Copycat Chili’s Salsa

Jon and I love going to Chili’s. The food is good, yes. However, one of our favorite reasons for going is definitely for the chips and salsa. Delicious!

As much as we enjoy going to Chili’s, it is not always feasible to go out for dinner, nor do we always feel like it (I much prefer to stay in for dinner…I spend way too much time away from home when I’m working so I like to spend as much time at home as I can, at least that’s reasonable [I’m no recluse]). So, I found a solution: I found a recipe for one of our favorite dishes at that restaurant. And it’s a pretty close mimic for the restaurant’s version. An additional bonus is that it is really easy to make. (And I love easy recipes. Makes my life easier.)


Here’s what you need:

  • 2-14.5 ounce cans of whole tomatoes, drained
  • 1-4 ounce can of diced or whole jalapenos (not picked), about 4-5 jalapenos
  • 1/4 cup yellow onion, cut into quarters
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of lime juice

How you make it (pretty simple actually):

  • Place all ingredients into a food processor or blender and puree until smooth.
  • Serve with tortilla chips.

As I was making it, I slowly added in jalapenos as to not make it too spicy so I can still eat it (I hate spice but can handle a fair amount in my salsa). I bought the diced jalapenos, added 3 or 4 slices in the first mix and tasted it before adding more. You can always add more…but you can’t take them back out. Just remember that. Also, after I blended it all together, I let it sit in the fridge for a while (after assuring it was the right mixture, of course) and it was even better.