Chili’s Salsa

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Chili’s Salsa Recipe – do you love the restaurant Chili’s chips and salsa? It is so easy to make at home year round!  Great for taco night, game day or just because!

When my son was younger he loved to go to Chili’s restaurant.  There was something about the chips and salsa that he loved, and we had to order them every time we went! Can’t say I blame him, it was one of my favorites too.  I mean, I could live on chips and salsa. 

And if you add Margaritas to the menu, then I am all in!

Chili's restaurant copycat salsa - so easy to make and a great snack to have on hand.


If you know me, you know I love Tex-Mex and Mexican food of any kind.  It can be quick and easy like Creamy Salsa Chicken or tacos or even Chicken Enchiladas.  I just love the flavors.  And salsa goes right along with pretty much all Mexican food.  If it is not in the recipe, it always goes well on the side.  And there is just something about fresh homemade salsa.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • This Chili’s salsa recipe comes together in the food processor and is ready in just minutes.
  • You start with canned tomatoes, so you can make it any time of year!
  • You can make it mild or spicy, that is completely up to you!

What You’ll Need

  • Canned Whole Tomatoes
  • Onion
  • Jalapeno
  • Garlic Salt
  • Salt
  • Cumin
  • Sugar
  • Lime Juice
Homemade salsa is so easy to make at home. This Chili's copycat salsa is a must make

How to Make Chili’s Salsa

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  1. I like to finely chop my onions and jalapeno before I add them to the food processor.  This just means you have to process it less, and you will get a chunkier salsa.  But if you like your salsa smooth, than you can just cut into chunks when you add it to the food processor.  
  2. Add all of the ingredients into the food processor and pulse until blended but still slightly chunky.  
  3. Taste and then adjust the seasonings as necessary.  If it needs more salt, just stir it in to blend it if you want your salsa to have any chunks.  

I love how simple and easy this homemade salsa is to make.  I am not a huge fan of jarred salsa, but I could eat homemade salsa all day every day, and this is a staple in our fridge for sure! 

Restaurant copycat recipes are always fun to make. This Chili's salsa recipe is super easy and so good

Can You Make This Salsa Spicier

Absolutely. You can definitely add more jalapeno if you like it spicy. You could even use a habanero or other hot pepper if a jalapeno isn’t hot enough. Or if you want it mild, cut back on the jalapeno called for in the recipe.

How to Store Homemade Salsa

Store in the fridge in an air tight container.  The flavors blend together as it sets, so it is best after a few hours or over night.  Chili’s salsa will last in the fridge for about a week. 

If you are a fan of chips and salsa this is a must try recipe.  You can always have a can of tomatoes in the pantry, so you can make this at any time. It is great to bring to parties or make for taco night.  Your family is going to be really impressed when you bring out homemade salsa on a busy weeknight!

close up chili's salsa in a white bowl

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4.46 from 143 votes

Chili’s Salsa

By Erin
Chili's Salsa Recipe – do you love the restaurant Chili's chips and salsa? It is so easy to make at home year round!  Great for taco night, game day or just because!
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Servings: 16


  • 1 28 oz can Whole Tomatoes, drained
  • 1/4 Onion, diced
  • 1 large Jalapeno, diced
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon Cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Lime


  • Combine everything in a food processor. 
  • Process until everything is combined.  
  • Serve with chips



Best after sitting over night
Recipe from Six Sisters Stuff


Serving: 1g | Calories: 11kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 211mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Author: Erin
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Course: Appetizer Recipes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 16
Calories: 11
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  1. Homemade salsa is SOOOO much better. We are going through snacks around here like crazy. They are going to love a big batch of this!