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.

Everyday Food, June 2011


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Recipe Summary

15 mins
15 mins
Makes 3 cups


Ingredient Checklist


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

  • 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).

  • 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.

  • 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.


Reviews (6)

234 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 56
  • 4 star values: 69
  • 3 star values: 59
  • 2 star values: 37
  • 1 star values: 13
Rating: 4 stars
When tomatoes are less than perfect, swap in a can or 2 of Rotel tomatoes. I also add a glug of honey. Oh yeah, I don't roast anything and it's delightful! I love you Sarah!
Rating: Unrated
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?
Rating: 5 stars
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.
Rating: Unrated
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.
Rating: 5 stars
I grill all the veg on my BBQ and it turns out fantastic. Great recipe!
Rating: Unrated
Good grief! This looks like way more work than chopping would ever be!