Go Back

Simple Charred Tomato Salsa Recipe

This Charred Tomato Salsa, made with a few fresh ingredients, is a simple, restaurant-quality sauce perfect alongside chips, tacos or your favorite margarita!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Resting Time30 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Appetizer, Sauce
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Healthy, Party Food, Vegetarian
Servings: 12 (1/4 cup servings)
Calories: 11kcal
Author: Sip + Sanity | Linda Feller


  • food processor or blender
  • Chef's knife


  • 6 Roma tomatoes halved + cored
  • ½ sweet onion cut into slices
  • 2 jalapeños green, red or your favorite chilis
  • 2 cloves garlic skin on
  • ¼ cup cilantro coarsely chopped
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • vegetable oil or cooking spray


  • Add a little oil or cooking spray to the vegetables to prevent sticking.
  • Outdoor grilling instructions:
    - Clean & preheat your outdoor grill
    - Place the garlic cloves on a square of foil so they don't fall through the grates
    - Oil the grates then grill the vegetables over high heat until they are charred on both sides, about 10 minutes total
  • Grill pan instructions:
    - Preheat your grill pan over high heat
    - Spray with some cooking spray, then grill the vegetables until they are charred on both sides, about 10 minutes total
  • Broiler instructions:
    - Preheat your broiler
    - Place vegetables on a sheet pan sprayed with cooking spray and broil about 6 inches under the broiler for 5 min
    - Remove the pan from the oven, flip the vegetables and broil the other side for 5 more minutes
  • Remove the stem end from the jalapeños. Remove some or all of the seeds if you prefer less spicy salsa. Remove the papery exterior from the garlic and dispose.
  • Add jalapeños, garlic, onions and salt to the bowl of a food processor (or blender) and pulse several times to create a puree.
  • Finely chop the tomatoes. Add the tomatoes and cilantro to the food processor and pulse 2 or 3 times to incorporate. Don't mix too much or you'll incorporate a lot of air.
  • Let the salsa rest for at least 30 minutes then enjoy!