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Copycat Chili’s Salsa

Adapted from CopyKat Recipes.

Copycat Chili's Salsa ~ Insanely EASY salsa recipe that tastes like Chili's salsa from Sumptuous Spoonfuls

I fell in love with Chili’s Salsa by way of a school fundraiser. One of my friends at work was selling these discount cards to raise money for her son’s team. I bought one, expecting I would never use it. But on that card there is a free chips n salsa offer at Chili’s. It’s not like we go to Chili’s a lot, but we’ve gone there several times since I bought that card, and every time we go, we get free chips & salsa. We never seem to eat them all, so I have them bag up the chips and put the salsa in a container for me. They sometimes even “top off” the bag of chips and the container of salsa. I LOVE that!

I’ve made many delicious salsas, but I got to wondering: how DO they make their salsa so yummy? I went seeking some copycat recipes and looked at a few and I couldn’t believe how insanely easy it is to make. 5 minutes tops is all it takes to make this … and you might even have all the ingredients in your kitchen right now.

By the way, I did happen to have just a bit of the real authentic Chili’s salsa left (from the restaurant), so I taste tested this vs. the Chili’s salsa and it is very close. I used some of my home canned fire roasted tomatoes, but canned tomatoes from the store would work fine too. I’m quite happy I thought to try making this yummy salsa at home, because now I can make Chili’s salsa with the same taste that I love … but with a LOT more kick, like I like it. You can move it up or down on the heat scale, depending on how you like it.

Copycat Chili’s Salsa

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 1 pint of salsa

Copycat Chili’s Salsa


  • 1 pint of fire roasted tomatoes (or 1 - 14.5 oz. can of tomatoes)
  • 1 - 2 teaspoons chopped jalapeno
  • 1/4 of a medium size sweet onion (about 2 Tablespoons, chopped)
  • 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon sugar


  1. Drain some of the juices from the tomatoes into a bowl. Put the rest of the tomatoes (with juices) in a food processor or handi chopper with the jalapeno, onion, garlic, cumin, salt & sugar. Pulse to combine, then blend till smooth. Adjust the seasonings to your tastes and add back in some of the tomato juices if the salsa is too thick. Add more jalapeno if you want a little more kick.


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Copycat Chili's Salsa ~ Insanely EASY salsa recipe that tastes like Chili's salsa from Sumptuous Spoonfuls

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8 Responses

  1. My husband use to be Executive Chef at a Chili’s location, so we’ve eaten there often. The salsa was one of my favourites too. Thanks for sharing at Simple Supper.

    February 23, 2014 at 9:08 am

  2. Salsa is seriously one of my favorite things, so I’m going to have to try this. Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday!

    February 25, 2014 at 9:38 am

  3. Kelly

    Hey Ann,

    I did a bonehead thing… I got crushed tomatoes instead of the diced. There I go again not reading the label.

    Anyway, I added extra liquid to it; it’s still a bit thicker than the Chili’s salsa but good!

    I didn’t have sugar so I added stevia instead. I paired it with those gluten-free chips I showed you at work (non-gmo too!). A nice, health, gluten-free snack!

    Thanks for the recipe!

    March 14, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    • Ann

      Hi Kelly,

      I would have thought that crushed tomatoes would work just fine … maybe my homemade fire-roasted tomatoes have more liquid in them than the canned ones? I found I had to drain off some of the liquid on mine. If you need some sugar, I can bring you some 😉

      Glad you liked the recipe … hope it turns out better with the diced tomatoes 🙂

      Take care,


      March 17, 2014 at 6:27 pm

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