Easy Grilled Salsa
Easy grilled salsa with fresh tomatoes, tomatillos, onions, and sweet peppers. All charred on a grill and blended together. The best salsa you'll have this summer and easy to make!
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This post was updated on July 21, 2020 to include new photos and descriptions.
This time of year, I’m in complete grill mode normally. It’s a lot faster to grill stuff, the clean up is easy which Betsy likes, and once you get the hang of it, I find that the food is almost always better, but that’s definitely true for grilled salsa!
While grilled meat is always a star, people forget that grilling food just does fantastic things to it in general. Any food that has sugars in it will get slightly caramelized. It evaporates a lot of liquid, enhancing flavors. It can give a slightly charred flavor to certain foods which is great in small doses.
This easy grilled salsa takes advantage of all of these powers of the grill. I’ve made a few different varieties of this over the past month or two and, honestly, it’s pretty hard to go wrong.
Easy Grilled Salsa Recipe
It’s tough for me to write recipes for stuff like salsa because I usually just wing it and encourage you to do the same. I start at the store or farmers market and just look for stuff that looks nice and fresh. That’s the most important part of salsa.
On this given day I decided to do a half tomato, half tomatillo thing, which I’ve never done before. I really like the mix though.
If you have lots of colors on your cutting board, you’re off to a good start!
The veggies are super-easy to prep for this. Since we’re grilling them, you want to keep them pretty whole. You can cut stuff in half in you want, but it’s fine to just toss the stuff on whole!
I tossed all my veggies in a drizzle of olive oil and sprinkled them with a bit of kosher salt before tossing them in my grill pan. If you don’t have a grill pan you could wrap everything in foil and poke some holes in it.
How to Grill the Vegetables
Crank up the heat on the grill and let your veggies cook for about 10-15 minutes. If you can, keep the lid closed and turn the veggies every few minutes to make sure they are cooking evenly.
Now. If you don’t have a grill, I’d recommend roasting these guys in a 450 degree oven for 10-15 minutes and you should end up with a very close finished product.
You’ll know you’re done when the peppers start blistering and the tomatoes bursting!
Once all the veggies have become a bit tender and charred, remove them from the grill to let them cool a bit.
Then add them to your blender (you may have to work in two batches) along with a small handful of cilantro.
Pulse it up until it’s the consistency you want. I recommend keeping the salsa it a bit on the chunky side.
NOTE: When blending, make sure not to overfill your blender or use hot foods as they could splatter which isn’t a good experience.
It should go without saying that you can serve this up warm or cold with lots of chips!
As with most salsas, I found that this stuff was even better on day two actually when the flavors had a chance to meld a bit.
I don’t mind store-bought salsa one bit, but this is a very quick way to make a good amount of very tasty salsa.
Give this easy grilled salsa a shot the next time you’re itching for some Tex-Mex!
Storage for Salsa
This salsa is fresh and not really intended to be canned or jarred. It keeps well in the fridge for 5-6 days or you can freeze it in quart-sized freezer bags.
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- 1 blender
- 4 Roman tomatoes
- 5-6 tomatillos
- 2-3 jalapenos
- ½ red onion
- 3-4 cloves garlic
- A handful of sweet peppers
- Handful of cilantro
- Drizzle of olive oil
- Wash veggies and chop them into big pieces, halves and quarters.
- Toss veggies with a drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of kosher salt.
- Add veggies to grill pan or foil and grill over high heat for 10-15 minutes until veggies are blistered and bursting.
- Let cool for at least a few minutes.
- Pulse in a blender until it reaches the consistency you want.
- Serve warm or cold with chips!
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Killer recipe Nick! You're absolutely right that everything tastes better when grilled. Even the Summertime heat cannot keep me from lighting up my grill. I may have to grill under the shade and supplement the heat with a floor fan, but I still am able to grill! :)
Again and as always, thanks for sharing with us Nick!
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Yuumy – I have never cooked with the little sweet peppers nor have I ever added them to my salsa. I will be trying this out soon! Thank You!
Yum! Love grilling vegetables for salsa in the summer. I've tried roasting vegetables in the oven to make salsa, but it's not quite the same. And you're right, it's not usually an exact recipe, a little of this, a little of that. Have you tried making salsa with pineapple or mango as the base?
i made salsa the other day (fresh, not grilled) to throw on some quesadillas and the only thing i had to give the salsa some bite (didnt have any citrus fruits left) was passion fruit. it was pretty darn good. passion fruit is very tart, but also sweet so it tasted kinda like mango salsa. anyway, just thought id share cuz its similar in taste, tho different, to those two, more common salsas.
Gorgeous! Grilling before hand brings out so much flavor, and adds that special smoky grilling flavor as well. I'm more of a fan of chopping than blending, but that is a great option especially if you're constrained for time.
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I've been thinking about doing a grilled salsa the last week or so. Glad to know it works well!
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I recently got a Himalayan salt slab from Sustainable Sourcing https://secure.sustainablesourcing.com and I'll have to use it on the grill for this recipe. Amazing!
You are a genius, my friend.
Made this tonight and it was an absolute hit! Mmmm so good ( I made extra for the sole purpose of having leftovers tomorrow!) Thank you!
I can't wait to try this recipe. Grilling the veggies totally kicks up salsa to fabulous levels!
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Really glad I bought a new grill last night! My muoth is watering just thinking about my grilled salsa – thanks Nick!
So excited, in fact, that I clearly did not correct my spelling…that's my mouth is watering!
Wow, so simple but so delicious looking! I am going to try this ASAP! We will be living on a sailboat so will attempt to replace blender with a hand-crank version. Cannot wait!
Guess what will we do for a BBQ week end :-) Thank you for lovely idea !
What a great idea! I will definitely need to make this!
Delish! So much fresher and better than the store bought salsa. Everything tastes better on the grill.
Do you not remove the ends of the peppers and the seeds…I would
Like to make this for a Birthday Party I’m attending.
I remove the stems but not the seeds. If you want it less spicy, then remove the seeds also. Good luck!
Has anyone ever tried canning this salsa?
I was wondering the same thing!
Just made this and into is really good! I have made other roasted salsas before, but i think adding the sweet peppers made it more balanced. Delish