Looking for a smoky, delicious salsa recipe? Look no further than this amazing Smoked Salsa prepared on your pellet grill! Tons of flavor from tomatoes, onion, jalapeno, garlic and seasonings. It’s prefect for football season, summer days, taco night or just to snack on.
Homemade salsa already tastes better than anything you can get at the store. But this smoked salsa is next level! Smoking vegetables brings out a rich and and delicious flavor and makes this salsa so addictive.
Add this to your game day menu of beer brats and hamburgers! You can make it the day before the game and allow it chill overnight, and then serve it with your favorite chips. This simple recipe is easy to follow and will give you some of the best salsa out there!
Why You’ll Love Smoked Salsa
- Smoked salsa is the perfect appetizer or side dish to make ahead! Make it one day, or a few days before you need it to save yourself some time.
- This recipe is easily adaptable so that you can make your salsa extra spicy or very mild.
- If you have leftover smoked tomato salsa that you can’t eat with chips before it goes bad, you can use it as a marinade or topping in many different recipes.
Ingredients for this Smoked salsa Recipe
- Roma Tomatoes – Fresh roma tomatoes have the best flavor! They’re perfect for this smoked salsa recipe.
- Jalapeño Peppers – The heat level of jalapeños is great is this smoked salsa, but if you like your salsa extra spicy then you could use Serrano peppers.
- Red Onion – A red onion will have the better flavor for salsa than a white or yellow onion would.
- Fresh Cilantro – Cilantro adds the perfect herby goodness to the flavor pallet of the smoked tomato salsa.
- Lime – Lime juice is a great finishing touch to any good salsa recipe.
- Garlic – Smoking whole garlic cloves brings out a wonderful flavor and takes the salsa to the next level.
- Salt – Be sure you measure out your salt so that your salsa isn’t overpowered with a salty flavor.
How to make smoked Salsa
While your pellet grill is preheating, slice open your tomatoes, onions, and peppers. Add them to a disposable aluminum pan, along with your whole cloves of garlic, and toss them with salt.
Place the pan in the smoker and let it smoke for about an hour and a half. Be sure you stop and toss it a few times during the smoking process.
Remove your smoked vegetables from the smoker and allow them to cool.
Pour the smoked veggies into a food processor and add your fresh cilantro and lime juice. Use the pulse setting on the food processor and blend until it is the desired consistency.
Grab one of your favorite tortilla chips and give that salsa a taste test! Add additional salt if needed.
Serve immediately or refrigerate in a jar for 24 hours to allow all the flavors to meld together well.
How to Serve Smoked Salsa
Storage Tips for Smoked Salsa
Store your salsa in an airtight container or jar in the refrigerator for about a week. Pro-tip, your salsa will actually taste extra good if you leave it in the fridge for 24 hours and allow the flavors to combine well!
Do I have to use Roma Tomatoes?
Nope! We prefer roma tomatoes in this smoked salsa recipe, but you could use beefsteak tomatoes or any others you prefer. Roma tomatoes aren’t as watery as a tomato like a beefsteak so your salsa might have a bit more juice, that’s all.
Why is my Salsa so Thin?
If you end up with really runny salsa, that means you probably blended it too long in the food processor. When you process the ingredients, use the pulse button so that you can stop it when it is the right consistency.
Pro Tips for the Best Smoked Salsa
- To make your salsa experience even better, consider making your own homemade tortilla chips.
- If you like your salsa really spicy, experiment using different peppers to change the spice level.
- Use garden fresh tomatoes, peppers, cilantro, and onions for an extra fresh and inviting flavor!
More Recipes You’ll Love
- This Grilled Corn Salad is crazy good and a great addition to any cookout menu!
- Need a super simple and tasty side dish for dinner? Try making Grilled Zucchini.
- Making BBQ Baked Beans on the Grill is a game changer for summer bbq’s!
- If you’ve never tried Smoked Deviled Eggs, you’re missing out. Check out this recipe.
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- 6 – 8 Roma tomatoes
- 1 medium red onion quartered
- 1 Jalapeno pepper halved
- 3 cloves garlic
- ½ cup fresh cilantro
- 1 lime Juiced and zested
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Preheat pellet grill to 225 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Add your tomatoes, onion, jalapeno pepper, and garlic to a disposable aluminum pan. Toss together and salt.
- Place the pan into the preheated smoker and smoke for 90 minutes. Tossing a couple of times during smoking.
- Remove from the smoker and allow to cool.
- Add the cooked vegetables to a food processor. Add the remaining ingredients (cilantro, lime juice, and zest).
- Pulse in blender until reduced to desired consistency. Taste and add additional salt to taste.
- Serve fresh or transfer to a resealable jar and chill for 24 hours to allow the flavors to combine.