Chips and salsa is a staple appetizer, but let's talk about making (FIRE) roasted tomato salsa that you can be proud of: homemade fire roasted salsa on the grill!!! Because anything worth doing is worth adding smoke flavor to take it to the next level!

By first firing up your grill and smoke roasting your tomatoes and veggies, you are adding a layer of flavor complexity that can't be accomplished by popping open a lid of store bought salsa.

If you've followed me for a while, you know I'm a fan of throwing ingredients on the grill to first add smoke flavor. One of my favorite recipes of all time is my Smoked Gazpacho, which follows the same principal of first roasting the veggies over fire to add smoke flavor, which in my mind is the unsung hero of the recipe, adding its own version of Umami. Another really fun version of this recipe is my Smoked Watermelon Gazpacho if you are reading this during watermelon season. 

If you love the idea of smoked salsa, make sure to also try out my Grilled Pineapple Black Bean Salsa, because if you love grilled pineapple and how its flavor intensifies over the grill, you will love the flavor combos of pineapple, black beans, coconut and lime in this salsa!

And lastly, let's not forget that roasting tomatoes is also great as a FIRE roasted marinara, and also to make BBQ Sauce that truly stands out from the pack with the Smoked BBQ Sauce found in my Cookbook, Healthy Electric Smoker.

So, the next time you set out to make a Salsa, Soup or Marinara, think about how you can add smoke flavor by first throwing the ingredients on the grill! 

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Fire Roasted Tomato Salsa on the Grill

  • Author: Robyn (GrillGirl)
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4


I hope you guys enjoy this family recipe that has been handed down from generations!


  • 5 vine tomatoes
  • 4 jalapeños
  • 1 head of garlic
  • 3 cambray onions
  • 1/2 bunch of cilantro
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp. cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste


  1. Grill the vegetables until blackened on all sides, 10 to 15 per side.
  2. Transfer vegetables to a blender or food processor pulse once for a chunky consistency, or three times for a purée consistency.
  3. Transfer to a salsa bowl. Add the cumin, oregano, chopped cilantro, lime juice and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Give everything a stir and enjoy!


This Fire Roasted Tomato Salsa recipe was contributed by Silvia Orantes.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Fire Roasted Tomato Salsa, Fire Roasted Salsa, Grilled Salsa
  • Method: Grill, Roast, Smoke
  • Cuisine: Tex Mex, American

Keywords: Fire Roasted Tomato Salsa, Fire Roasted Tomato Salsa Recipe, Grilled Salsa Recipe

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