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Chili’s Salsa

Making salsa isn’t hard to do. Now you can make your own version of Chilis Salsa at home.You can make salsa just like Chili’s with our recipe. Canned tomatoes and canned green chiles make preparing this salsa easy. A couple of hours of chilling will help blend and enrich the flavors.
Chili's Salsa

Chillis Salsa

Chilis salsa is so easy to make. You never have to worry about being without a jar of salsa again, because you will always be able to whip up a batch of homemade salsa that tastes great. You can also customize this recipe to your personal liking if you want more garlic, you can add more garlic. What I also love about this recipe is that by using canned ingredients you can have this salsa any time of year. So why not whip up a batch of this great tasting Chilis salsa today?

Chili's Salsa

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  • Recipe Type: Salsa, copy cat recipe, Chili's copy cat recipe
  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 10 minutes
  • Serves: 8
Chili's Salsa

You can make fresh salsa in moments, and it will taste just like Chili's restaurant.


  • 4 teaspoons canned diced jalapeño chiles
  • 1/4 cup diced yellow onion
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes with green chiles
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes with juice
  • 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar


Place the jalapeños and onions in a food processor. Process for just a few seconds. Add both cans of tomatoes, the garlic salt, cumin, and sugar. Process until everything is well blended, but do not puree. Place in a container, cover, and chill well before serving.

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  • Richard Wetzel

    To those asking about it (I know it says it was a few years ago) you absolutely can prepare this and can it for later use. I usually make enough to can about 7-8 pints of it. The only thing I would recommend is adding more jalapenos, as it seems to require more to maintain the same spice level as it has when prepared according to the recipe.

    • Stephanie Manley

      Good to know. I should develop a recipe that you can put up and preserve! It’s on my list.

  • Traci-Ann

    I just made this recipe with 2 cans of Rotel (tomatoes/chili’s) since it’s all I had; I added a bit of cilantro and 1 whole jalapeno pepper (de-seeded) and it was pretty spicy for me… A good base recipe, you can add cilantro (my favorite) and even try some roasted tomatoes for a different taste.. :) Thx

    • Stephanie Manley

      Thank you for your suggestions. I will have to try your suggestions next time.

  • Dan

    I make this salsa a lot. I do add cilantro, more jalapeno and more garlic. i do not use the juice from the whole peeled tomatoes. Its always good. Over the years i have tweeked it here and there. Don’t be afraid to experiment.

  • Sarah smith

    I worked for Chili’s for 8 years and the secret to the salsa is a premade pouch of condensed tomato and spices. They mix that with fresh tomatoes and water. That’s all.

  • joe

    have had great success with this recipe everytime, don’t knock it until you try it. maybe I just have the magic touch because I don’t usually measure out the suttle things like cumin and the sugar, and it always comes out perfect.

    • stephaniemanley

      I am glad you enjoy the recipe. I don’t always measure everything either. It comes out pretty good.

  • Salsaman

    I am not a big fan of Chilis salsa, I find it watery and not hot enough. I did make this for my wife who loves Chilis salsa and she thought this recipe was great! My only comment would be to add cilantro and lime juice, otherwise it is good according to the wife.

    • stephaniemanley

      Well I am much relieved that this salsa passed your test. You sound like you know what you are talking about when it comes to salsa.

  • Wendy | Around My Family Table

    Love Chili’s chips and salsa!!! Can’t wait to give this version a try!

    • stephaniemanley

      I think they have some of the best chips and salsa around!

  • Jaren

    Awesome and can’t wait to try it!

    • stephaniemanley

      I hope you give this a try Jaren.

  • Mallory

    Yummmm. So nice and summery!

    • stephaniemanley

      Thank you Mallory.

  • Becca Torsell

    We’re growing peppers and tomatoes in our garden now. We’ll for sure be making this recipe in the summer!

    • stephaniemanley

      This would be a great way to use up peppers and tomatoes.

  • partyon99

    Just found ON THE BORDER Cantina Salsa at SAM’S Club It’s made for thin chips just like Chili’s uses. I think it’s just like Chili’s. I used Tostitos Cantina thin & crispy chips.

    • stephaniemanley

      Those Tostitos Cantina are my favorite ones.

  • Aaron

    I tried this batch for the first time and it was great. I used a little bit to much onion. Other than that I’m very impressed with easy salsa recipe.

    • stephaniemanley

      Sometimes onions can be stronger than other times. I think if you white onions you have a better chance of them not being so strong.

  • Angelica Roldan

    I had a tiny bit of actual Chilis salsa when I decieded to make this. The recipe as is does not come close to the flavor. It just missed something.I added more onion, so I used a whole medium onion. I used 2 fresh jalapeños since all canned ones were pickled. Removed all ribbing & most seeds then diced & roasted them in some foil in toaster oven. The Ro-tel can was only 10oz & the whole toms was 24oz so I used a bit more of the whole. I don’t like cumin but I left it as is. I wish I would have reduced the amount. I added about a total of 1 tablespoon garlic salt & sugar plus some more plain salt & the juice of 2 limes. I chilled it overnight & taste tested it against the chilis salsa. Close but the cumin was quite present in mine & I don’t think the chilis has much, if any. I overdid the onion but I still liked it. The smell did not match at all. Visually, it looked almost identical but i did notice some onion peices with greener lines in theirs. Wonder what is in theirs that I’m missing? Cilantro, more chilis & even avacado chunks can be added to this versatile recipe. It’s difficult to go wrong with it!

  • Name

    Why would anyone want to copy Chili’s hot sauce recipe? It is the worst watered-down hot sauce I have ever eaten. Is it mixed in each store? It is like tomato soup with hot sauce in it – runny, no texture, and really nasty tasting.

    • Stephanie

      Why did you look up the recipe if it was so bad?

    • stephaniemanley

      What I find really fascinating is that you looked up the recipe, or somehow got here. Thanks for your comment though.

  • Miranda

    I just made this and I don’t think it tastes anything like Chili’s. Very disappointed.

  • Priscilla

    You do have to add cliantro and lime juice to get it close to Chili’s salsa.

  • VSanity

    Followed the recipe but mine is too spicy to be Chili’s salsa. Does anyone know what I could do to the recipe to make it less spicy/more like chili’s? Thanks!

  • Jennifer Maxwell

    I’ve made this salsa for years now and it’s requested at every event, party or get together I go to. Sometimes people just ask if I can make it for them. lol I make it just like the recipe except I add a little more garlic salt to mine because I really like garlic. Sometime I just shake a little salt over it (if I’m not adding more garlic salt) and it tastes WONDERFUL. I’m actually eating some right now!!

  • Jayce Peterson

    Ours turned out amazing.

  • Ro

    So Good!!! Very easy & it tastes yummy. Next time will try some of the modifications. Has anyone tried this with fresh ingredients?

  • Freddyg32

    This recipe turned out fantastic. Finally a quick fantastic recipe for salsa. It is as close to the Chiles recipe without actually eating there. We added the lime juice, and fresh cilantro and it was outstanding. We also substituted granulated garlic with some kosher salt since we had no garlic cloves.Thank you for this recipe!!

    • Anonymous

      Thank you for the lovely compliment. This is a great and easy recipe to make. I use this for whenever I want to make a quick salsa.

  • Gypsyviolinist

    Can this recipe be canned?

  • Mwyse

    awesome recipe! Thanks for sharing :)

  • JM

    This recipe is fantastic!! I used a bit more jalapeno though, because I like it spicy :-) I also used fresh jalapenos. I also used 3 fresh garlic cloves, but I also love garlic. And lastly, I did add some lime juice and used a “heaping” 1/2 tsp of cumin. Delicious and taste just like Chili’s!!

  • Marvinshari

    I don’t see an actual recipe on this app. Could someone give the exact list of ingredients and their amounts? Thank you

  • Colleen M.

    Made this last night and I found it way too hot. I am going to try again with only a teaspoon of jalapenos and work up to the degree of hot I like. Good flavor and will make again for sure, although I did not find it to taste like Chillis.

    • Mary Remous

      Jalapenos vary in heat. You may always want to start off with a smaller amount and then work your way up to the level of heat you desire.

  • Salsa

    This tastes nothingggggggggg like chili’s salsa to me!!!! I don’t know if i did something wrong but it tasted really weird, like it had way too many tomatoes or something

    • Anonymous

      I don’t know what happened, as you can see many people have had great results with this recipe. How did you prepare the recipe?

    • Kim

      I bet it was the tomatoes if you dont use a good brand of tomatoes it doesnt taste as good, i have been making this recipe for about 6 years and always turns out great!!!

    • Sherri982

      I started using the Rotel with “cilantro and lime” and it’s closer. A friend of mine used to be a Chili’s manager and said theyuse a lot of cilantro. I bet that’s the trick. I tried adding more cumin as someone suggested, but that didn’t taste as good. I think the lime and cilantro is the secret. I’m sure fresh would be good….but I haven’t gotten that far.

  • Peggy

    This is a good base recipe. I make this all the time with the following changes: white onion (in Mexico, this is all they use according to chef Rick Bayless), 1 garlic clove and 1/2 tsp. of sea salt, a little more cumin, fresh jalapeno, a 1-2 tsps. cilantro, and a couple of squeezes of lime juice. This always gets rave reviews!

    • Stephanie

      I love Rick Bayless, he has such an amazing perspective on cooking.

    • Eileen

      I agree…. I made it with your additions and took it on vacation and it was a major hit!! Thank you Peggy!

    • Roadwargolf

      Can you send your recipe? Can’t find Chili’s salsa recipe ingredients on app. Not a good cook. Need exact.

    • Roadwargolf

      Can you send your recipe? Can’t find Chili’s salsa recipe ingredients on app. Not a good cook. Need exact.

  • Becky

    A very good friend made this and added garlic, fresh cilitro, and a jalopeno.
    Everyone just stood at the table and ate and ate! It was awesome!

  • Kathy

    Make this all the time for my family and friends. Always get asked for the recipe. I don’t like it really hot, so I omit the jalepenos…just as good, if you like it mild. I also add a little extra garlic and cumin.

  • Danny

    Amanda have you canned any? I am new to canning. Any tips. How long do I process it.

  • Amanda

    you can can it if you add vinegar with 5% acidity to it. I would use about a tablespoon of vinegar for every cup of salsa.

  • Dawn

    I cant get jalapenos in Asia, what else can I use to substitute it?

    • girlinvegas

      serrano peppers

  • nurse 4 u

    Everytime we have a family, church, or work function I make a double batch of this salsa. Everyone loves it, I am always asked for the recipe and I enjoy sharing it.

  • cory mann

    This salsa is great! It is now the only salsa I am ever going to eat! However, when I made my first batch, I felt like it was missing something, so on the second batch I added about a 1/4 tsp more cumin and it made all the difference in the world!

  • admin

    I spose you could try this, I would think that it would change the flavor somewhat.

  • Bobbi

    Can you use fresh tomatoes and “can” this?

    • http://Website(optional) Sheila

      Did you find out if this can be canned?

      • Stephanie

        I have not found out if this can be canned. I am certain it could. What I would do is that I would refer to Ball’s canning guide book to make sure you get enough citric acid in there. Most canning recipes give a ratio for this. I would refer you to their guide on canning salsa.

  • Karyn

    tastes exactly like chili’s salsa and super easy to make!

  • Dayna

    I have to admit, this tastes just like the real thing and it’s easy. I make it all the time. Who would have guessed this wasn’t made with fresh tomatos? It’s awesome!!