Easy Chipotle Salsa Recipe (Only 5-Ingredients!)

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

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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.

Ingredients needed

  • Canned Tomatoes – I use fire-roasted tomatoes to give this salsa a smoky flavor. However, you can use any canned tomatoes. Or, you can use fresh tomatoes.
  • Canned Chipotle Peppers – Chipotle chiles are smoked jalapenos. They are sold in the Mexican foods aisle of all major grocery stores and are packed in adobo sauce.
  • Sweet Onion – I like to use Vidalia onion or Walla Walla onion. But you can use any yellow onion. White and red onion will give the salsa a bit more bite.
  • Garlic
  • Fresh Cilantro
  • Fresh Lime Juice – You can also swap in a splash of white vinegar.

How to make it

  • Just add all the ingredients to your blender or food processor 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.

Recipe tips

  • This adobo salsa recipe can be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge for up to a week.
  • Pop any leftover chipotles (and their sauce) into a ziploc bag and store it in the freezer. Next time you need one, just thaw the bag under warm running water for a minute, and you’re good to go!
  • If you’re feeling extra ambitious, may I suggest trying your hand at making these Baked Tortilla Chips or Air Fryer Tortilla Chips? 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.
Bowl of chipotle salsa in serving tray with chips and limes.

What to serve with it

More Mexican dip recipes

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

Chipotle Salsa

This 5-Minute Chipotle Salsa comes together easily with the help of your blender. It's a great sauce for tacos or dip for tortilla chips!
5 from 8 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 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

This recipe was originally published in 2015. It was updated in 2019 to add new photographs, and again in 2023 to update the blog content. The salsa with chipotle peppers in adobo sauce recipe remains the same. Enjoy! 

18 thoughts on “Easy Chipotle Salsa Recipe (Only 5-Ingredients!)”

  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!

5 from 8 votes (2 ratings without comment)

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