Roasted Tomato Salsa

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Hey, hey, it’s my birthdaaaaaay!

And I am ready to party!

Actually, this whole past weekend has felt like one big party.  One of my dear friends had her wedding reception on Friday night (soooo fun!), then my parents came to town to do birthday brunch together with Barclay and his folks (absolutely lovely), after which we all came back to my place and made homemade salsas all afternoon (yessss), followed by a birthday dinner with B at this new ramen place I’ve been wanting to try (pretty good!), then we partied it up at another wedding on Sunday (where we totally waited in line to have this done at the reception)…and, well, I think it’s safe to say that 32 ended on a high note.

And I’m feeling extra-thankful for this life, and for all of these special people I’m lucky to have in mine, and for all of these wild and wonderful moments we keep getting to share together.

I am indeed a very lucky 33-year-old duck.

So to celebrate, I’m having everyone over to mi casa tonight for my idea of a perfectly well-balanced meal after work — a chips-and-salsa-a-thon!  I’ve whipped up a bunch of my favorite homemade salsas, and then picked up some of my favorites from restaurants around town, and then my awesome friends are bringing a bunch of their favs to share as well.  And I can’t wait.  Oh, and Barclay’s getting off work a little early to come and help me juice a few dozen limes to make an epic batch of homemade margaritas, so we’ll have the fruit side of the food pyramid covered too.  ;)

So it only seemed natural to share one of my favorite salsa recipes with you, which will be making an appearance tonight.  It’s super quick and easy to make (under 20 minutes!), it’s chocked full of fresh tomatoes and veggies that have been roasted to perfection, and it’s always a hit at every party.  It’s this yummy roasted tomato salsa recipe!

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My original photo for Roasted Tomato Salsa.

Believe it or not, this salsa was actually one of the first 10 recipes I ever posted on Gimme Some Oven, way back in 2009.  And I think it’s safe to say it was probably one of the first 10 or so recipes I ever learned to make period.  Because salsa and I go way back.  And roasted salsa and I go way back, once a local Mexican restaurant owner in college tipped me off on how much extra flavor you can add by popping the main ingredients under a broiler.

That’s right, you don’t even have to let these slow roast for half an hour.  Just pop your veggies (skin-side-up) on a baking sheet under the broiler for about 6-8 minutes until they’re nice and blistered and blackened…

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…mmmm, just look at those…Roasted Tomato Salsa 5

…then pop them into a blender or food processor…Roasted Tomato Salsa 4

…pulse to combine…

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…and dive in.  Preferably with your favorite salty tortilla chips.  YUM.

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A few quick tips though:

  • In-season ripe tomatoes make this salsa.  If you happen to come across this recipe in the dead of winter when those watery, flavorless, sad little Romas are the only thing available at the grocery store, I’d actually probably refer you to using fire-roasted canned tomatoes in this salsa recipe instead.  Canned tomatoes are usually packaged at their peak of freshness, and will probably be more flavorful.  But if it’s summertime and the in-season-tomato-buyin’ is easy, then turn on that broiler and get ready for that classic sweet and smoky depth of flavor you can’t get from just blending everything up fresh.  You won’t regret it.
  • Don’t get scared by the blackened char marks.  You want them to look burnt, so leave those tomatoes and veggies under the broiler (keeping a close eye on them) until they’re nice and deeply blistered.  The more marks, the more flavorful.
  • If you’re feeling patient, let the roasted tomatoes and veggies cool before mixing them with the remaining ingredients.  This way, the cilantro will stay fresh and greener longer.  But if you’re feeling hungry or impatient, do what I do and just immediately toss everything in the food processor and enjoy that roasted salsa nice and warm.  It’s just as good.  ;)
  • If you’d like this to be even smokier, add in a chipotle chile and a teaspoon of adobo sauce.  Or feel free to blister up and add in any of your other favorite chiles to the mix instead.  And of course, if you’d like a spicier salsa, just add in another jalapeno with its seeds.

My main tip?

Just make this one, and share it, and enjoy every past bite please.  :)

Roasted Tomato Salsa

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Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds roma tomatoes, halved lengthwise
  • unpeeled garlic cloves
  • 1 large white onion, peeled, halved and cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, stemmed and halved (discard the seeds to reduce the heat if you'd like)
  • 1 large handful fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 tablespoon freshly-squeezed lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons Kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

Directions:

Preheat broiler to high.

Arrange the roma tomatoes (skin side up), garlic cloves (unpeeled!), onion and jalapeno (skin side up) in an even layer on a large baking sheet.  Broil for 6-8 minutes, or until the tomatoes and jalapenos have blistered and blackened pretty thoroughly on top.

Remove pan from the oven, and peel and discard the skin from the garlic cloves.  Transfer the tomatoes, garlic, onion and jalapeno to the bowl of a food processor or blender.  At this point (if you're feeling impatient and hungry), you can either go ahead and add in the remaining ingredients and puree the salsa until it's smooth while it's warm.  Or you can transfer the roasted veggies to the refrigerator and let them chill until cooled, then proceed with adding in the remaining ingredients and pureeing the salsa until smooth.

Taste, and season with extra salt or lime juice if needed.  Serve immediately, or refrigerate in a sealed container for up to 3 days.

 

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!

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  1. Jeff — July 20, 2009 @ 12:44 pm (#)

    Your photography is looking great! The first image for this recipe has beautiful composition and lighting! :)

  2. Megan — August 29, 2010 @ 2:07 pm (#)

    Sounds delicious! I love the layout of your posts, looks great and makes it really easy to read! :)

  3. Stan — December 29, 2012 @ 9:20 pm (#)

    Followed your recipie and must say it was deeeelicious! Isn’t cumin the greatest spice ever?!? Thank you.

  4. Alexa [fooduzzi.com] — May 2, 2016 @ 6:28 am (#)

    Those char marks! <3 This sounds absolutely perfect for Thursday! Homemade salsa is so much better than store-bought – I can't wait to try this!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — May 3rd, 2016 @ 8:38 am

      Thanks Alexa — we hope you love it as much as we do! :)

  5. Colleen — May 2, 2016 @ 6:37 am (#)

    This looks amazing and I can’t wait to try it! 

  6. Karen — May 2, 2016 @ 6:56 am (#)

    Happy Birthday!!!! This sounds amazing and the pics are beautiful,gonna try it❤️ Enjoy your day

  7. Ali's Mom — May 2, 2016 @ 7:57 am (#)

    Happy birthday, sweet birthday girl! So glad we brought you up right to love chips and salsa for your birthday dinner. And margaritas.

  8. Fernando @ Eating With Your Hands — May 2, 2016 @ 8:21 am (#)

    Happy birthday! Congrats :)

  9. Amy in Austin — May 2, 2016 @ 7:39 pm (#)

    I’m so glad you posted this! We just had the most amazing roasted salsa at Veracruz All Natural in Austin- and I was about to start researching some recipes. They chop up bits of avocado in theirs- which is something I’ve NEVER seen before (and totally amazing). Can’t wait to give this a try. Happy Birthday!

  10. Margo — May 3, 2016 @ 8:37 am (#)

    Oh my word, I HAVE to make this…it looks amazing! You had me at “Roasted Tomato!” :)

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — May 3rd, 2016 @ 10:45 am

      Thanks Margo — we hope you love it! :D

  11. Kari — May 3, 2016 @ 12:07 pm (#)

    Yum! This looks so much better than the jarred stuff at the store!
    Kari

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — May 3rd, 2016 @ 8:07 pm

      Thanks, and it’s super easy too — we hope you like it!

  12. Rachel Cowsert — May 3, 2016 @ 2:20 pm (#)

    Long time fan first time commenter.  I love a good salsa recipe and this is the first one I’ve seen that uses fresh tomatoes, and then roasts them with a broiler to get that amazing flavor.  So simple yet genius!  I am totally making this when I see that first batch of pretty tomatoes at the store or farmer’s market.  Does it have to be roma tomatoes or can other varieties be used?  Happy birthday Ali!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — May 3rd, 2016 @ 8:14 pm

      Hi Rachel! Thanks for taking the time to comment! We prefer roma/plum tomatoes for this — we hope you enjoy! :D

  13. Mia — May 4, 2016 @ 8:25 am (#)

    Happy Birthday Ali! I’ve been following your blog for a while and absolutely love not just your recipes but the stories you share as well :) I’d love to try this salsa. Do you think it will work if I omit the cilantro? I am just not a very big fan of it

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — May 5th, 2016 @ 8:24 am

      Thanks Mia, we’re happy you’re here! :) And yes, you can most definitely omit the cilantro! We hope you enjoy!

  14. Sherly — May 4, 2016 @ 7:50 pm (#)

    My hubbys favorite recipe. But ingredients seems little different. Will get you my review back soon. Thanks for sharing an awesome recipe👍🏻

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — May 4th, 2016 @ 10:34 pm

      Cool Sherly — we hope you guys enjoy! :)

  15. Jesse — May 5, 2016 @ 12:12 am (#)

    CAN these be done slow-roasted, though? I just found out recently that, for some reason, my broiler doesn’t work. 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — May 5th, 2016 @ 8:13 am

      Yes, you can slow-roast these! We hope you enjoy!

  16. sher — May 6, 2016 @ 2:01 pm (#)

    Just made this! I doubled the recipe but only used one pepper for all (I am a weenie lol) It is faboo!! Ty for sharing !

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — May 6th, 2016 @ 9:44 pm

      Awesome — we’re so glad you like it! :)

  17. Liz — May 9, 2016 @ 4:56 pm (#)

    My boyfriend is from San Antonio and any salsa we get in a restaurant here in Kansas City is straight from a jar. He hates it! This recipe is legit though!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — May 16th, 2016 @ 9:08 pm

      Thanks Liz — we hope you guys enjoy!

  18. Mary — July 23, 2016 @ 12:55 pm (#)

    This is, hands down, the best salsa I have ever made! I made a batch so I could give some away as a birthday gift to the man who gave me the tomatoes, but now I’m sad I have to part with even one jar of it. This recipe is going in my keeper file and will be made often!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — July 23rd, 2016 @ 4:20 pm

      Wow, what a wonderful compliment Mary — thank you! We’re so glad this was a hit! :)

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