Copycat Recipe: Chipotle’s Corn Salsa and Mild Salsa

We’ve been building Chipotle’s Burrito Bowl from the rice up.  So far we’ve covered Cilantro-Lime Rice, Vegetarian Black Beans and Adobo Marinated Chicken.  Next time we’re going to put it all together (with a few cooking tips to keep it easy), but first we’ve got some salsas to make!

Chipotle’s Corn Salsa Ingredients

  • 16 oz frozen corn, thawed and drained
  • 1/4 cup red onion, diced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeds removed and diced
  • 1/3-1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp. salt

Cooking Directions

Stir all the ingredients together. Scoop on chips or use to top tacos, burritos or in burrito bowls.


Chipotle’s Mild Salsa Ingredients

  • 5 Roma tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1/4 cup red onion, diced
  • 1/4 tsp. salt

Cooking Directions

Stir all the ingredients together.  Scoop with chips or use as a topping on any Mexican meal.

Restaurant Cost Comparison

Chipotle’s Corn Salsa and Mild Salsa are both simple to fix and making them at home will save you a lot of money.  In the restaurant, you can expect to pay 80 cents per serving.  For 6 servings that’s $4.80, just for salsa!

The cost for making them at home is about $1.50 or less for 6-8 servings.  Both salsas ring up at around the same price.  The cost savings by making it at home will be the difference of buying  several bags of chips!

Tiffany King writes the blog, Eat at Home. She shares easy recipes as well as printable menus with complete grocery lists. There are over two years’ worth of menus available for free. She focuses on common and frugal ingredients to make meals that are family friendly and quick to fix. Tiffany is also the author of Feast in 15, an eBook of 15 minute meals.

by Savings Lifestyle: Tiffany on April 04, 2012


  • Patti Keil - April 07, 2012 @ 9:11 am

    Bless your heart! You have made my day by sharing these recipes. We LOVE Chipotle at our house and I have been trying to come up with recipes to make something similar at home. This will help immensely! Thank you so much.

  • Amanda - April 10, 2012 @ 8:00 am

    There is also cilantro in the mild salsa. :)

  • SK - April 11, 2012 @ 9:17 am

    Made the above recepies and prepared whole wheat burritos. it was AMAZING!!! I also added some guacamole. Also used greek yogurt instead of sour cream. YUM, yum, yum!!!!!

  • Tracy - May 10, 2012 @ 2:56 pm

    Both recipes are missing ingredients…

    I worked at Chipotle for over a year.

    The Mild Salsa has diced tomatoes, diced red onions, cilantro, salt, and lemon/lime juice. It doesn’t have garlic.

    The Corn salsa is missing the diced poblano peppers as well as the lemon/lime juice.

  • Dee - June 18, 2012 @ 12:54 am

    I wanted to say thanks for these recipes! I made them the other night (corn salsa, mild salsa, chicken, and black beans) and they were amazing! Even if they aren’t exactly the same as Chipotle, they sure taste close enough. And I didn’t even use all of the ingredients listed and they were still great! Thanks, again!

  • Kate - January 26, 2013 @ 11:34 am

    Any ideas on how the make the green salsa they have at chipotle?

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