This Chili’s Copycat Salsa is an easy copycat recipe that you can make right in your own kitchen!
Skip the expensive meal out this week and prepare this salsa for yourself! It’s so simple to make and rivals the classic salsa you might find at restaurants like Chili’s.
Serve it with tortilla chips and one of these dips from our collection of Best Dip Recipes for a full appetizer spread.
Why You’ll Love this Recipe for Homemade Salsa
With staple ingredients like tomatoes, onions, and jalapeño, and the addition of diced habaneros, this copycat salsa is bursting with flavor!
Prep is incredibly simple and easy to clean up, and you’ll save money by making this salsa yourself instead of going out to a restaurant.
Serve this salsa with tortilla chips, spoon it over tacos or in burritos, enjoy as a burger topping, or even eat with eggs for a flavorful breakfast.
Delicious ingredients and perfect results every time mean this salsa is a definite crowd pleaser. Pull this out for your next party, picnic, or game day, and you’ll be the talk of the town!
Copycat Chili’s Salsa Ingredients
- Diced Tomatoes – I like to use one big can, but you can also use two 14.5 oz cans of diced tomatoes if that’s easier to find. You can also use fresh tomatoes if you prefer!
- Rotel – this combination of diced tomatoes and habaneros will give your salsa an extra burst of heat.
- Jalapeño – for some spicy flavor and a distinct bite.
- Onion – a classic salsa ingredient that rounds out the flavors and provides a nice onion-y hint.
- Sugar – a little bit of sugar helps to bring out the natural sweetness of the tomatoes and balances out their acidity.
- Garlic Salt – to balance out the sugar and add some more saltiness.
- Fresh Cilantro – you can use this as a garnish or even add right into the salsa if you like.
- Combine diced tomatoes, Rotel, jalapeño, onion, sugar, garlic and salt in a food processor.
- Process until everything is combined.
- Serve with chips and enjoy.
What are the best chiles to use in salsa?
Chiles are typically used to add some heat to a salsa, and jalapenos and serrano peppers are the most common additions.
Any green chiles will provide the same kick, so you could also use habaneros, pablanos, or chilaca peppers.
What is the best salsa recipe for canning?
If you’re looking for a great recipe for canning your own salsa so it lasts much longer, try this recipe here!
All you need (besides the salsa ingredients) is some mason jars and a water bath canner, and you can easily preserve salsa to eat throughout the year or to give away as a homemade gift.
How long will homemade salsa last?
Your salsa will be good for up to 5 days if kept in the fridge, but unless otherwise preserved it will likely taste the best on the first day.
You can freeze it, but the texture and consistency may change when it thaws.
Should you peel tomatoes for salsa?
This step isn’t necessary, though there are some types of tomatoes with skins that may become tough and bitter when cooked. If you’re using canned tomatoes, there’s no need to worry about this.
For fresh tomatoes, if you’re not sure how the skin might react, you may want to cook one as a test to see if the skin holds up and still tastes fine.
Popular Variations and Substitutions
- For an extra burst of flavor, add some fresh squeezed lime juice and/or lime zest.
- Add actual cloves of garlic to enhance the garlic flavor.
- Ground cumin and chili powder can deepen the taste of your salsa and bring out warmer flavors.
- If you prefer chunkier salsa, you can also hand mix the ingredients. Just make sure any ingredients you’ve chopped by hand are small enough.
- For my onion lovers, feel free to use both red and yellow or white onion for your salsa.
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Chili’s Copycat Salsa Recipe
Chili’s Copycat Salsa
This copycat salsa recipe rivals the salsa served at your favorite restaurant, but it's so easy to make right in your own kitchen!
- 28oz Can Diced Tomatoes
- 10oz Can Rotel
- 1 Jalapeño (diced)
- 1 Small Onion (diced)
- 1/4 Teaspoon Sugar
- 1 Tablespoon Garlic
- 3/4 Teaspoon Salt
- Combine diced tomatoes, Rotel, jalapeño, onion sugar, garlic & salt in a food processor.
- Process until everything is combined.
- Transfer salsa to a serving dish.
- Add ingredients like lime juice, lime zest, cumin, or fresh cilantro for a deeper and more robust flavor.
- If you prefer a less liquidy salsa, mix the ingredients by hand instead of blending in a food processor.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 9Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 146mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 0g