Chili’s Copycat SalsaPosted by TheCraftyCollab on Jun 29, 2012 in Main Dishes, Recipes, Snacks & Hors d'oeuvres | 1 comment
Six Sisters’ Stuff tempt us with a recipe for Chili’s Copycat Salsa!
Our mouths were watering just thinking about this delicious snack!
Please click here to visit Six Sisters’ Stuff and see the recipe that we followed!
Reviewer #1 – Maren
Mission: I love Chili’s Salsa! These instructions were super easy to follow. I feel confident that even “College Maren” could have handled this recipe! I did refer to the forwarding blog, Six Sisters’ Stuff, for more specific info on the jalapeno situation.
- I wasn’t paying attention to the recipe and did not drain the tomatoes – ooops! I think that this actually made the consistency looser though, which is what I was hoping for. For my jalapenos, I used a full [4 oz] can of Ortega Japapenos, lightly drained.
- The lime juice that I added was frozen ahead of time thanks to a pin that I saw on Pinterest! That trick is great if you like to cook with lime juice, or add it to your drinks! I actually used onion that I had chopped and froze a week or two earlier too. I’m just discovering the miracle of “freezing.”
Tips & Tricks Learned:
The most important lesson learned from this experience, the ingredients absolutely DO NOT FIT into a Cuisinart Mini Prep. I was too lazy to get out my full sized Cuisinart, and that was clearly the incorrect choice.
After my salsa explosion, I scooped out [and off the counter] half of the overflowing salsa and continued in half batches until I got a smooth, pureed consistency. I then reflected upon how things would have gone differently had I just gotten out the G. D. Cuisinart.
SUPER Easy and delicious! Had some serious kick, but wasn’t too hot. Works well in recipes and on it’s own.
Requires a blender or food processor, both of which are heavy and in hard-to-get-at locations in my kitchen and therefore never get used.
This salsa was ridiculously easy to make! I fed it to my salsa-loving husband and he said, “It tastes like chili. It’s good.” Translation, “I taste the cumin. I like it.”
Don’t be scared by his comment! We partake in a chili cook-off with our college friends each fall. In an overly competitive panic to submit the BEST chili, it is not uncommon for me to make several different kinds in the month preceding the event and feed them to my husband until he can hardly stand hearing the word “chili.” Therefore, as we approach our fourth year, my husband has eaten more cumin…I mean chili, than the average Joe. I didn’t think that it was overly cumin-y at all.
Since it’s just my honey and me in our home, I froze half of the salsa for another day! Thawed it out and used it to make some chicken – it was great! I also like knowing that there isn’t any weird shit in it that I don’t know about. Love this salsa!
Reviewer #2 – Sheri
Mission: I’ve spent many wonderful evenings catching up with girlfriends over a bowl of chips, Chili’s Salsa, and iced-cold Coronas. Now we all have kids and our get togethers are rare occasions. How great would it be to invite the girls over for some Copycat Chili’s salsa and chat time?
I referred to the Six Sisters’ Stuff blog for a copycat recipe, and it looked surprisingly easy.
I was at first a little saddened that there would be very limited chopping or dicing, and no fresh ingredients, but then again the recipe was SUPER easy and I had an entire batch of salsa done and to the table in five minutes. You literally just put the ingredients into a blender or food processor and press the button. It’s ridiculously simple.
I chose to use the blender because my food processor is too small. I tossed in the whole tomatoes, canned jalapenos, and onion. I added the salt, sugar, cumin, and lime juice then just hit the button briefly. DONE.
Tips & Tricks Learned:
1.) Wash your hands immediately after touching jalapenos. Do. Not. Touch. Your. Eyes!
2.) A blender might not be the right choice. Complete puree. You would have thought I used tomato sauce instead of whole tomatoes.
This can be put together so fast! So, so fast. You can have this all done and cleaned up in a matter of ten minutes. The flavor is pretty darn close to Chili’s salsa.
It is definitely on the soupy puree side, and I prefer a chunky salsa. I don’t recall Chili’s salsa being so soup like.
If you can use a can-opener and press a button YOU can make this salsa. I personally thought there was a little more cumin than I remember Chili’s salsa tasting like. I would adjust that a bit next time. I also don’t remember Chili’s salsa being so soupy, but that was most likely my mistake for using the blender. I’ll just have to add some ice and vodka and have a spicy bloody mary instead.