The Best, Simple Recipe for a Spicy and Smoky Tomato Salsa

Posted by on Jul 7, 2012

For once, I don’t have much to say.  This post is little more than a recipe for my best salsa recipe.  It’s so utterly simple that it’d be silly not to make it – right now.

The best simple smoky salsa recipe by Melody Fury Photography. Food, Drink, Restaurant Photographer and Writer in Vancouver BC and Austin TX

My spicy and smoky salsa made with ingredients you already have at home

The key to this salsa is charring the tomatoes, jalapenos, and garlic to smoky blackness.  Blackening the ingredients intensifies the earthiness and umami.  Once that’s done, it’s just a matter of whizzing it up and balancing the flavours with some brown sugar, lime juice, olive oil, and salt and pepper.

Using 4 jalapeno peppers with the seeds and membrane intact makes one spicy salsa.  It’s a slow, lingering heat that doesn’t burn.  It does, however, keeps everyone reaching for more.

I don’t suggest using less peppers because it’ll jeopardize the kick.  But if you can’t take the heat, remove the seeds and membranes before putting them in the food processor.

If you prefer, you can char the ingredients on the grill instead of under the broiler.  It can get a little smoky in the kitchen but it’s well worth it.

The best simple smoky salsa recipe by Melody Fury Photography. Food, Drink, Restaurant Photographer and Writer in Vancouver BC and Austin TX

This versatile salsa is not only perfect for chips.  Dress meat and fish with it for a punch of smoke and heat.

The Best Simple Recipe for a Spicy, Smoky Tomato Salsa

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Tomatoes
  • 3-4 Jalapeno peppers
  • 10 cloves Garlic
  • 3/4 cup Olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Brown sugar
  • 1/2 Lime, juiced
  • Salt and pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to broil and place the oven rack in the middle.
  2. Spread the tomatoes, jalapeno peppers, and garlic on a baking sheet. Broil until blackened. Turn the ingredients and continue to broil until all the surfaces are charred.
  3. Place the roasted ingredients into a food processor and add the brown sugar and lime juice. Purée until smooth while drizzling in the olive oil.
  4. Season with salt and pepper.

 

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  • Teresa

    So easy and fancy at the same time…and I love my heat!

  • http://www.gourmetfury.com/ Melody Fury

    Girl, you’ll love this one. Your apartment might get smoky though!

  • http://www.facebook.com/DeganWalters Degan Walters

    this sounds goooooooooood!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/DeganWalters Degan Walters

    uh, that was my comment, not sure why it didn’t sign me in.

  • http://www.gourmetfury.com/ Melody Fury

    It worked just fine, Degan! Give it a try. It’s super simple and doesn’t even require a roaster.