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Easy Smoky Chipotle Salsa

This Easy Smoky Chipotle Salsa incorporates the smokiness of chipotle peppers with a touch of sweetness from fresh tomatoes for a nice spicy salsa that goes perfectly with so many dishes.
Cuisine Mexican
Total Time 15 minutes
Author Gemma from Everyday Latina


  • 2 medium Roma tomatoes
  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 2 tsp adobo sauce from the chipotle peppers
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt (plus more to taste)
  • 4 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp olive oil


  • Boiling the whole Roma tomatoes in water until soft, test with a fork.
  • Add the whole cooked tomatoes to a blender or food processor along with the chipotle peppers, the 2 teaspoons of the adobo sauce, garlic powder, salt and water.
  • Blend everything together until smooth.
  • In a small saucepan, heat the oil on medium-low heat. When hot, carefully pour the sauce in the pan. Let the sauce come to a simmer for about 2-3 minutes.
  • Taste for seasoning and adjust salt as needed.
  • Store any leftovers in the refrigerator in an air-tight container. This salsa is good for about 3-5 days. Best served warm, see blog post for reheating tips.


Adjusting the Recipe

  • To Increase the Amount of Salsa Without Sacrificing Flavor: The original recipe I have provided has equal proportions of the main ingredients for the best flavor. So if you want to increase the amount of salsa and keep the flavor consistent, follow this rule.
      • For every 1 tomato, use 1 chipotle pepper, 1 teaspoon of  adobo sauce and 2 tablespoons of water. Adjust the salt and garlic powder accordingly.
  • For a Spicier Salsa: Use 2 tomatoes and increase the chipotles to 3 or 4.
  • For a Mild Salsa: Use 2 tomatoes and only 1 chipotle or half of a chipotle with more of the adobo sauce.