Almost Chili’s Salsa

Do you know how many copycat Chili’s Salsa recipes there are available, with the simple click of a mouse?

Baaaaaazillions!

I’ve tried at least fifty of them. True story. Seriously, Chili’s restaurant has to be laughing at all of us. Can I be bold enough to say, that I think this one is the closest? Heck yes! I think to get closer, you have to sit down at Chili’s.

We still . . . still have tomatoes growing in our garden.  I’ve bottled and bottled our favorite salsa, but I didn’t want the last survivors to go to waste.  The deer are are quickly taking care of the strong ones, hanging on for dear life.  No pun intended.

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Unless you just flat out don’t care for salsa, then you really won’t want to skip making this easy recipe. I’ve kinda tweaked a few recipes, added a bit here and there to make it what I feel is a good Chili’s match. I think we can ALL agree, that to get the real deal . . . you need to go to Chili’s.  After all, unlimited chips & Salsa is a real deal!

All you need is a blender or a food processor, and really, you don’t even need that. You could even use a mixer.

Go one step further and make your own tortilla chips. You can use corn tortillas and simply cut them into triangle shapes with a pizza cutter. Quickly deep fry them until crisp. Drain the chips on a paper towel lined plate and sprinkle with sea salt.  So yummy.

In fact . . . I  dare you to stop eating homemade chips & Almost Chili’s Salsa, before you’re really quite sick and can almost speak a different language!

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I’m using fresh tomatoes today, since I seem to have them in abundance. You can do the same or use canned whole tomatoes or a mixture of both. I quite like a mixture of both to be honest.

My most important NOTES:

  • Keep in mind, that if you use fresh tomatoes, the color will not be quite as bright red.
  • We like to use TRES HERMANAS sliced Jalapeños No heat Mild Jalapeños. Mexican section of the grocery store in a bottle.
  • If I don’t have fresh limes in the fridge, I use: 2 tablespoons of Nellie & Joe’s Famous Key West Lime Juice.
  • Use a sweet Vadalia yellow onion or even red onion for great flavor.
  • My favorite way to make this if you don’t have a lot of fresh tomatoes:  Use 2  14.5oz cans whole tomatoes and then chop up 2 or 3 fresh roma tomatoes and incorporate them as well. Canned tomatoes have a deeper flavor.
  • Make sure that you refrigerate the salsa for a few hours before serving.  All the flavors blend and it’s ever so better.
  • Make extra, then you can freeze in well sealed jars or containers.

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Remember, just because a recipe is a recipe doesn’t mean you need to follow it exactly.  This salsa is what I consider to be mild.  My husband considers it to be medium.  Cut the jalapeños in half if you like. Read my notes, I found no-heat Jalepenos. Love them.  I double the sugar and add a teaspoon white sugar + 1 teaspoon brown sugar. You can adjust to your taste. I love red onion, but my husband prefers Vadalia Sweet onion.  If I have a fresh lime in the fridge, I sometimes add the juice of the entire lime. 1 lime is equivalent to 2 tablespoons of bottled lime juice.

One last note:  Some of you like Cilantro  . . . some don’t. If you don’t like it, don’t add it.

You really can’t mess this up!

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It’s easy to make and although it might not be quite as good as the real deal . . . it’s pretty darn close.

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Almost Chili's Salsa
 
Ingredients
  • 2 - 14.5-oz cans whole tomatoes drained (or equivalent weight in fresh tomatoes)
  • 1 - 4-oz. can diced jalapeños
  • ½ onion chopped (sweet Vadalia or red onion)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 to 1½ teaspoons sea salt (add to your taste)
  • 1½ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon cilantro or use 1 tablespoon freshly chopped cilantro leaves (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon granulated white sugar
  • 1 teaspoons brown sugar
  • juice of half or whole lime (*I add juice of whole lime)
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor, and blend until the consistency your prefer.
  2. Notes:
  3. If you like chunky salsa, very little blending is required!
  4. If you are using canned tomatoes, a couple hand chopped Roma tomatoes are also good mixed in.
  5. Refrigerate for at least one to two hours before serving.
Notes
Keep in mind, that if you use fresh tomatoes, the color will not be quite as bright red.
We like to use TRES HERMANAS sliced Jalapeños No heat Mild Jalapeños. Mexican section of the grocery store in a bottle.
If I don't have fresh limes in the fridge, I use: Nellie & Joe's Famous Key West Lime Juice.
Use a sweet Vadalia yellow onion or even red onion for great flavor.
My favorite is: Use 2 14.5oz cans whole tomatoes and then chop us some fresh tomatoes and incorporate them as well. Canned tomatoes have a deeper flavor.
Make sure that you refrigerate the salsa for a few hours before serving. All the flavors blend and it's ever so better.
Make extra, then you can freeze in well sealed jars or containers.

 

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