How to Make Amazing Authentic Mexican Chipotle Salsa

So I’m going to share with you a little secret. This secret will change how you view salsa for the rest of your life. Don’t say I didn’t warn you! How to Make Amazing Authentic Mexican Chipotle Salsa

Everyone who loves salsa always asks for the recipe. So I’m finally getting around to dedicating a whole post to share it with you. The only thing I ask is if you share the recipe to link back to this post.

This is a piece of my family heritage I’m sharing with you! This recipe has been passed down a long line of Ochoa women for generations. I tweaked it some but it’s just as amazing as my abuelita’s salsa!

Authentic Mexican Chipotle Salsa


  • 6 medium-large tomatoes
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves (you can use garlic paste)
  • 1 lime (juice)
  • fresh cilantro handful
  • cumin
  • salt to taste
  • chipotle peppers in adobo sauce can or dried chipotle peppers

Place the tomatoes, onions and garlic in a pan or a “comal” and roast them. A comal is like a cast iron flat griddle. If you’re using dried chipotle peppers also add those to the pan. Let everything brown for about 5 minutes and then place everything in a blender. Let them cool in blender. (You can also roast everything in the oven on a baking sheet.)

A word of advice on peppers: Most chipotle peppers vary in their degree of spiciness so one pepper can be mild while another one of the same kind will be extra spicy. For that reason, I always start with just one and then add more at the end if I want it spicier. The more peppers you put in it the hotter it will taste. One chipotle pepper in my opinion makes a mild spicy salsa but remember each pepper varies in it’s spiciness.

Then add in the rest of the ingredients, lime juice, cumin, cilantro, and salt in a bowl.

Then add to the blender. Blend until smooth or if you like it chunky then don’t blend for as long.  Add more salt to taste.

The longer it’s in the blender the smoother it turns out.

As you can see, it’s super simple but don’t skip a step! Each step is very important in making amazing authentic Mexican salsa like mi abuelita.

I can seriously sit down at the table with a bag of chips and eat this as a meal every day! It’s so good!

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