Unveiling the Deliciousness: Chipotle Corn Salsa Revealed!

Are you ready to discover the secret behind Chipotle’s mouthwatering Corn Salsa? Well, hold onto your taste buds because we have the scoop! The Official Chipotle TikTok account recently spilled the beans by sharing their recipe. And here’s the best part – we’ve gathered some insider tips from Chipotle employees to help you recreate that scrumptious Roasted Chili Corn Salsa experience right in your own kitchen!

Unlocking the Secrets of Chipotle’s Official Recipe!

TikTok isn’t just for entertainment; it’s also a treasure trove of culinary inspiration. During the 2020 quarantine, Chipotle’s official TikTok account delighted us by unveiling several of their famous recipes, including the beloved medium Roasted Chili Corn Salsa.

If you want to see the TikTok corn salsa video for yourself, just click here. The video provided the ingredients, but it wasn’t too specific about quantities or ingredient details. So, we did some investigative work, gathered intel from employees, and paired it with what Chipotle revealed to create a recipe that captures the essence of the restaurant’s corn salsa!

Now, we know nothing can replace the experience of ordering takeout from Chipotle. However, our homemade version is perfect for whipping up a big batch to enjoy while watching football or to add extra deliciousness to your crockpot tacos or burrito bowls.

Decoding the Recipe

Chipotle’s recipe, as shared on TikTok, is surprisingly quick and easy. Despite its name, Roasted Chili Corn Salsa, which might suggest complexity, it’s actually a breeze to prepare. That makes sense considering Chipotle prepares large, fresh batches of this salsa daily in their bustling restaurants!

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In this section, we’ll explore how we arrived at this recipe. We’ll draw from the TikTok video, information from Chipotle’s website, and insights from employees.

If you’re up for delving into all the data yourself, you can find it all here. But if you just want the recipe, you can grab the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.

Chip with chipotle corn salsa piled onto it


White Corn

While the video simply mentions “corn,” the website specifies white corn, which offers a sweeter flavor. Through experimentation, we’ve found that white corn gets us closer to the restaurant’s taste. However, if you can only find yellow corn, it will still be absolutely delicious.

We’ve also discovered that Chipotle uses frozen corn, which makes preparation a breeze. But if you prefer fresh corn, you can cook corn on the cob using your preferred method, then cut the kernels and use them instead.


Although the recipe calls for a relatively small amount, fresh cilantro is a crucial ingredient. It adds an herbaceous and aromatic note to the salsa. If you’re a cilantro lover like me, feel free to add more to suit your tastes.

But if cilantro isn’t your thing, you can reduce the amount or leave it out. Just be aware that it might alter the taste from the classic Chipotle corn salsa.

Red Onion

There’s no doubt that Chipotle uses red onion in their corn salsa. However, if you don’t have any on hand, you can still achieve good results using yellow or white onion.


Here’s where things get a bit tricky. In the TikTok video, they clearly state that they’re using jalapeño. However, Chipotle’s website mentions roasted poblano pepper.

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When eating the Roasted Chili Corn Salsa at the restaurant, it tastes like jalapeño to me, and other Chipotle employees have also referred to it as jalapeño. In the video, they don’t show or mention poblano peppers, but there are some darker spots in the corn that could be these peppers.

After some experimentation, we realized that using either jalapeño or roasted poblano pepper doesn’t make much of a taste difference. We preferred jalapeño because it’s more accessible and the difference is minimal. So, feel free to go with jalapeño, or if you want to try both, they’ll yield similar and delicious results. We opted to use raw peppers, as it simplifies the process, reduces cleaning, and saves time.

We don’t believe there’s a significant taste difference with or without the roasted poblanos, but we’ve included an option for them in the recipe card notes.

Lime and Lemon Juice

The TikTok recipe highlights lime juice as a key ingredient, poured from a container filled with juice. However, both the website and employees confirm that it’s a combination of lime and lemon juice.

We followed their lead, using both lime and lemon juice, and it brought the flavor remarkably close to what you taste in the store.


Salt is the magical ingredient that brings all the flavors together. It helps marry everything harmoniously, but be cautious not to overdo it; otherwise, it might overpower the other ingredients.

Process photos for how to make chipotle corn salsa

Recipe Tips

  1. Finely Chop: To achieve a texture similar to Chipotle’s corn salsa, make sure to finely chop all the ingredients. The smaller the onion, cilantro, and peppers, the better the flavors will meld in every bite.

  2. Combine the Citrus Juice with the Onions, Jalapeño, and Cilantro: This step helps to mellow the bite of the onions and peppers while extracting the flavors from all the ingredients. You can clearly see this process in action when Chipotle makes their corn salsa.

  3. Let It Sit: This salsa is best after it has rested for at least 30 minutes, allowing the flavors to develop and intensify.

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More Salsa Adventures

If you savored this recipe, we hope you’ll take a moment to explore a few more easy recipes for your busiest nights!

You can find all of my EASY recipes here, or check out a few reader-favorite salsa recipes below:

  • Fastest (and Tastiest) Homemade Salsa
  • Mango Avocado Salsa
  • Pineapple Jalapeño Salsa
  • Fresh Pico de Gallo

So, grab your apron and prepare to unleash the flavor with Chipotle Corn Salsa in your own kitchen! And if you’re looking for even more mouthwatering recipes, head over to Rowdy Hog Smokin BBQ for some irresistible barbecue inspiration!