Saturday, February 12, 2011

Chilis Copycat Salsa Recipe

I have to apologize for the lack of blogging lately. My family and I have been hiding from the Utah snow in sunny California. We did nothing but sit by the pool, soak up the sun and eat to our hearts content. Vacationing with my sisters and my extended family is scary for the waistline, but such a riot! You have to mentally know that in two weeks you will gain at least 10 lbs. We always do a large Costco run the day we get to California and then buy a car full of food to feed 30 people for 10 days. It is a blast and you would never believe how much food we get for the low prices (we even used Deals to Meals and price matched some items at Walmart in Temecula--it was pretty slick!) For 10 days my family of 7 ate like kings for only $87--fabulous!!

So, among many meals that we prepared, our favorite new recipe we tried was a copycat recipe for Chili's Salsa. It was SO simple to make and really was one of my favorite salsas I have had. Since this week we are focusing on using seasonings in our food storage, this recipe is a great way to use a spice that many people don't use very often, which is cumin. I only started buying this spice a few years ago and it has quickly become a staple in my kitchen. If you have never tried this spice, give it a will love it!

Chili's Copycat Salsa Recipe
2 cans whole tomatoes, drained
1 small can diced or whole jalapenos (not pickled)--about 4-5 jalapenos (or less if you don't like a lot of spice)
1/4 c. yellow onion, cut into quarters (you can also use dried minced onion)
1 t. garlic salt
1/2-1 t. salt
1 t. cumin
1/2 t. sugar
1 t. lime juice

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

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Heidi said...

Oooh, can't wait to try it! We love Chili's salsa!

P.S. Give us a breakdown of your menu while in California. Really curious :).

~*Wende*~ said...

Thanks for sharing another great recipe! I LOVE you blog and have selected it as one of my favorites to recieve the Stylish Blogger award...

Krista said...

Hey, thanks for the award :)

Our menu..where do I begin? We all figure out our menu before we go on our trip and assign one dinner for each family to be in charge of. We then bring all of the needed food storage ingredients from home for our assigned meal so that all we have to buy in CA is meat and produce. Our 7 meals were Sticky Coconut Chicken w/ Rice, Creamy Bolognese with French Bread & Salad, Chinese Feast (Chicken Chow Mein, Sweet & Sour Chicken, Homemade Potstickers), Hamburger & Hot Dog BBQ, Pork Street Tacos (I will be blogging about these--YUM!), BBQ Chicken, & Pork Chimichangas. Our favorite desserts were Famous Daves Bread Pudding, Homemade Caramel Smore Bars, Chocolate Chips Cookies, and smoothies by the pool nearly every day.

Now you know why we gain 10 lbs.!! Good times :)

Toni Tralala said...

YUMMY! :) I have a copycat recipe of their molten lava cake! <3

Can you mimic their guacomole recipe? I've been to nicer places but I always find myself coming back to Chilis because of their guacamole! :)

Amanda said...

I have only had Chili's salsa a couple times but it was really yummy. I think Costco's Kirkland Organic salsa is similar.

Anonymous said...

HI I found you blog through pinterest website and I am curious on what size cans of tomatoes you used for the salsa?

Shandra said...

14-15 oz. cans ;)

Amy said...

For your dry spices, are those "t." meant to be tsp or tbsp?

I'm looking forward to trying this recipe!

Rachel said...

A lowercase t is a teaspoon and uppercase T is tablespoon :)

Stephanie Begg said...

My husband is obsessed with Chili's salsa. But theirs has some cilantro in it. I Hate Cilantro, but added about 1/2 a Tablespoon into the mix it is dead on! Thanks for posting, I shall never buy salsa again!

Do you have any storage idea as to how long it keeps and if it can freeze?


Tutuland said...

Love this recipe! Found you on pinterest last year and have been making this salsa ever since. I just linked your blog to my blog recipe. Sharing the love.


Shandra said...


It should store a couple of weeks in the fridge and up to a year in the freezer. I have never pressure canned this salsa, so I would freeze it if I were you.

Yes, I forgot this doesn't have cilantro in the recipe. That is one change I have made when I make it now. I also love cilantro. Who can eat salsa without cilantro ;)

I seem to also need a little more heat in this salsa (my taste buds must be changing). I always add a few more jalapenos or cayenne pepper to kick it up a notch.

Glad you love this salsa as much as we do! It is addicting!! Thanks for all of your comments ;)

Tiff said...

I cold packed canned this last year and finished up our last bottle last week. It still tasted fresh

Shandra said...

That is awesome! I will have to try and can it too. Thanks for the comment ;)

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