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Super Simple Roasted Salsa

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Take those garden fresh veggies and turn them into a flavorful roasted salsa in just a matter of minutes.  It takes longer to char the veggies under the broiler than it does to do anything else! This is going to be a hit for sure!

hand dipping tortilla chip into bowl of fresh roasted salsa.

It’s salsa season! Of course it’s kind of always salsa season, but right now is garden fresh salsa season. If you have a garden, you likely have most of these ingredients in spades right now.

If you aren’t the gardening type, you likely can get them really fresh and affordably from a farm stand or neighbor who gardens.

All you really need for delicious fresh salsa besides the produce is a food processor. But if you want to take it to the next level, you’ll need a sheet pan too!

You see, just a few minutes under the broiler will give those veggies a hint of char and give the salsa one more layer of flavor. It only adds a few minutes and very little effort more to the process and I think you’ll appreciate the difference.

sheet pan full of charred vegetables fresh from the oven, ready to be made into salsa.

If you don’t have an extra 15 minutes to spare, no worries! Just skip the roasting part and throw the clean fresh veggies right in the food processor as they are. The results will still be delicious!

Of course we had to enjoy some of this salsa within a few minutes of it being made on some tortilla chips. Chips and salsa are one of life’s simple pleasures we don’t enjoy nearly often enough.

food processor full of fresh roasted salsa.

This salsa was also superb with our baked breakfast chimichangas and would be delicious in slow cooker salsa chicken.

I made a bunch while I was at it and froze some to stir into chili this fall. I figured we have at least another month of produce from our garden, so I’ll have plenty of chance to make another batch or two before it’s all over.

bowl of salsa on plate with chips.

What are your favorite uses for salsa? I’d like to know now while I have basically unlimited access to fresh produce. I don’t want to miss out on anything fabulous!

Great recipes that use salsa as an ingredient:

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Hand dipping a tortilla scoop into a glass bowl of thick homemade salsa made from roasted garden fresh veggies.
hand dipping tortilla chip into bowl of fresh roasted salsa.

Super Simple Roasted Salsa

Servings: 12 Servings
Author: Carlee
Take those garden fresh veggies and turn them into a flavorful roasted salsa in just a matter of minutes.  It takes longer to char the veggies under the broiler than it does to do anything else! This is going to be a hit for sure!
4.86 from 7 ratings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 4 pounds tomatoes
  • 1 onion
  • 2 jalapeno peppers seeded and deribbed unless you like it hot!
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon lime juice


  • Spray a rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray.
  • Cut vegetables into half, or large chunks. Place on sheet pan and broil on high for 7-10 minutes or until the skins develop a nice char. Set aside to cool.
    4 pounds tomatoes, 1 onion, 2 jalapeno peppers
  • Once most of the way back to room temperature, place vegetables in a food processor. Add cilantro, garlic, cumin and lime juice.
    2 teaspoons minced garlic, ½ teaspoon cumin, ½ cup fresh cilantro, 1 Tablespoon lime juice
  • Pulse the food processor until you reach your desired consistency and then adjust flavor as desired.
  • Store in the refrigerator.



Serving: 1ServingCalories: 33kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 2gSodium: 8mgFiber: 2gSugar: 4g

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“Cooking With Carlee” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies

Saturday 2nd of September 2017

Strange tomato crop for us this year, but if I ever get any, I am making this. I would love to pull this out of the freezer in the middle of the winter. Yum!


Tuesday 5th of September 2017

We have had a lull in ripe tomatoes for a week or two now, but they came on strong before that and we have another bunch getting ready to ripen now. Fingers crossed for you!


Sunday 27th of August 2017

Hi Carlee, unfortunately my tomato plants didn't survive the heatwave, it went on for too long, but there are still plenty of fresh. local tomatoes around. I quite like the sound of using this salsa to cook chicken in the slow cooker.



Monday 28th of August 2017

Poor tomato plants! I am loving the salsa chicken idea too. I haven't made a batch in a while and it doesn't get easier than throwing it all in a slow cooker!


Friday 25th of August 2017

I have been wanting to try a simple salsa like this for a long time! Thanks for the reminder, I think I have all the ingredients!


Monday 28th of August 2017

Perfect! I love it when all of the pieces just come together like that!


Wednesday 23rd of August 2017

You are right - it is always salsa season, but yes it is fresh salsa season right now and I do have fresh tomatoes and jalapeno peppers. Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe.


Thursday 24th of August 2017

You're more than half way there already then! Thanks, Amy!

Frugal Hausfrau

Wednesday 23rd of August 2017

I love love love salsa! This looks delish and I like the bit of cumin in there. I like to use salsa as a base for some spicy gazpacho, in my Slow Cooker Mexican Honey Lime Chicken. I have a feeling we'll be making a lot of Salsa, too. When I left SD two weeks ago, there were about 65 ripe tomatoes...who knows how many will be there when I get back!!


Thursday 24th of August 2017

Oh my, you are going to be swimming in them! Luckily tomatoes are so versatile and salsa is a great way to use some up!