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Fire-Roasted Salsa

Fire-Roasted Salsa is a restaurant-style salsa that only takes minutes to make in the blender and really packs in the flavor.

Chip dipping into fire-roasted salsa.

Since Cinco De Mayo is right around the corner, my mind has been on Margaritas, tacos, guacamole, and Tres Leches Cake.

After doing inventory, I realized there is no salsa recipe on Spicy Southern Kitchen. Had to fix that!

My favorite salsa to make at home is this Fire-Roasted Salsa using canned fire-roasted tomatoes. They give salsa a wonderful smoky flavor. Using canned tomatoes instead of roasting tomatoes saves tons of time but doesn’t sacrifice flavor if you use a good quality canned tomato.

This salsa is like the one you would get at a Mexican restaurant, but it has so much more flavor. It’s really thick and not watered down at all.

Fire-Roasted Salsa- super easy restaurant-style salsa that takes only minutes to make in a blender.

I add plenty of garlic, onion, green chilies, cilantro, and a jalapeno for heat. Plus some lime juice and cumin. A teaspoon of sugar helps tone down the acidity of the tomatoes.

Ingredients Needed

  • 2 cans Fire-Roasted Diced Tomatoes
  • Diced Green Chiles- I just use half a can.
  • Red Onion
  • Fresh Garlic
  • Jalapeno
  • Cilantro
  • Lime Juice
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Cumin
  • Olive Oil
Fire-Roasted Salsa- super easy restaurant-style salsa that takes only minutes to make in a blender.

Recipe Tips

You can use a food processor ninstead of a blender.

To be on the safe side, use disposable gloves when you cut the jalapeno. If you want less heat, get rid of the seeds and white membrane.

Fire-Roasted Salsa- super easy restaurant-style salsa that takes only minutes to make in a blender.

Make-Ahead and Storage

Fire-Roasted Salsa is best made at least a few hours before serving so the flavors have a chance to blend. It can be kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 5 days.

Fire-Roasted Salsa- super easy restaurant-style salsa that takes only minutes to make in a blender.

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Fire-Roasted Salsa- super easy restaurant-style salsa that takes only minutes to make in a blender.

Fire-Roasted Salsa

Fire-Roasted Salsa is a restaurant style salsa with tons of flavor. Only takes minutes to make in a blender.
PREP: 10 minutes
COOK: 0 minutes
TOTAL: 10 minutes
SERVINGS: 8 Servings



  • 2 (14.5-ounce) cans diced fire-roasted tomatoes
  • 1/2 (4-ounce) can diced green chilies
  • 1/2 medium red onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil


  • Place all ingredients into blender, except olive oil. (I like to add the onion, garlic, and jalapeno first. They seem to get chopped up better if they are on the bottom.)
  • Pulse until everything is finely chopped but not completely pureed.
  • Place in a bowl and stir in olive oil.


Nutritional info is provided as an estimate only and will vary based on brands of products used. 


Calories: 48kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 0.3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 478mg | Potassium: 33mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 475IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 1mg
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Cinco de Mayo, tomatoes

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9 thoughts on “Fire-Roasted Salsa”

  1. The easiest to make and SO GOOD. Flavors are spot on. I’ve been making this for a year now and it never disappoints. People constantly ask for the recipe.

  2. This salsa was AMAZING!!! I did omit the sugar just because I am doing the Whole 30 right now, but it was perfect without it! My husband loved it and he’s super picky about his salsa! Thank you for this recipe.

  3. Ashley@CookNourishBliss

    Chips + salsa is one of my greatest weaknesses! haha I cannot stop eating once I start! So good. This fire-roasted version sounds amazing!

  4. Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction

    We love using fire roasted tomatoes in salsa! I know this would be a hit at our house!

  5. Sarah @Whole and Heavenly Oven

    Oh man, this salsa looks insaaaaaaanely good, Christin! So perfect for serving alongside tacos once Cinco de Mayo rolls around! 😉

  6. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    I can never resist a good salsa, especially when it’s chunky! This fire roasted version sounds so flavorful, Christin! I love it!

  7. Medha @ Whisk & Shout

    This looks delicious- those fire roasted tomatoes really add a lot of flavor without much effort! 🙂

  8. Ever since making salsa myself I just can’t eat the store-bought stuff anymore. It’s just not the same.
    This salsa looks so tasty. The fire-roasted tomatoes sound so good. Perfect for Cinco De Mayo!

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