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Homemade Salsa with Charred Tomatoes

Fresh homemade salsa made with charred tomatoes. Full of flavor and so delicious! ~ Beyond the Chicken Coop

Salsa Salsa Salsa – Fresh Homemade salsa made with charred tomatoes!

Fresh homemade salsa is the best, even in the middle of the winter when there just aren’t any garden fresh tomatoes,  freshly picked onions, or any cilantro blowing gently in my garden.  However, all the required ingredients can be bought from any local grocery store in the produce department.   This Homemade Salsa with Charred Tomatoes is amazing!

My brother’s girlfriend, Tania taught me some tricks to make this out-of-season condiment extra delicious.

The key to taking this from good to great is using a flat, cast iron griddle. (any cast iron will do) You put all the veggies, except the scallions and cilantro on the griddle.  The goal is a char – but not a burn.  You are looking for some black. It adds interesting color and flavor.

Fresh homemade salsa made with charred tomatoes. Full of flavor and so delicious!

To char your tomatoes, onions, and peppers, use a cast iron grill.  Anything cast iron will work, and in a pinch, you can use a non-stick pan too. For the jalapeno, you can seed first then char, or char first then seed. Really it’s up to you, but unless you like really spicy you will want to remove the seeds.

Because my family has a fairly mild mouth,I often add just a small amount of jalapeno, puree, taste and add more as needed. Keep in mind, the flavors will continue to develop as the salsa sits for a while, so the heat can intensify as well.

This salsa is perfect for chip dipping as well as added to breakfast burritos, tacos, or beans. Roma tomatoes are nice and meaty and are perfect for this salsa. If using other tomatoes, I often slice them after charring and remove most of the seeds and liquid pulp. This helps prevent a runny salsa. 


Charring Veggies for Homemade Salsa

Fresh homemade salsa made with charred tomatoes.

Chips and Limes

Some other favorite salsa recipes include:

5 from 1 vote
Fresh homemade salsa made with charred tomatoes. Full of flavor and so delicious! ~ Beyond the Chicken Coop
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
50 mins

Homemade Salsa with charred tomatoes.

Course: Condiment
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: restaurant style salsa, salsa with charred tomatoes, tomato salsa
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 14 kcal
Author: Kathy
  • 5 whole Roma Tomatoes
  • 1 - 2 whole Jalapeño Peppers - depending on size and your taste.
  • 1/2 whole Onion - Yellow or White
  • 1/4 cup Bunch Cilantro Chopped
  • 1/2 whole Lime
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 5 whole Green Scallions Chopped
  1. Place tomatoes, jalapeños, and 1/2 onion on hot cast iron pan. Turn ingredients so you achieve a nice char on all sides.
  2. When jalapeño is nicely blackened, place on a cutting board and cut off top and remove seeds.
  3. Place charred items in the food processor. Puree everything until no large pieces remain.
  4. Add cilantro. Pulse just until mixed.
  5. Transfer to mixing bowl.
  6. Stir in salt, juice of lime, and chopped green scallions.
  7. Taste and add additional salt if needed.
Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 14
% Daily Value*
Sodium 197mg 8%
Potassium 135mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 3g 1%
Sugars 1g
Vitamin A 10%
Vitamin C 13.2%
Calcium 0.7%
Iron 0.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Mexican Shredded Chicken

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  • Reply
    Veronika Sykorova
    March 20, 2017 at 1:59 am

    This looks awesome! I can’t wait for summer when tomatoes will be in season to make this for our summer grilled dinners outside!

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      March 20, 2017 at 4:42 am

      This salsa is wonderful on grilled foods! I hope you give it a try!

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    March 20, 2017 at 1:14 am

    Love the idea of charring the vegetables before adding them to the salsa – Totally going to try it out!

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    Sue Ringsdorf
    March 15, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    I love salsa and never considering charring the veggies first. Must try it!! Thanks for sharing!

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    Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks
    March 14, 2017 at 5:26 pm

    I’ll take some salsa any way I can get it. This charred version you’ve got going on here sounds fantastic!

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    Medha @ Whisk & Shout
    February 28, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    This looks so great! I love roasting or charring veggies for salsa, it really brings out the flavors 🙂

    • Reply
      February 28, 2015 at 2:06 pm

      Thanks Medha!

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    February 28, 2015 at 7:50 am

    I craved the bright flavors of summer and will admit to recently buying out-of-season, hot house grown tomatoes. They really are not the same as summer tomatoes, but still. The wonderful salsa recipe would be a wonderful way to enjoy their flavor!

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      February 28, 2015 at 8:45 am

      I agree…out-of-season tomatoes just don’t stack up to fresh, vine-ripened!

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    Alyssa @ My Sequined Life
    February 27, 2015 at 8:08 pm

    Ooh what a great idea about charring the veggies! I bet that adds such a delicious flavor. Love this!

    • Reply
      February 28, 2015 at 5:07 am

      Thanks Alyssa. The charring does add great flavor!

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    Geraldine | Green Valley Kitchen
    February 27, 2015 at 8:57 am

    Charring is a great idea, Kathy. Winter tomatoes are so bland but charring would perk them right up! I usually make a chunky salsa – but your recipe looks like the kind you get in a good mexican recipe. Definitely trying this!

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      February 27, 2015 at 7:04 pm

      Thanks Geraldine. This would probably work with chunking everything up too rather than putting through the processor. Let me know if you try it that way.

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    Ali @ Whisk and Repeat
    February 27, 2015 at 6:18 am

    Oh man! This salsa looks just like my favorite restaurant salsa. I’m going to have to try this out.

    • Reply
      February 27, 2015 at 6:21 am

      I hope you give it a try! Let me know how it turns out for you! Thanks!

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    February 26, 2015 at 8:21 pm

    Charring the veggies first? How brilliant! I really need to try this. And your photos are beautiful Kathy!

    • Reply
      February 27, 2015 at 5:08 am

      Thanks Rachelle!

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    February 26, 2015 at 6:23 am

    I’ve never thought to char the veggies before making salsa, what a great idea! My girls are only 3 and 5 and prefer a more mild taste to food (at least for now). I could eat salsa for dinner but of course, it adds so much dimension to so many dishes! Looks delish.

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      February 26, 2015 at 6:35 am

      The charring really adds an extra element. Thanks Laura!

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    February 26, 2015 at 2:24 am

    Omg! This recipe is amazing! Thank you so much for sharing! You took amazing pictures!

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      February 26, 2015 at 6:34 am

      Thanks so much!

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    [email protected] Riffs
    February 25, 2015 at 7:34 pm

    I love making my own salsa! I can spice it just as I like it. Don’t often char the ingredients, though — I should do that. Good stuff — thanks.

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      February 25, 2015 at 7:36 pm

      Thanks John. I often make two dishes…one for my husband with extra spice and one for my kids that’s pretty mild…I usually mix the two for a medium one just for me!

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    February 25, 2015 at 7:07 pm

    My mouth is watering!

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    Erin @ Miss Scrambled Egg
    February 25, 2015 at 8:18 am

    A nice charred salsa is always a treat. Using fresh vegetables to make salsas and pickles is my favorite activity come summer! I can’t wait to try this.

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      February 25, 2015 at 7:01 pm

      If only summer would come a bit sooner!

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    Lori from LL Farm
    February 25, 2015 at 6:49 am

    This looks delicious! Although I canned salsa last year, I still prefer the freshly made salsa taste.

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      February 25, 2015 at 7:02 pm

      I can a lot of things, but I’ve never canned salsa! Need to give it a go this summer!

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