Chipotle Salsa (fresh or canned)

Jessica Penner, RDDip & Spread, Recipes3 Comments

chipotle salsa

I’ve found the secret to a happy, successful marriage:

Chipotle peppers.

You heard me right, folks. Get your hands on some of these bad boys. They will help you weather the storms of life. They’re essential to a good marriage.

Or is that just mine? My husband adores chipotles,  and I don’t blame him; they are incredibly tasty. I love how they add a sweet, smoky, kick.

He’s happy. I’m happy. We’re all happy.  Unless…

I can no longer find the chipotle peppers at my grocery store. Then I’m not happy. I’m not happy when I spend half an hour combing the aisles up and down and down and up, without chipotle-pepper-finding success.

Good thing I live in a multi-ethnic community that has the cutest little latin american corner store. The pursuit of chipotle peppers is a great reason to tie on your new running shoes and take the baby for a run in the stroller.

Marriage saved.

chipotle peppers in adobo sauce

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Chipotle Salsa

  • Author: Jessica Penner


A slightly spicy smoky salsa


For canning

  • 6 lbs tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 large red onion, chopped
  • 8-10 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 jalapeño, finely chopped
  • 3 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, finely chopped
  • 1 cup vinegar
  • 1 tbsp pickling salt

For fresh

  • 2 lbs tomatoes, chopped
  • ⅓ large red onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 jalapeño, finely chopped
  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • (optional) handful of fresh cilantro


  1. Combine all ingredients.

For fresh salsa

  1. Allow the flavours to marinate in the fridge for at least 1/2 an hour.

For canned salsa

  1. Bring the salsa to a boil in a large pot.
  2. Pour into sterilized canning jars. Leave 1.5 cm (just under 1/2 inch) head space. Place new canning lids on top and tighten the rings until fingertip tight (don’t wrench on it to tighten, you want it just nice and snug).
  3. Immerse jars in boiling water in canner. Boil for 20 minutes, ensuring the jars are covered at all times.
  4. Remove from water and allow to cool on a cutting board.
  5. Check for proper seals after 24 hours.
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3 Comments on “Chipotle Salsa (fresh or canned)”

    1. Thanks Lucia!
      If you’re canning, then the important thing to look for is a salt that doesn’t contain added iodine. Most kosher salt would fit this description.. just check your package!

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