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Classic Roasted Salsa


Having salsa on hand is a must in summer. This homemade version is so easy, why even bother with store-bought? We love the deep, slightly smoky flavors in this version.

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  • Yield: Makes 3 cups

Photography: Anders Schonnemann

Source: Everyday Food, June 2011


  • 2 large tomatoes (1 1/2 pounds)
  • 1 medium white onion, halved
  • 3 jalapenos
  • 3 garlic cloves, unpeeled
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice (from 2 limes)
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro


  1. Heat broiler, with rack in top position. Place tomatoes, onion, jalapenos, and garlic in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet.

  2. Broil until vegetables are blistered and slightly softened, rotating sheet and flipping vegetables frequently, 6 to 8 minutes (garlic may need to be removed earlier, if it is browning too quickly).

  3. Discard garlic skins. In a food processor, pulse garlic and vegetables until coarsely pureed. Add lime juice, season with salt and pepper, and pulse to combine.

  4. Transfer salsa to a bowl and stir in cilantro. Refrigerate up to 3 days, freeze up to 3 months.

Cook's Notes

If you prefer less heat, use fewer jalapenos or just remove the ribs and seeds.

For green salsa, use 1 1/2 pounds tomatillos in place of tomatoes and omit the lime juice.

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  • Jessami
    12 OCT, 2014
    I really enjoyed this recipe, I used Lemon Boy tomatoes out of my garden instead if beefsteak, and it was great. Curious though if it can be canned?
  • MS10439923
    27 JUL, 2014
    This is a new favorite. The trick to wonderful flavor is to use ripe summer tomatoes. I don't think this would be nearly as good with anemic winter tomatoes.
  • GGSandy3
    4 JUL, 2014
    Although this was really very easy it was not my favorite. I think I chopped it too much (was too smooth not really chopped) but it didn't have much flavor, I even added tomato paste but didn't help much. I'll try it again with some tweaking and see how we like it.
  • blossomathome
    30 JUN, 2014
    I grill all the veg on my BBQ and it turns out fantastic. Great recipe!
  • Clutterbug58
    30 JUN, 2014
    Good grief! This looks like way more work than chopping would ever be!