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Chipotle Fresh Tomato Salsa (Copycat Recipe)

Want to make Chipotle's popular fresh tomato salsa at home?  This quick and easy copycat recipe will show you how to make this delicious pico de gallo with only seven simple ingredients.  Serve with tortilla chips or put on tacos, burritos, or bowls to upgrade your Taco Tuesday menu!
Prep Time30 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: chipotle, chipotle copycat salsa, copycat recipe, fresh salsa, tomato salsa
Servings: 4 cups
Calories: 22kcal
Author: Emma


  • 1 lb +3 oz ripe tomatoes about 3 cups finely diced
  • ¾ cup red onion finely diced
  • ¾ cup fresh cilantro chopped
  • cup fresh jalapeño finely diced
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice freshly squeezed
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice freshly squeezed
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt


  • Finely dice the tomatoes, onion, and jalapeño, and chop the cilantro.  Squeeze the juice from the lemon and limes using a citrus press or reamer.
  • Stir together the tomatoes, onion, jalapeño, and cilantro until combined.  Add the lemon and lime juices and salt, mix well, then taste.  Add more lime and lemon juice or salt as desired.
  • Cover and chill until ready to serve.  The salsa will taste better if it has a little time to sit, as it allows the salt and citrus juices to pull water from the tomatoes and onion.  However, the longer it sits, the more soggy the salsa becomes, so try to eat it all within 8-12 hours.


  • Make it easier to squeeze the citrus by first rolling the fruits on the counter with the palm of your hand to soften them.  Cut them in half crosswise, then juice with your preferred method.  Limes can be further softened by microwaving them on high for 20-30 seconds after being cut in half.
  • Adjust the spiciness to taste.  If you want to make the salsa mild, don't add any of the seeds and white membranes in the jalapeños; if you want it spicy, add all the seeds and membranes.  You can also increase the amount of jalapeño if you would like.
  • Use a grapefruit spoon to scoop out the seeds and membranes from the jalapeños.  If you have very sensitive skin, wear food-safe gloves when touching the hot peppers.
  • Don't have fresh lemons or limes? Substitute their juice with an equal volume of distilled white vinegar.  While it won't taste the same, it will still bring lots of acidity to the salsa.
  • Add more citrus juice or salt to taste.  The exact taste of the salsa will vary depending upon the flavors of the individual ingredients, and you may need more lemon juice, lime juice, or salt than the recipe dictates.


Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 22kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 226mg | Potassium: 211mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 706IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg