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Learn to make authentic Chipotle Hot Salsa with roasted tomatillos and spicy red chiles. Whip up this classic copycat recipe in 20 minutes or less using fresh, delicious ingredients. Adjust the heat up or down as your heart desires.

Chipotle Hot Salsa (Copycat)

Learn to make authentic Chipotle Hot Salsa with roasted tomatillos and spicy red chiles. Whip up this classic copycat recipe in 20 minutes or less using fresh, delicious ingredients. Adjust the heat up or down as your heart desires.

Course Appetizer
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 58 kcal

Ingredients

  • 16 medium tomatillos husks removed and rinsed
  • 6 cloves garlic unpeeled and lightly crushed
  • 3 tablespoons ground chiles such as New Mexico (see notes)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons lime zest from 1 lime
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • Tabasco to taste
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Tortilla chips for serving

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to broil and set oven rack 6 inches from broiler. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. 

  2. Place the tomatillos and crushed garlic on the baking sheet and place in oven. Broil until charred, about 12 minutes, flipping halfway through. Peel garlic.

  3. In a food processor, combine tomatillos, garlic, ground red chiles, cumin, lime zest and juice, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Process until the mixture is smooth. Season to taste with Tabasco.

  4. Add 1-2 teaspoons extra ground chiles if you would like it a bit more spicy. Adjust seasoning to taste. Serve with tortilla chips.

Recipe Notes

Yield: about 3 cups. For even more heat, substitute the ground New Mexico chilies for Chiles de Arbol. Add in small amounts to desired heat. For a looser salsa, gradually drizzle in water to reach desired consistency.