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dipping a chip into charred tomato salsa

Simple Charred Tomato Salsa Recipe

5 from 1 vote
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 Time:10 mins
Cook Time:10 mins
Resting Time:30 mins
Total Time:50 mins
Course: Appetizer, Sauce
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: grill, vegetarian
Servings: 12 (1/4 cup servings)
Calories: 17kcal
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!


Calories: 17kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 101mg | Potassium: 166mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 541IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional values are estimated and provided as a general guideline only. I earn a commission from Instacart from qualifying ingredient purchases.

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