Easy Homemade Chipotle Salsa

March 8, 2024
Chips and salsa on a wood cutting board ready to be served.
Chips and salsa on a wood cutting board ready to be served.

Why buy Chiptole Salsa from the store when it’s so easy to make at home?

Some people think it may be silly to make homemade chipotle salsa, but did you know that the salsa you buy in most grocery stores that proudly displays their “chunky” label is absolute shit? Traditional salsa in Mexico is not made with golf ball-sized chunks of tomatoes, although they are rarely spicy even when they say “hot”. The machine-made salsa you buy in the grocery store can’t even get that correct, even when they try to label it “spicy”, it’s white people spicy at best. In Mexico, salsa is more often used as a condiment than a dip for chips. This salsa can be as spicy as you’d like and can used as either a condiment or for chips. Make this instead of buying the shit from the store.

Red ripe tomatoes on the vine.

Here is how we do our Homemade Chipotle Salsa!

You will need a food processor large enough to fit all of these ingredients. You could do this in batches but it will get annoying and messy very quickly.

Remove any stems from your tomatoes and chop them into quarters. Peel and Chop your onion into quarters. Roughly chop cilantro. We are aware that people are adverse to cilantro and we are sorry but you can substitute it.

Add tomatoes, onion, cilantro, and garlic into your food processor and pulse until all ingredients are roughly combined. Add in the rest of your ingredients and pulse in the food processor to your desired consistency. If you want something a little more for chip dipping, pulse it less. If you want more of a condiment for tacos, pulse a bit more. Add additional salt or pepper to your taste. And don’t ever buy salsa from the store again.

Salsa in a blender with cilantro hanging over the edge.

Our favorite gadgets for this recipe!

Lime being squeezed into the salsa.
Is homemade salsa healthy?

HELL YEAH, IT IS! Homemade salsa is a nutritious choice. Packed with fresh ingredients like tomatoes, onions, peppers, and cilantro, it’s a low-calorie option that’s rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. You can use this to spice up any meal!

Can homemade salsa be frozen?

Yes, you can freeze homemade salsa! Freezing helps extend its shelf life. To do this, transfer the salsa to airtight containers or freezer bags, leaving a bit of space for expansion. When you’re ready to use it, let the salsa thaw in the refrigerator. While the texture may change slightly after thawing, the flavors will remain intact.

Can homemade salsa go bad, and how long does it last in the fridge?

Homemade salsa can indeed go bad, like any other perishable food. In the fridge, it usually stays fresh for about 5 to 7 days.

Why is my homemade salsa foamy?

The foam in homemade salsa is often a result of vigorous blending or processing. When the salsa is blended at high speeds, the air gets incorporated, creating the foam. You can reduce foaming by using slower blending speeds or pulsing the ingredients.

Salsa in a blender with spices on top.
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Chips and salsa on a wood cutting board ready to eat.

Homemade Chipotle Salsa

  • Author: A Couple Bites


This homemade salsa is made with mostly fresh ingredients and can be as spicy or mild as you would like.


  • 8 Roma Tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1 4oz can of diced green chilis
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 small can of chipotles in adobo sauce (use less if you don’t want spice)
  • 1 bunch of cilantro, rinsed and dried
  • 1 medium red onion, cut in 4 pieces


  1. In a large food processor add your tomato, onion, and spices. Blend for 1-2 mins or until smooth.
  2. Add chilies, chipotles in adobo sauce, and blend again for 1-2 mins
  3. Add lime juice and cilantro and blend again until smooth.
  4. Serve with warmed tortilla chips and enjoy!
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We’re Matt and Melissa, and this is our food blog, though it may not be the food blog you are expecting. We are here to take you on a culinary adventure through our kitchen, our passions, our stories, and our liquor cabinet. Residing in Monmouth County, NJ (the best county in NJ) we love to cook and create in our kitchen. But we know we’re not the real experts and the only thing more fun than tasting our own creations are tasting others’. When we’re not cooking for you, we’re around town sampling all that New Jersey’s culinary scene has to offer. Let take A Couple Bites!

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