Isn’t it amazing that salsa is the #1 condiment in the United States? We love salsa in our house. Whether it’s a chunky pico de gallo, or a smoky salsa verde – we have yet to meet one we diddn’t like. This recipe is no exception. When I came across it on my friend Josie’s site, I knew it was going to be a winner. First of all, it’s Rick Bayless. The man moved to Mexico for 6 years to better learn the cuisine. He knows his salsa, folks.

I also loved the addition of fire-roasted tomatoes as the base. I like using good quality canned tomatoes for the restaurant style salsas that I’ve made in the past, so I knew the flavor could only be amplified by using the fire-roasted variety. The store only had fire-roasted tomatoes with garlic on shopping day, so I adjusted my recipe by reducing the amount of fresh garlic in the recipe by a couple of cloves. My changes are reflected below. The tomatoes lended a smokey sweetness, and the cilantro and lime juice just made it so bright and fresh. Made a nice sized batch that stored in the refrigerator wonderfully for a few days!


  1. Posted September 21, 2011 at 5:52 PM | Permalink

    This looks absolutely delicious. I love salsa and could basically eat it on anything 😀

  2. Posted September 21, 2011 at 8:02 PM | Permalink

    I really like how rustic this dish is, homemade salsa is hands-down the best.

  3. Tina
    Posted September 22, 2011 at 7:03 AM | Permalink

    Gosh,I’d love to dip a chip in there right now. BTW, your boys are adorable!

  4. Posted September 22, 2011 at 10:28 AM | Permalink

    This really looks like a fantastic salsa. I love the use of fire-roasted tomatoes – they’re my favorite kind. I don’t know why I never thought of using them to make a homemade salsa!

  5. Posted September 25, 2011 at 10:59 PM | Permalink

    I love those fire roasted tomatoes. They sound perfect for salsa!

  6. Jennifer
    Posted November 15, 2011 at 10:29 PM | Permalink

    I made this tonight and it was amazing!! Thank you so much for posting.

  7. Posted May 15, 2012 at 7:37 PM | Permalink

    Found you via Pinterest – this salsa looks delicious and I can’t wait to try it! I eat salsa every. single. day.

  8. Kelly
    Posted May 16, 2012 at 10:40 AM | Permalink

    This sounds great! I would’ve liked the recipe with fresh tomatoes as I will have an abundance soon in my garden.

  9. Hilde
    Posted May 17, 2012 at 12:39 AM | Permalink

    We love Salsa and this one is very good

  10. jediblink
    Posted May 17, 2012 at 7:23 AM | Permalink

    I can just imagine how good this is. wish we had fire roasted tomatoes in our country. I wonder if it would come out as good if I roasted fresh tomatoes. sigh…

    • Laura
      Posted May 17, 2012 at 10:37 AM | Permalink

      Jediblink, I think it would be even better!

  11. Posted May 17, 2012 at 9:20 AM | Permalink

    This looks divine! I’m excited to share with our family of gardeners on Facebook, with fresh tomatoes of course! Found you via Pinterest. Lovely work. ~Mary Beth, Bonnie Plants

  12. wilma
    Posted May 17, 2012 at 10:03 AM | Permalink

    Hi Laura,

    Saw your recipe on pinterest and I made it! It was great (I live in the netherlands) hope to read more of your recipes.

    gr. Wilma

  13. Nancy
    Posted May 17, 2012 at 4:52 PM | Permalink

    I just found your ~ wonderful ~ site… Your salsa recipe looks sooo good, will have to try it !!
    Thanks sweetie for sharing…

  14. Sharon
    Posted May 18, 2012 at 10:12 AM | Permalink

    Unfortunately the commissary at our overseas base does not carry canned fire roasted tomatoes. :/ So, I will be making them myself! I love the smokey flavor and refuse to use regular canned tomatoes. Hopefully it works!

  15. Teri
    Posted May 18, 2012 at 12:34 PM | Permalink

    This is a “must try” this weekend!

  16. Posted May 19, 2012 at 1:17 PM | Permalink

    I pinned you! This looks absolutely delish.

  17. Peggy
    Posted May 20, 2012 at 2:51 PM | Permalink

    Just in time for the party picnic table.

  18. michelle
    Posted May 24, 2012 at 3:10 PM | Permalink


  19. Amanda
    Posted June 5, 2012 at 12:26 AM | Permalink

    I have made it numerous times and it disappears quickly! Ended up having to double it when I make it! Thanks for posting such a great recipe!

  20. Posted June 7, 2012 at 5:29 PM | Permalink

    pinned! Gorgeous!

  21. Sara
    Posted June 11, 2012 at 3:44 PM | Permalink

    I made this for the first time two weeks ago and fell in LOVE! I actually made about 10 Mason jars since and taken them to parties and other events. People just rave over the amazing flavor. Done a mild version and a hot so far and will continue to make this salsa for years to come!
    Thanks for such an amazing recipe!

  22. Leslie
    Posted September 6, 2012 at 7:52 PM | Permalink

    This looks amazingly yummy! Am canning some salsa recipes for family and friends…will definitely give your recipe a try! Thanks for sharing! So glad I found you on Pinterest. 🙂

  23. Donna Ward
    Posted September 14, 2012 at 2:16 PM | Permalink

    Just wanted to say…. love the looks of this easy recipe… I am always looking for something homemade, healthy, easy and delicious…this is a must!!! lol!!

  24. Cynthia
    Posted September 17, 2012 at 3:28 PM | Permalink

    just wondering how much garlic do I need – listed the jalapenos but not the garlic. Thx oodles – can’t wait to make this.

    • Laura
      Posted September 17, 2012 at 7:00 PM | Permalink

      Cynthia, it’s two cloves. You must have missed it, it’s the second ingredient listed. Enjoy!

  25. tricia
    Posted September 24, 2012 at 8:49 AM | Permalink

    do you know if this can be canned with a water bath? or is it only for fresh consumption? thanks!

  26. nadine & eleanor
    Posted November 30, 2012 at 7:12 PM | Permalink

    My mother & I tested this recipe with very few modifications. After roasting the garlic and peppers, we decided to seed, but not peel the peppers. We also used 1/2 teas. of garlic salt, 1/2 teas. sea salt, and 1/2 teas. black pepper. Our family go-to salsa recipe was put to shame with this new version!!! We are both Texans who very much appreciate a spicy dish…our fav wine is now cooling our mouths as we type this.

    • Laura
      Posted November 30, 2012 at 7:32 PM | Permalink

      I’m so glad you ladies enjoyed it. Cheers!

  27. Kelly
    Posted February 10, 2013 at 7:58 PM | Permalink

    Sounds wonderful. Just curious, what does rinsing the onions do?

    • Posted February 11, 2013 at 8:45 AM | Permalink

      It makes them a little more milder in flavor. I thought it kind of odd too, but that’s my best guess.

  28. Posted March 16, 2013 at 5:20 PM | Permalink

    I am making it tonight and I can’t wait to try it. I love fire-roasted salsa. I am from Texas and I am very picky about my salsa. I will let you know how my family likes it!

  29. Posted March 16, 2013 at 5:39 PM | Permalink

    O.K. I just finished the salsa and I can say 2 thumbs up! like I said, we are picky, pace is glorified ketchup, other salsas just aren’t quite there. I am going to add a little chipotle powder for more smoky flavor.

    • Posted March 17, 2013 at 9:32 AM | Permalink

      So glad your family enjoyed it, Lynnette! I think some chipotle powder for some additional smokiness would be a great addition – you could always use a canned chipotle pepper too!

  30. Ron Rogers
    Posted June 8, 2013 at 6:40 PM | Permalink

    This looks delicious. With it being BBQ weather I fire up the BBQ with some Mesquite briquettes. I roast Roma tomatoes, ears of corn with husks soaked in water, yellow onion sliced, a couple of Jalapeños, and a red sweet pepper. Smokey, spicey, and sweet.

  31. Sussi
    Posted September 6, 2013 at 8:20 AM | Permalink

    This is so sad!! I love salsa recipes, but I tend to stop reading when I come up to “can of fire roasted tomatoes”. I grant you, this might be good. However, it’s sad to hear that you took it from Rick’s site. I thought he didn’t do much canned stuff.
    I will try it the way you describe it here, since the picture looks delicious. Who knows, maybe my Mexican food snobbishness might convert to settle for easier and faster.

    • Posted September 6, 2013 at 8:41 AM | Permalink

      Well, Sussi – I hate to be the one to break it to you, but most Mexican restaurants aren’t peeling fresh tomatoes in the back to make their house salsa. I have a great pico de gallo recipe on the site, if that’s more of what you’re looking for.

  32. Posted April 3, 2014 at 2:00 PM | Permalink

    Made this last night…wonderful!

  33. gandolina
    Posted March 22, 2015 at 1:16 AM | Permalink

    Add some cumin. I’d broil-roast the jalapeno and garlic . and I love the idea of adding some chipotle

    • Posted March 23, 2015 at 11:16 AM | Permalink

      I don’t care for cumin in my salsa. You get a great char on them from toasting in the pan. That’s the wonderful thing about salsa – so easy to add your own spin on it! 😉

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