Fresh Tomato Salsa Chipotle {Copycat}

This delicious fresh tomato salsa Chipotle copycat recipe is so easy to make and only takes a handful of ingredients. Fresh vine ripe tomatoes, onions, cilantro, jalapeños, lemon and lime juice, and salt. That’s it!

A white bowl with blue trim filled with tomato salsa.

Salsa is one of my favorite sides to almost any meal. Here in Texas, salsa is almost a universal side. There are so many kinds, and they go so well with so many foods. One salsa that I truly adore is the fresh tomato salsa at Chipotle. I could eat that stuff by the tub I so I decided to make my own copycat version of their delicious salsa, and I’m so glad I did. After a few delicious attempts that helped me really dial things in, I’ve created a copycat salsa that taste delicious and tastes as close to the Chipotle version as you can get without having the real recipe. It’s DEE-licious.

Chipotle Fresh Tomato Salsa

This copycat salsa has everything we love about the Chipotle original. Fresh tomatoes, red onions, jalapenos, white onions, cilantro, lemon juice, and lime juice come together to create a light, chunky salsa that is so fresh and so packed with flavor. It’s also absolutely delicious! It’s perfect for Taco Tuesday and as a side to almost any chicken, beef, pork, or fish dish. My rule of thumb with this salsa is that it goes with everything. So far, I haven’t been proven wrong.

Fresh Tomato Salsa in a white bowl that has blue trim.

Why You’ll Love This Copycat Chipotle Fresh Tomato Salsa

  • It only takes a handful of ingredients.
  • It’s super easy to make. You only need to do a little dicing!
  • You don’t have to go to Chipotle to enjoy their delicious salsa.
  • Everyone LOVES this salsa recipe!

Tips and Variations

This is a super easy recipe to make, but I do have some tips to help make sure your salsa is the best it can possibly be. I also have some variations here so you can switch things up if you like.


  • Use a very sharp knife to make dicing easier. Dull knives just smash the vegetables rather than cutting them into small pieces.
  • NEVER touch your face when working with hot peppers.
  • Always wash your hands after handling hot peppers.


  • For hotter salsa, try adding poblano, chipotle peppers, or habanero peppers.
  • Add diced garlic for even more flavor.
  • If you’re limiting your sodium intake, simply omit the salt.
Chopped up tomatoes, jalapenos, onion, and cilantro in a white bowl with blue trim.

What to Serve with Fresh Tomato Salsa

The beauty of this delicious salsa is that you can serve it with almost anything. Some great ideas include:

  • ANY Mexican or Tex-Mex dish.
  • Steak
  • Chicken
  • Pork chops
  • Fish
  • Shellfish
  • Tortilla chips

Chipotle Fresh Tomato Salsa Recipe FAQ

If you have questions about this easy salsa recipe, then read on. The following FAQ answers the most commonly asked questions about salsa.

Where does salsa come from?

Salsa can be traced back to the ancient Aztecs, Incans, and Mayans. They created their own versions of salsa using tomatoes, chilies, and squash seeds. It was introduced to the rest of the world when Spaniards conquered Mexico in the 1500s and discovered the dish.

What is Chipotle fresh tomato salsa made of?

The dish is Chipotle’s take on Pico de Gallo, consisting of fresh tomatoes, onions, jalapeno, cilantro, lemon and lime juice, and salt.

Is Chipotle salsa spicy?

It has a little heat, but it’s relatively mild, with diced jalapenos being the only pepper variety in it.

Are salsa and Pico de Gallo the same?

Yes and no. They both use basically the same ingredients. The real difference is in the texture. Pico de Gallo consists of chopped vegetables and very little liquid. Meanwhile, salsa uses the same ingredients but has much more liquid. It can range from chunky to pureed.

Is Chipotle fresh tomato salsa really salsa?

Not really. More accurately, it’s Pico de Gallo.

A close up of a tortilla corn chip loaded with tomato salsa on it.

How to Store Leftover Fresh Tomato Salsa

Store leftover salsa in a glass container with a tight-fitting lid like a mason jar. Never use plastic containers because they can absorb the flavor. The salsa will last for up to a week in the fridge.

Copycat Chipotle Fresh Tomato Salsa Ingredients

It only takes a handful of simple ingredients to make this delicious salsa. You’ll find them all easily in your local grocery store.

  • Vine ripe tomatoes
  • Red onion
  • Jalapeños
  • White onion
  • Cilantro
  • Lime juice
  • Lemon juice
  • Salt
A close up of the ingredients in fresh tomato salsa.

How to Make Chipotle Fresh Tomato Salsa

Making this delicious salsa is even easier than gathering up the ingredients. It only takes two steps! How simple is that?

Step 1: Dice the Vegetables

Using a sharp knife, dice all of the vegetables and chop the cilantro.

Step 2: Make the Salsa

Add all the ingredients to a medium bowl and stir until combined. Transfer to a glass container with a tight-fitting lid and store for up to a week in the refrigerator.

A double collage photo of tomato salsa in a white bowl with blue trim.

Try This Easy Chipotle Salsa Recipe Today

This copycat Chipotle fresh tomato salsa is so good and so easy! It’s loaded with all the flavors we love in the original, and making it is a breeze. The only actual work involved is a little dicing and some mixing. That’s all there is to it! Whip up a batch of this salsa and serve it with everything from steaks to tortilla chips. I know that once you try it you’ll find yourself making it again and again.

A three collage photo of homemade salsa.

More Delicious Mexican Food Recipes You’ll Enjoy

Spanish Rice – A delicious, quick, and easy side dish recipe that is perfect to serve with your favorite Mexican meal.

Air Fryer Mexican Street Corn – A classic Mexican dish that is easily made in the air fryer.

Southwest Corn Salsa – This is a delicious salsa to add to your favorite Mexican or Southwestern dish, loaded with corn, red onions, jalapeños, and cilantro.

Also, try this Homemade Guacamole from Deliciously Seasoned. It’s made with fresh avocados, red onion, cilantro, jalapeños, and the perfect blend of seasonings. 

Chipotle Fresh Tomato Salsa

This delicious tomato salsa recipe uses the freshesst ingredients, is super easy to make and is a Chipotle copycat fresh tomato salsa recipe.

Prep Time 15 mins

Cook Time 0 mins

Total Time 15 mins

Course Appetizer, Side Dish

Cuisine Mexican

Servings 4 Servings

Calories 39 kcal


  • 3-4 vine ripe tomatoes chopped
  • ½ cup red onion diced
  • ½ cup white onion diced
  • ½ cup jalapenos diced
  • ½ cup cilantro chopped
  • 2 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon salt


  • In a medium bowl, add all ingredients, stir.

  • Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge until ready to serve.


Nutritional values are approximate.


Please note that these values can change with different brands and any modifications made to the recipe. For the most accurate information, use a nutritional calculator with the exact brands and measurements.


Calories: 39kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 298mgPotassium: 328mgFiber: 2gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 1029IUVitamin C: 33mgCalcium: 23mgIron: 1mg

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Enjoy, Terri

White bowl with blue trim filled with tomato salsa.
A close up of a tortilla chip filled with tomato salsa.

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