Smoky Charred Tomato Salsa


Unleash a burst of smoky flavor with our Smoky Charred Tomato Salsa! This salsa elevates the traditional condiment with charred tomatoes, bringing out a rustic, deep flavor that pairs perfectly with chips, tacos, or as a bold topping on your favorite dish. The charring process adds a delightful smokiness, making this salsa a must-try for anyone looking to add a touch of gourmet to their meals.

Smoky Charred Tomato Salsa

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 10 minutes
  • Total time: 20 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Serves: 4-6
  • Serving size: 2 tablespoons

Nutritional Profile (per serving)

  • Calories: 25 kcal
  • Protein: 1g
  • Carbohydrates: 5g
  • Fat: 0g
  • Sodium: 50mg
  • Fiber: 1g


  • Roma tomatoes: 4 large (about 400g or 14 oz)
  • White onion, quartered: 1 medium (about 150g or 5.3 oz)
  • Garlic cloves: 2
  • Fresh cilantro: 20g (0.7 oz)
  • Jalapeño pepper, seeded and chopped: 1 medium
  • Lime juice: 15ml (0.5 fl oz)
  • Salt: to taste

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. Char Vegetables: Heat a grill or grill pan to high. Char tomatoes, onion, and jalapeño, turning occasionally, until blackened and blistered on all sides.
  2. Blend Salsa: Once cooled, peel the tomatoes and remove the seeds. In a blender or food processor, combine charred tomatoes, onion, garlic, jalapeño, cilantro, and lime juice. Pulse until desired consistency.
  3. Season: Add salt to taste and adjust seasoning as needed.
  4. Chill: For best flavor, let the salsa chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour before serving.
  5. Serve: Enjoy with tortilla chips, over tacos, or as a flavorful addition to grilled meats.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Char the vegetables until they have a good amount of black on them for a deeper smoky flavor.
  • For a spicier salsa, include some of the jalapeño seeds.
  • Use fresh lime juice for the best flavor.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I make this salsa in advance?

Yes, it can be refrigerated for up to 5 days.

How do I store leftovers?

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Can I use canned tomatoes?

Fresh tomatoes are recommended for the best flavor and texture.

Is this salsa freezer-friendly?

Yes, it can be frozen for up to 3 months.