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Overhead view of a bowl of chipotle salsa on a white background with tortilla chips

Smoky Chipotle Salsa (Restaurant Copycat)

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  • Author: One Lovely Life
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 3.5 cups 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


This Smoky Chipotle Salsa rivals our favorite restaurant salsa and tastes good on EVERYTHING. Make it mild, medium, or spicy!


  • 12 oz. tomatillos (peeled, if fresh or drained, if canned)
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1 (14.5oz) can fire roasted tomatoes
  • 12 chipotle chiles in adobo sauce, minced (about 12 Tbsp.) 
  • 1/4 cup cilantro
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1/2 tsp. salt, or to taste
  • olive or avocado oil


  1. Place tomatillos and onion on a baking sheet. Drizzle with oil (or mist with spray oil) and broil for 5-8 minutes, turning over halfway through, until slightly blistered. Let cool slightly.
  2. Place tomatillos and onions in a blender with tomatoes, chipotle peppers, cilantro, lime juice, and salt.
  3. Pulse or puree until you reach the texture you prefer (if you like more texture, you can just pulse it to break it up a bit). Taste and add salt, as desired.
  4. Makes 3.5 cups
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Blender
  • Cuisine: Tex-Mex