | Potassium: 323mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1128IU | Vitamin C: 32mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1mg