RECIPE: Make Willy’s Mexicana Grill’s Chipotle Salsa

I love the chipotle salsa at Willy’s. I’ve tried to find a similar one in stores but none replicate the taste. I even tried to make my own at home. (Note to self: two whole jalapenos is two too many.) Thanks. — Byron Harrison, Marietta

There are four salsas available at Willy’s Mexicana Grill: pico de gallo, tomatillo, chipotle and habanero. Diana Holley, vice president of marketing for Willy’s Mexicana Grill, tells us chipotle is so popular that the company serves 25,000 gallons of it every year. That’s about 800 gallons a year across the 31 Willy’s locations in Atlanta, Athens, Cartersville, Columbus and Peachtree City.

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This salsa has been on the menu since 2002. If you want to match the restaurant version, the chefs at Willy’s recommend Embasa brand chipotle peppers. This salsa will keep up to five days when stored in the refrigerator.

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Credit: Darin Schaffer

Credit: Darin Schaffer

From the menu of ... Willy’s Mexicana Grill, 4250 Roswell Road, Marietta. 770-973-1726, willys.com.

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