How Spicy is Chipotle Salsa?

By Bill HappySpicyHour • Updated: 04/29/22 • 7 min read
Chipotle Salsa

Chipotle salsa gets its smokey, spicy flavor from smoked chili peppers commonly used in Mexican cooking. Everything goes with it, from meat and chicken to tacos and eggs. Lime juice, Cilantro, and garlic are common ingredients in chipotle salsas, giving them a sour and zesty flavor. So you may come to wonder how spicy is chipotle salsa? This article will discuss everything you need to know about the spiciness of chipotle salsa in detail. 

Chipotle’s red chili salsa is the spiciest with a 15,000 to 30,000 Scoville Heat Unit (SHU) rating. It has Arbol chilis which have high SHU. The other three salsas at chipotle include Tomato Salsa (Mild), Roasted Chili-Corn Salsa (Medium), and Tomatillo Green-Chili Salsa (Medium). 

It’s usually best to be cautious when adding salsas to a dish, no matter how much you believe you love spicy food. Remember that you can always work your way up, but you can’t go backward, and no one wants a taco that’s too spicy to eat. So you’ll never know which salsa is the hottest just by looking at it. It’ll always be difficult to know what ingredients are in a salsa, but it’ll be even more difficult to know what kind of chili they’re using. So, if you want to learn everything about Chipotle Salsa, read further!

Chipotle Salsa

Spice Level Of Different Types Of Salsas At Chipotle

SalsasSpice Level
Chipotle’s Tomato SalsaMild
Roasted Chili-Corn SalsaMedium
Chipotle Tomatillo Green-Chili Salsa Medium
Tomatillo-Red Chili SalsaHot
Chipotles Mildest Salsa

Chipotle’s Mildest Salsa: 

It is a fresh tomato salsa, which is their version of Mexican pico de gallo. It is mild-level salsa.

Main Ingredients

Tomatoes: Probably the most obvious component, yet it’s still crucial.

Red Onion: It has a somewhat milder flavor than yellow onion and provides great color contrast and a lot of crunches.

Cilantro: Cilantro is a popular Mexican herb made from the leaves of the coriander plant, and it’s a vital ingredient in this dish.

Jalapeño: The green chili pepper jalapeno adds crunch and spice to the dish.

Lemon Juice: Gives a bright taste to salsa.

Roasted Chili Corn Salsa

Roasted Chili-Corn Salsa: 

Chipotle Roasted chili-corn Salsa is a sweet salsa with medium spice. This corn salsa is ideal for backyard barbecues because it has no dairy or mayonnaise.

Main Ingredients

Frozen White Sweet Corn: Chipotle utilizes frozen white sweet corn instead of yellow corn in its salsa, although there is no discernible difference in flavor.

Poblano Peppers: They are mild (only slightly spicier than a bell pepper!) Mexican chili peppers are roasted and then peeled for maximum taste.

Jalapeño Peppers: According to the official Chipotle website, jalapeno peppers are used in their corn salsa, although their version is not hot.

Cilantro:  Infuse the salsa with a burst of flavor!

Red Onion: Gives the salsa a somewhat spicy bite.

Lime and Lemon Juice: It gives the salsa a bright, fresh, and zesty taste.

Chipotle Tomatillo Green-Chili Salsa 

Green-Chili Salsa is a smokey, mildly spicy salsa with fresh cilantro and citrus overtones. It’s a little spicy. When you prepare it at home, you may make it as hot or mild as possible.

Main Ingredients

Tomatillos: It is the main ingredient. They are typically roasted to reduce sourness.

Tomato: One Roma tomato adds a splash of color, and roasting it enhances the salsa flavor.

Jalapeño: Makes the salsa spicy.

Onion: A raw red onion adds color, texture, and a lot of taste to a dish.

Garlic: Adding raw garlic to a dish offers a pleasant depth of flavor.

Tomatillo
Tomatillo

Tomatillo-Red Chili Salsa: 

Chipotle’s red chili salsa is the spiciest salsa on the list. This red tomatillo and red chili salsa are not for those with a weak stomach!

Main Ingredients

Tomatillo: These small, green (or yellow, or purple) Mexican husk tomatoes are a little tart. They’re nightshade, so keep that in mind if you or anyone in your dining group has a nightshade allergy or intolerance.

New Mexican Chilies: They’re famous for the brilliant red color of this salsa.

Tabasco: Tabasco adds a sweet and spicy layer to your tomatillo red chili salsa.

Garlic and Cumin: These two add extra spice to the dish. They are essential for enhancing the flavor of the salsa.

Lime Zest and Juice: It’s used in salsa to add concentrated acidic citrus taste.

Red Salsa Vs. Green Salsa

Red Salsa vs Green Salsa

The only difference between red and green salsas, other than color, is that red salsas are often produced using ripe chiles and tomatoes, while green salsas are created with less mature chilies. The more complex variances are peppers such as red and green bell peppers, which have distinct flavors despite being essentially identical.

The red bell peppers have been left to ripen longer for a sweeter flavor, but the green bell peppers have been selected earlier for a more bitter flavor. The mature chiles are used in red salsa, whereas the less ripe chilies are used in green salsa.

Aside from the chile’s maturity, red and green salsa has a few other characteristics. Whereas some red salsas, but not all, utilize tomatoes to enhance color, green salsas frequently use tomatillos. Green chiles such as jalapenos and serranos, which are commonly used in green salsas, have been found to appear in red salsas.

A strong herbal flavor, Cilantro is frequently used in green and red salsas. Red salsas are normally served somewhat cold, while green salsas can be either chilled or warm. Another distinction to keep in mind is that red salsas are often spicier or hotter than green salsas, though there are exceptions.

What Makes Tomatillo-Red Chili Salsa So Good?

Chipotle Hot Salsa is the spiciest Salsa at Chipotle. A tomatillo and red chile salsa inspired by Chipotle’s popular version adds a kick to burritos, tacos, and salads. Instead of being thick and chunky, tomatillo red chili salsa is thin and liquidy. It’s great with chips, but it’s also great on tacos, burrito bowls, nachos, and Mexican salads.

It’s extremely simple to create! There’s no cooking involved except for roasting the tomatillos in the oven; simply combine all of the salsa ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth!

The depth and complexity of this salsa are greatly enhanced by roasting the tomatillos. You can simply double or triple the salsa recipe to last the entire week! Any leftover salsa can be stored in the refrigerator for 7 days. It can also be frozen for up to 3 months in an airtight container.

FAQs:

How Many Calories Are In Chipotle’s Tomatillo Green Chili Salsa?

According to Chipotle’s website, one serving has 15 calories, 4 g of carbohydrate, and 2 g of sugar.

Is It Possible To Freeze Chipotle Hot Sauce?

Yes, the sauce freezes quite well! Transfer the tomatillo red chili salsa to zip-top freezer bags to save space in your freezer. Lay the bags flat to freeze after closing them completely.

Conclusion

Chipotle Hot Salsa is the spiciest Salsa at Chipotle. A tomatillo and red chile salsa inspired by Chipotle’s popular version adds a kick to burritos, tacos, and salads. It has Arbol chilis which have a Scoville Heat Unit (SHU) rating of 15,000 to 30,000. Have you tried any of the Chiptole’s Salsas mentioned above? Let us know in the comment section. Hopefully, with the help of our article, you now have in-depth knowledge of Chipotle Salsa.

Bill HappySpicyHour

I am Bill, I am the Owner of HappySpicyHour, a website devoted to spicy food lovers like me. Ramen and Som-tum (Papaya Salad) are two of my favorite spicy dishes. Spicy food is more than a passion for me - it's my life! For more information about this site Click

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