Fresh Tomato Salsa (Chipotle Copycat)
Inspired by Chipotle, this fresh tomato salsa recipe combines just a few simple ingredients for a quick appetizer or sauce that’s perfect for dipping or topping tacos or burrito bowls. It comes together in a matter of minutes in just one bowl, so it’s easy enough for a weeknight!
About this Fresh Tomato Salsa Chipotle Recipe
Is there anything better than digging into a delicious burrito bowl decked out with all your favorite toppings?
Aside from ordering extra guacamole, my must-have topping at Chipotle is definitely their chunky salsa fresca – it’s so bright, flavorful and you just can’t beat the punch of color from all those veggies & herbs!
This copycat chipotle honey vinaigrette was such a hit that I knew I knew I had to find a way to make my own version of their salsa too to share with you.
According to the Chipotle website, the ingredients for their fresh tomato salsa recipe include cilantro, jalapeno, lemon juice, lime juice, salt and tomato.
In order to get closer to the Chipotle version, I recommend following the exact measurements recipe below.
However, you can also feel free to make this your own based on your personal taste preferences.
Don’t like cilantro? Leave it out. Want it spicier? Add more jalapeno!
Once you have this base recipe to use as a guide, you can customize it any way you like to make your ultimate fresh tomato salsa at home!
Process & Tips
For this salsa, everything comes together in just one bowl with no cooking required.
Simply chop up your fresh ingredients and toss them together.
It’s already tasty when enjoyed immediately, but if you’ve got the patience (and the time) the flavors are extra good after they sit and marinate for 1-2 hours!
This tiny bit of extra time gives the citrus a chance to really infuse into all the fresh cut veggies & herbs, without any extra hands-on effort required.
What to Serve with this Chipotle Fresh Tomato Salsa
I love that this salsa is easy enough to whip up on a weeknight for topping tacos, burrito bowls, salads, or to just enjoy as a dip with corn chips.
To get you inspired, here’s a few more of my favorite recipes that pair well with this salsa!
Ingredients & Modifications
Tomatoes: I find that Roma or Campari tomatoes work best for this recipe. You’ll see in the recipe card below that I noted that the seeds are removed – this is the secret to getting a chunky style salsa that isn’t too watered down.
Red onion: I like the color and flavor of red onions best in this recipe, but you could also use white onion or even shallots or green onion in its place.
Cilantro: To me, fresh cilantro is that ingredient that takes a salsa over the top! There’s nothing else quite like it and the fresh herby flavor is so delicious. But if you don’t like the taste of cilantro, feel free to leave it out.
Jalapeno: I appreciate a little heat in a salsa recipe, but if you’re sensitive to heat you could either remove the seeds from the pepper (I find a sharp spoon works great for this) to keep the jalapeno flavor and tone down the spice level. Or simply omit it altogether. Conversely, if you like things a little hotter, you can add even more jalapeno to yours!
Lime juice: Together with the lemon juice, the lime juice adds that bright, fresh and tangy flavor that we all know and love in a good salsa.
Lemon juice: You could use all lime juice or all lemon juice, but I find the combination of the two is particularly delicious.
Kosher salt: Look for kosher salt with the regular iodized salt at the grocery store (it has a subtler flavor). Use less iodized salt if that’s what you have on hand.
How to Store Leftover Fresh Salsa
Store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, covered.
For the best flavor, allow to come to room temperature before serving.
While many of my recipes do freeze well, this is more of a salsa fresca inspired, chunky type of salsa that’s best served fresh – so I do not recommend freezing this recipe.
This Recipe Is…
Fresh Tomato Salsa (Chipotle Copycat)
- 1 pound Roma or Campari tomatoes, seeds removed and diced into ½ inch pieces
- 3 tablespoons ½ inch-diced red onion
- 1 tablespoon finely minced fresh cilantro
- 1 tablespoon finely minced jalapeno
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- Combine all the ingredients in a medium bowl, stirring until well combined. Serve immediately or allow to marinate at room temperature for 1-2 hours for the flavors to combine.