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Salsa Tatemada Recipe (Fire-Roasted Salsa)

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This Salsa Tatemada lets you enjoy the same rich, smoky, and spicy flavors of fire-roasted salsa without using a grill. It’s so easy and ready in 30 minutes!

No grill? No problem!

This charred roasted salsa cooks the tomatoes, chiles, onion, and garlic in the oven, so it’s almost hands-free. 

The perfectly charred veggies are then cooled and blended in the food processor, resulting in the most amazing, complex salsa you’ll ever make.

Why settle for store-bought if this recipe is done in just 30 minutes?

Salsa Tatemada

Did you know you can make delicious Mexican-inspired recipes without meat or dairy? Check out these crispy black bean sweet potato baked burritos and vegan nachos, best served with Salsa Tatemada. 

Why You’ll Love This Salsa Tatemada Recipe 

  • Fire roasted salsa is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser with its delicious blend of smoky and spicy flavors. Ditch the jarred, watery salsa and go for this homemade, flavor-packed salsa. 
  • You won’t need a charcoal or gas grill to make this Salsa Tatemada. Your roasted vegetables will easily achieve an amazing char in the oven!
  • This charred roasted salsa is versatile and goes with everything! Serve it with chips, burritos, tacos, quesadillas, and Birria, or use it as a base for soups, casseroles, and stews.
fire roasted salsa

Ingredients And Substitutions

Plum tomatoes – These meaty tomatoes are perfect for Salsa Tatemada, but you can also use cherry tomatoes or even tomatillos!

Serrano chile peppers – How hot do you like your salsa? Feel free to use different chile peppers, including dried ones like Chile de Arbol. If you want to tone down the heat of your homemade salsa, you can also roast red peppers and add them to the blend.

White onion Sweet yellow onion will also be delicious in this slightly chunky, fire-roasted salsa.

Garlic – Two words: Charred garlic. Need I say more?

Olive oil – Olive oil helps get that nice, crisp finish on the roasted vegetables. 

CilantroFresh cilantro provides a pop of freshness that complements the flavors of the charred vegetables.

Lime juiceBrighten your roasted salsa with a little bit of lime juice!

SaltA hint of salt really brings out the deep-roasted and charred salsa flavors.

Water – To help with blending.

Salsa Tatemada recipe ingredients

Tips For Making This Recipe

Roast on a Flat Baking Sheet

Place your roasted veggies on a flat baking sheet—don’t use a deep tray—to get the perfect charred finish.

Use a Grill

You can also cook the vegetables on a gas or charcoal grill over medium-high heat. The trick is not to flip them too much. Instead, roast the veggies until they’re tender and slightly crisp with charred skin.

Storage Tips

Transfer leftovers to an airtight container and refrigerate for up to a week. You can also freeze Salsa Tatemada in a freezer-safe container for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight before serving.

charred roasted salsa

Fire Roasted Salsa Recipe FAQs

What is Salsa Tatemada?

Salsa Tatemada is a rich salsa that’s full of smoky and spicy flavors from the roasted tomatoes, chiles, onion, and garlic. Looking for a more authentic way to make this salsa? Roast the veggies in a comal (Mexican flat griddle), then combine them in a molcajete (Mexican-style mortar and pestle.)

Is Salsa Tatemada spicy?

Salsa Tatemada is spicy, but it has a more complex flavor profile. Besides the heat and smoky flavors, this salsa also has a bit of sweetness and tanginess from the caramelized veggies. 

How do you tone down spicy salsa?

Always remove the seeds and membranes of your hot peppers so your salsa won’t get too spicy. You’re also free to customize your condiment and offset the heat with some sweet mangoes.

What kind of chiles are used in fire-roasted salsa?

Salsa Tatemada features Serrano chiles, but you can also use dried and fresh chiles like habanero peppers, jalapeno chiles, or chipotle peppers!

Is it okay to make charred roasted salsa the day before?

Of course! Just refrigerate your charred salsa and enjoy it within a week. This will actually allow everything to meld together for a better-tasting salsa.

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Salsa Tatemada

Salsa Tatemada Recipe (Fire-Roasted Salsa)
This Salsa Tatemada lets you enjoy the same rich, smoky, and spicy flavors of fire-roasted salsa without using a grill. It's so easy and ready in 30 minutes!
Lyza
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 465°F.
  • Arrange the tomatoes, chiles, onion, and garlic on a baking sheet. Drizzle them with olive oil and toss to coat.
    step 2 charred salsa
  • Roast the vegetables for 20 minutes.
    step 3 Salsa Tatemada recipe
  • Remove the chile stalks and garlic skins. Cool the roasted veggies, then transfer them to a food processor. Add the cilantro, lime juice, salt, and 1/3 cup of water.
    step 4 Salsa Tatemada recipe
  • Blend in short pulses until you reach your desired consistency—some prefer it slightly chunky! Transfer your Salsa Tatemada to a bowl and enjoy.
    step 5 Salsa Tatemada recipe

Notes

  • Place your roasted veggies on a flat baking sheet—don’t use a deep tray—to get the perfect charred finish.
  • You can also cook the vegetables on a gas or charcoal grill over medium-high heat. The trick is not to flip them too much. Instead, roast the veggies until they’re tender and slightly crisp with charred skin.
  • Transfer leftovers to an airtight container and refrigerate for up to a week. You can also freeze Salsa Tatemada in a freezer-safe container for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight before serving. 

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