Ally's Sweet & Savory Eats: 'Copy Cat' Chili's Salsa

Friday, August 3, 2012

'Copy Cat' Chili's Salsa

Remember the 4,307 tomatoes I am getting from my two tomato plants?  Well, I am trying to use them up the best that I can.  So far it has come in BLTs, this salsa and homemade spaghetti sauce.  I apologize that you'll be seeing a lot of red in the coming posts.

Blame the tomatoes.

I came across the blog Chef in Training this week, and low and behold she was featuring this salsa.  Crazy!  I just happen to have ump-teen tomatoes sitting on my kitchen counter and my husband and I often go to Chili's.  There is one fairly close and we always, always, always order their chips and salsa as an appetizer.

Because it is good, with unlimited refills and only $2.95.

We're cheap, what can I say.

This salsa literally takes 5 minutes to put together.  I changed a few things, but kept most of the recipe the same.  I took a bowl of it to work and it was devoured.  I've eaten it for lunch two days in a row.

Need anymore reasons to make it?

Oh...and the bowl it is served in?  I got that at an estate sale on my lunch hour yesterday.  Random.

'Copy Cat' Chili's Salsa
3 large fresh tomatoes
1 32 oz. can whole peeled tomatoes (or canned)
1/2 of an onion
1 4 oz. can diced jalapenos (or two fresh)
2 cloves of garlic
1 t. salt
1 t. cumin
1 t. sugar
juice of one lime
handful of fresh cilantro

Place all in a blender and combine until smooth.  Serve with tortilla chips.


  1. Jessica_AKitchenAddictionAugust 3, 2012 at 1:39 PM

    We go through a ton of salsa at my house! I definitely need to try this!

  2. Megan SchimmelpfennigAugust 3, 2012 at 4:49 PM

    I'm going to make this! We love Chili's chips/salsa too :) Did you peel your fresh tomatoes or just throw them in the blender as is?

  3. Megan, I just threw them in the blender as's so easy! In fact, I'm going to make another batch tonight:)

  4. Jolene ( 3, 2012 at 7:16 PM

    Cilantro? This salsa must be good!!

  5. Lucky you! I have 3 tomato plants and have only wrangled up 6 total tomatoes! The weather really screwed us - but hey, this is our 3rd year gardening and the ONLY year we've ever been able to successfully grow tomatoes - so I'll take it! Gonna have to whip up this salsa soon =)