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The real deal!!!! I used to much garlic, and made it to spicy but, it was so close. The black pepper is the missing link!!! It smelled just like the real deal!!! I've been trying for years to copy this,, thanks so much! You're right, the popular recipe on the web w/the liquid smoke is a joke, not even close. You rule! Note I only used 1 teaspoon of salt.

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jaclo March 13, 2011

Good recipe. Comes pretty close overall. Agree with other commenter that dialing down the salt to 1 tsp is a good idea. Also agree with recipe contributor that the liquid smoke is a problem -- I tried that take and it was so bad I had to throw out the whole batch.

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joshofstl May 29, 2011

You are absolutely right that this recipe is legit! Our Cub Scout leader was manager at a Chevy's and we got a tour of the kitchen and a lesson on how to make this famous salsa. No vinegar, no liquid smoke. They roasted on a large jelly roll pan under a broiler, not on an actual grill. Other than that, it looks great. Maybe that copycat recipe guy should be in Cub Scouts ;o)

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Connie K December 05, 2012

This turned out excellent, but a bit too spicy. The next time I made it, I reduced to 1 jalapeno, 1 tsp. pepper, and 1 1/2 tsp of salt. It tastes very much like Chevy's. I've made this numerous times now, and I find that the more I blacken the veggies on the grill, the more authentic it tastes. Thanks for the wonderful recipe!

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sutherlandfamily May 03, 2012

This turned out very good. I used canned roasted tomatoes and canned roasted jalapeños. Not as much onion. Be sure to drain out as much liquid as possible. I added juice of lime. Yumm

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bavarian41 June 28, 2015

Liqued Smoke? Vinegar? What the Scallop??? NO!<br/><br/>Chevy's Salsa gets its unique flavor from the roasting process. The more you roast the veggies, the fuller the flavor will be. If your salsa comes out light pinkish, the veggies were not roasted long enough.<br/><br/>(A former girlfreind was a Chevy's Store manager, and she would make this for me at home.)<br/><br/>Thanks for posting this, it's the correct recipe. Not a CopyCat

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MILWRailChef January 27, 2014

So bomb! My go to recipe for salsa. I make this all the time when we have friends over and the first thing they always say is

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Lt. Aldo Raine August 27, 2013

This salsa is perfect for me with two medium-large peppers. If you like Chevy's salsa, you also don't like too much heat in your salsa. I made the recipe exactly to this and found it a bit salty, but the saltiness subsided after a couple of hours. I've been using 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt because I like to eat the salsa fresh and warm. Makes 32 ounces. I love Chevy's salsa but my wife doesn't like the smokey flavor of it all. Broiled, this is perfect for her. Grilled (On the BBQ) was too smokey for her (But smelled GREAT!) Much like Reeser's Restaurant-style salsa, too, which disappeared from our stores which prompted me to find this recipe. For less heat, use smaller peppers. For more, use bigger peppers. Adding or subtracting a whole pepper is too much, either way. Oh... I also use the ripest Roma tomatoes that I could find. <br/><br/>To compare costs VS buying salsa, I used the 16 ounce tub. Each 16 ounces costs me about $1.22 in ingredients. The whole batch was $2.44. So, my time was worth the savings versus store bought fresh salsa, but I just had a hard time keeping the family stocked with this stuff. It goes better than twice as fast into the mouths of those who appreciate wholesome, home-cooked foods.

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IntroVent June 01, 2013

I don't care for the "burnt" taste of Chevy's salsa. To me, it doesn't taste fresh.

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Rockamama July 28, 2012

Great recipe. I made a tweak of course because while Chevy's salsa is amazing it is very mild. I use either two or three jalape?o peppers and add a Serrano to give it some heat to go along with the flavor. I also reduce the salt. I have also found it helpful to brush the vegetables with olive oil or toasted sesame oil prior to grilling them. This adds to the smoke flavor.

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Srredbeard June 24, 2012
Chevy's Salsa - Original Recipe