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Chipotle Pico De Gallo Salsa Recipe

Long ago we gave up McDonald's, Burger King, and Taco Bell. Now when we want a good meal fast we head to Chipotle Mexican Grill.

Since going gluten-free five years ago, Chipotle has been one of the few restaurants that "get us."

No eye rolling, no "what's gluten?"—just a swift change of serving spoons and gloves and they're off and running to build a satisfying gluten-free/dairy-free meal for my boy.

Thank you Chipotle!

Last week Chipotle had a booth at the Larimer County Farmers' Market in Downtown Fort Collins, Colorado and they were giving away—yes, giving away—their salsa recipe ... okay well "someone in the know" says this isn't the exact restaurant recipe (it's proprietary), but it's a good "public version." So I snagged it and came home and made a batch. I hope they don't mind me posting it here. Chipotle, if you do, feel free to contact me and I will take it down ;), but me thinks you don't mind me sharing the salsa love.

Chipotle Pico de Gallo Salsa Recipe


6 vine ripened TOMATOES, diced
1/2 RED ONION, finely chopped
1/3 cup fresh CILANTRO, chopped
2 JALAPENOS, finely chopped
1 tablespoon fresh LIME JUICE
1/2 teaspoon SALT (or to taste)
PEPPER to taste


  1. Toss all ingredients.
  2. Chill at least an hour to allow flavors to blend.
  3. Serve with corn chips, over a salad, or in a burrito.


  1. Chipotle recommends cutting tomatoes into quarters and removing the seeds and the pulp before chopping. That really made a difference.

Reader Comments (7)

Gorgeous! And you had me at salsa :)

August 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCarol

Thank you Carol ... all credit goes to Chipotle. :)

August 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLexie

We love Chipotle!! It is a special treat when we are able to eat out (something we don't do very often). We too gave up all the "other" fast food options for health's sake, but Chipotle . . . YUM!!! We need more restaurants like this for those days when we just don't feel like cooking. Nice shout out for Chipotle Restaurant!!!

August 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGerry

Gerry, I am with you! I have dreams of opening a real food "fast food" chain just so that we'd have more choices for eating out. Eating in has saved us so much money and has allowed us to buy better food for eating at home. Of course there are nights that I am wiped and lack inspiration and that's when Chipotle comes to the rescue :) xoLexie

August 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLexie

I zest the limes before squeezing the juice from them. I don't necessarily see this at Chipotle. I can always tell when I make this at home and forget the zest.

March 31, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca

What does that mean to "zest a lime?"

September 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRoberito

Robierto, that is when you grate the peel of the lime :)

September 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLexie

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