5-Minute Smoky Chipotle Salsa

5-Minute Smoky Chipotle Salsa

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. 

Smoky chipotle salsa in bowl with chips and cilantro and text overlay

What You’ll Need for this Chipotle Salsa Recipe:

  • Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes – using canned tomatoes keeps this super easy.
  • Onions – yellow or white onion.
  • Garlic
  • Jalapeño – to add some heat, you can adjust how much you use and you can include the seeds if you want it to be spicier.
  • Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce – These are in a can and typically in your Ethnic/Hispanic section in your grocery store. And with the rest of the can that you don’t use, I recommend freezing in a plastic zip top bag.
  • Fresh Cilantro
  • Lime
  • Salt and pepper
Tomatoes, chipotle pepper onion, cilantro, jalapeno, and garlic in food processor.

How to make the Chipotle Salsa:

  1. Blend it Up! Add all ingredients to your food processor or blend and pulse until combined and your desired consistency.
  2. Taste and Adjust. Give it a taste and adjust salt, lime, and jalapeño if needed to your taste/spice preference.
  3. Enjoy!

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?

Totally! Fire roasted adds a deeper flavor that goes wonderfully with the smoky chipotle peppers. But, you can use what you’ve got!

Hand dipping chip into bowl of salsa

Other Salsa Recipes!

  • Pineapple Salsa – Another easy homemade salsa, just chop and mix together! No blending required.
  • Instant Pot Salsa Chicken – Try using the chipotle salsa to make salsa chicken! It’s perfect for an easy dinner or meal prep for the week.
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Smoky Chipotle Salsa

5-Minute Smoky Chipotle Salsa

  • Author: Kathleen
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian


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. 



  • 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


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

  • Category: Appetizer, Snack
  • Method: Food Processor, Blender
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Keywords: Smoky salsa, chipotle salsa, homemade salsa, canned tomatoes salsa

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