The Best Chipotle Salsa in the World

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I’m going to share a secret that I’ve been saving since 1995.

I moved back to Cleveland in 1994, after having spent the previous 12 years in Washington DC and Miami. I went back to school and got a job waiting tables at Morton’s Steakhouse at Tower City.

A gal that worked there with me brought in this homemade salsa one evening when I was working for the staff to munch on. I still remember that first taste. It was the best freaking salsa I had in my entire life… and I’ve been to a lot of places in Mexico and Latin America over the years. I practically drank it. That night she gave me the recipe and I’ve been making it ever since.

Every time I make it for a party, it’s a hit. It’s not that it’s some colossal secret or anything, but I never really shared it, until now!  Follow my instructions exactly and you will never buy store bought salsa again. It take literally 10 minutes to make it, from opening your pantry to cleaning the food processor.

I show it here with some of my other homemade salsas… but we’ll save those for another post!

You can say “gracias” to me in the comments! (and by the way, it’s 0 WW Points!)

Best Chipotle Salsa Ever!

I've served this recipe since 1995 and it is ALWAYS a huge hit. It's super easy to make and tastes so fresh.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 2 mins
Total Time 12 mins
Course Sauces
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 2 Cups (or more)


  • Food processor or Ninja Chopper (or blender)


  • 1 can Whole tomatoes
  • 1 Dried Chipotle pepper (Softened in warm water)
  • 1 tbsp Whole cumin seeds (Toasted)
  • 1 handful Cilantro
  • 1/4 Purple onion (Small)
  • 3-4 Scallions
  • 1 tsp Salt and Pepper each


  • Place chipotle pepper in coffee mug filled with water and microwave on high for 2 minutes, or until it softens up. Set aside.
  • In a frying pan, toast the cumin seeds until they are fragrant, about 2 minutes. Shake and toss so they do not burn.
  • Add all of the other ingredients to a food processor, and then add the cumin seeds and chipotle pepper. Blend until it becomes a salsa texture, 30 seconds. Make sure the chipotle pepper has blended in.
  • Chill. Will keep for 2-3 days in refrigerator.
Keyword Best Salsa, Chipolte Salsa
Adam LapsevichThe Best Chipotle Salsa in the World

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