Perfect Chargrilled Tomato Salsa with garlic

Whole tomatoes, onion, and raw peppers are charred over the heat of an open flame.  They are tossed with a squeeze of citrus, cilantro, and a healthy amount of fresh cut garlic until……Bam!  Salsa.  Amazzzzzing Salsa.  Chargrilled Tomato Salsa.  By far the best salsa I’ve ever made.  So good in fact, I may never make salsa any other way again.  Except maybe this way, which is fantastic too, but in a different way.  

Grilled tomato and jalapeño for chargrilled tomato salsa
Grilling the Tomato just brings us to whole other level of salsa.  The kind of salsa that makes you want to lick your fingers, and the bowl.  Which you totally can, no judgement whatsoever.  The heat seems to trap the garlic and citrus so perfectly, that you’d think they had been marinating together for much more than a few seconds.  (Or however long you are able to wait before eating it).

Chargrilled tomato salsa with fresh garlic
I used this pretty yellow and orange stripy pepper.  It appears to be a fairly new creation, that is suppose to be fun for kids with its bright colors. I did not notice a taste difference in this stripy pell pepper, so any red, orange, or yellow bell pepper will work just as well in its place.

Orange yellow bell pepper chargrilled tomato salsa 

Chargrilled Garlic Tomato Salsa
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Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 4

Whole tomatoes, and peppers are charred over the heat of an open flame, then tossed with a squeeze of citrus, cilantro, and a healthy amount of fresh cut garlic to complete one outstanding Chargrilled Tomato Salsa.


  • 4 large Tomatoes
  • 1-2 jalapeño (depending on your preferred heat)
  • 1 red Bell Pepper
  • 1/4 red onion
  • 1 bunch Cilantro, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped or crushed
  • 1/2 fresh squeezed lemon
  • Sea Salt to taste


  1. Grill Tomatoes, Jalapeños and Bell Pepper untill slightly charred on both sides (5-10 min)
  2. Remove from grill and chop
  3. Toss with remaining ingredients


Leftovers can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days.

If Chargrilled Tomato Salsa is something you’d like to try, don’t keep it to yourself.  Make it easier for your friends to discover and Pin it to your Pinterest!  (Maybe they’ll make it at your next dinner gathering) It’s a win win. 

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