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fire-roasted salsa in a bowl with chips on the side
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5 from 2 votes

Fire-Roasted Salsa

This easy fire-roasted salsa is made with broiled Roma tomatoes, peppers, onion, and garlic mixed with fresh herbs and citrus juice. It's the perfect summer dip!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Recommended Chill Time:1 d
Total Time1 d 20 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 18 people (¼ cup servings)
Calories: 29kcal


  • 2 pounds Roma tomatoes, cored + halved See Recipe Notes
  • 1 red onion, peeled + sliced into 6 to 8 wedges
  • 1 poblano pepper, stem + seeds removed, cut in half lengthwise For less heat, use a sweet bell pepper instead
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, stem, membrane + seeds removed For more heat, use 2-3 peppers and leave the membrane + seeds
  • 4 garlic cloves, unpeeled Use more or less as desired
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil Or use another high-smoke point oil, such as canola
  • 1 lime or lemon, juiced
  • ¼ cup cilantro, removed from stem + roughly chopped Or swap fresh oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin (optional)
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt (or more to taste)


  • Move an oven tray about 3 to 4 inches from the broiler. Preheat the broiler to high.
    Place tomatoes, onions, poblano, and jalapeños cut-side down in a single layer on a baking sheet. Place the garlic on the baking sheet.
    Depending on the size of your vegetables, you might need to use two baking sheets. If so, I recommend placing the tomatoes and garlic on one tray and the peppers and onions on another. The tomatoes and garlic will probably take the longest to char.
    Drizzle oil over the veggies.
    Place Tomatoes + Garlic on a Baking Sheet
  • Broil vegetables 5-10 minutes, or until they begin to blacken and char. (The broil time will vary depending on your oven's broiler. Gas broilers tend to cook more quickly.)
    Note that if you're using two baking sheets, you'll need to work in batches and cook one baking sheet of veggies at a time.
    Check on the vegetables often while broiling. If some vegetables seem to be cooking much faster than others, use metal tongs to either remove them from the baking sheet or move them farther from the heat source.
    Broil Veggies Until Charred
  • When the vegetables are charred, remove them from the oven.
    Carefully remove as much of the skin from the poblano pepper as possible. (If you used a bell pepper instead, there's no need to peel it.)
    Peel the garlic. (The skin should slide off easily.)
    Leave the skins on the rest of the veggies.
    Peel the Poblano + Garlic
  • Add the charred vegetables (and their juices) to a food processor basin, and use the chop setting until the vegetables are finely chopped and mixed together.
    If your food processor basin is too small, it's fine to work in batches and transfer the salsa to a large bowl as you work.
    If you don't own a food processor, finely dice the vegetables with a knife, and add them to a bowl.
    If you're concerned about the heat level, add about half the peppers first, taste the salsa, and add the remaining peppers if desired.
    Chop Veggies in a Food Processor
  • Move the salsa to a bowl, and stir in the lime juice, cilantro, cumin, and salt. Taste the salsa, and add more salt if desired.
    The flavor should be tasty right away, but will greatly benefit from resting for 24 hours in the fridge. Serve as desired.
    Mix in Cilantro, Lime Juice, Salt + Cumin


Yields: Approximately 4 ½ cups salsa.
Varieties of tomatoes: Roma tomatoes are preferred for this recipe, because they release less water than other varieties.  This recipe also works well with a small percentage of non-Roma tomatoes mixed in.  Note that non-Roma tomatoes add extra liquid to the recipe, and a primarily non-Roma salsa will likely be very thin and watery.
For Milder Salsa: If you are very sensitive to heat, follow the directions in the recipe card to make this salsa mild. 
For Hotter Salsa: If you'd like to make the salsa hotter, add more chili peppers.  If using hotter chilis than listed, wear gloves to avoid burning your skin.  Take more than usual care when broiling hot peppers, and make sure to use a well-ventilated space.  Turn on your oven's vent, open a window, and (if desired) wear a mask. 


Calories: 29kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 68mg | Potassium: 146mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 468IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg