Roasted Tomato Salsa

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This quick and easy Roasted Tomato Salsa comes together in about 20 minutes with the help of your broiler and your blender. It's a great way to use up all those fresh veggies from the garden and you can easily customize it to suit your family's taste - make it spicy or mild, chunky or smooth. Use this recipe is a blueprint to make your family's favorite homemade salsa in just minutes! 


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  • 2 pounds beefsteak tomatoes
  • 2 small red onions
  • 1 jalapeno
  • 5-7 cloves garlic (leave the skin on)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • juice of 1 lime (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon diced chiles in adobo
  • Kosher salt
  • fresh cracked pepper


  1. Cut tomatoes into quarters. Remove core and seeds and discard them.
  2. Cut onions into quarters.
  3. Slice jalapeno in half lengthwise. Remove ribs and seeds and discard them.
  4. Place veggies on a baking sheet, skin side up, along with cloves of garlic (with the skin still on).
  5. Drizzle with olive oil. Toss to coat everything evenly.
  6. Broil veggies on high for 10-12 minutes, with the oven rack in the middle position, removing the garlic after 5 minutes of broiling so that it doesn't burn. 
  7. Remove charred veggies from the oven and carefully transfer them to a high-speed blender.
  8. Squeeze garlic from its skin and into the blender.
  9. Add lime juice, cilantro, cumin, and chiles in adobo to the blender.
  10. Blend until smooth and creamy. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Enjoy!


If you like your salsa spicy, feel free to leave the ribs and seeds in the jalapeno, or add more diced chiles in adobo. The jalapeno is going to give you lots of spicy flavor, while the chiles in adobo will give you some heat, but it will be more of a smoky spiciness.

If you want a chunkier salsa, just don't blend it quite as much! I like a super smooth and creamy salsa, but I know that some prefer to be able to see the chunks of pepper and tomato. Try just pulsing the blender or food processor until you reach the desired consistency.

A high-speed blender, food processor, or immersion blender will work best for making this salsa. This is my favorite high-speed blender and I've also used this food processor for this roasted tomato salsa with great results.