5-Minute Chipotle Salsa + VIDEO

5-Minute Chipotle Salsa comes together easily with the help of your blender. This spicy, smoky salsa is extra delicious!

This recipe was originally published in August 2015. It was updated in April 2019  to add new photographs and update content. The original chipotle salsa recipe remains the same. Enjoy! 

Pop Quiz:

  • What do you do when the neighbors invite you over for a BBQ and you’ve got about 30 minutes to throw together a quick side dish?


  • Run to the store, grab a few simple ingredients, throw them into the blender, and in 5 minutes flat you’ve got the most amazing chipotle salsa.

This isn’t your basic salsa recipe. With fire roasted tomatoes and chipotle peppers, it’s got a smoky kick. Which makes it a perfect compliment to any grilled dish.

Sometimes I like to top this salsa off with some cubed up avocado. It’s a bit like a guacamole-salsa hybrid. Only brighter and fresher.

You could also add some corn to this salsa and it would be amazing! I would take some frozen corn, give it a quick saute in a hot skillet until it’s just charred, and then stir it in. Yum!

Close up of salsa in bowl.

If you’re feeling extra ambitious, may I suggest trying your hand at making these Baked Tortilla Chips? Or, give these Air Fryer Tortilla Chips a try!

Honestly, it’s almost as easy as making the chipotle salsa. All you need to do is cut some store-bought tortillas into wedges, spray them with oil, and sprinkle them with a little seasoning. Pop them into the oven while you’re making the homemade chipotle salsa and you’ll impress everyone even more.

Chipotle Salsa Ingredients

  • Fire Roasted Tomatoes (from a can)
  • Chipotle Peppers
  • Sweet Onion
  • Garlic
  • Cilantro
  • Lime

How to Make Chipotle Salsa

  • Just add all the ingredients to your blender and process until it reaches your desired texture. This blender salsa will be ready to eat in less than 5 minutes.
Bowl of chipotle salsa in serving tray with chips and limes.

Tips for Making Chipotle Salsa

  • The salsa can be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge for up to a week. Just be sure that you don’t add the avocado until just before serving.
  • Pop any leftover chipotles (and their sauce) into a ziploc bag and store it in the freezer. Next time you need one, just thaw it under warm running water for a minute, and you’re good to go!
Bowl of chipotle salsa in serving tray with chips and limes.

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Bowl of chipotle salsa in serving tray with chips and limes.

5-Minute Chipotle Salsa

This 5-Minute Chipotle Salsa comes together easily with the help of your blender.
4.16 from 13 votes
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 6 servings


  • 1 14.5 oz can fire roasted tomatoes (with juice)
  • ½ sweet onion (rough chopped)
  • 1 clove garlic (peeled)
  • 1 handful fresh cilantro
  • 2 chipotles in adobo ((plus 1 Tbsp. adobo sauce from can))
  • 1 lime (juiced)
  • Salt (to taste)


  • Add all ingredients (except avocado) to a blender or food processor and process until it reaches your desired consistency. Pour into a bowl. Serve immediately.
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Calories: 70kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Sodium: 68mg | Potassium: 206mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 345IU | Vitamin C: 8.3mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 0.5mg

18 thoughts on “5-Minute Chipotle Salsa + VIDEO”

  1. 5 stars
    This is a gorgeous salsa! I love chipotle in ANYTHING. My mom does a chipotle salsa that contains an entire can of chipotle in adobo. It’s INTENSE! This one is much more my alley.

  2. 5 stars
    I love sticking a few chipotles in adobo in salsa and also sauces! They add so much flavor and just the right amount of heat! Great 5-minute save when you need a last-minute delicious dish to bring over!


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