Smoky Chipotle Salsa

8 Servings
5 min
This homemade Smoky Chipotle Salsa takes just 5 minutes to make! And using canned tomatoes, it’s extra easy! A slight kick from jalapeño and smokiness from the chipotle peppers. How Spicy is this Salsa?As written, I call this salsa a solid ‘Medium’. If you’re sensitive to spice, hold back on the jalapeño (especially the white and seeds as that’s where the spice is) and maybe start with one less chipotle pepper. You can always add more after you taste. If you like it HOT, then go all in. Add more jalapeño or keep some or all of the whites and seeds. Can I use Regular Diced Tomatoes instead of Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes?Totally! Fire roasted adds a deeper flavor that goes wonderfully with the smoky chipotle peppers. But, you can use what you’ve got!You can find more easy recipes like this one on my website and follow along on instagram for behind the scenes!

Recipe details

  • 8  Servings
  • Prep time: 5 Minutes Cook time: 0 Minutes Total time: 5 min
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  • 1 14oz can fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion, white or yellow
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 jalapeño, seeds and whites can be removed to lessen spice
  • 3 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro leave
  • 1 lime juiced, about 2 tablespoons


Combine all ingredients in the food processor or a high powered blender. Pulse until all ingredients are well blended. Don’t blend too much – you want it still to have a little texture vs being a smooth sauce.
Taste and adjust salt and pepper. You can add an additional chipotle pepper or a teaspoon or two of the adobo sauce if you want a little extra smoke and spice.
Pour salsa into a bowl or airtight container. Refrigerate until ready to serve.


  • I consider this salsa a Medium spice level. You can adjust the jalapeño and chipotle peppers if you want it milder or hotter.

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