Roasted Tomato Salsa
Why bother with jarred salsa when a smoky, spicy homemade batch is so simple? This fast, easy recipe uses the broiler for an extra layer of charred flavor and a blender to bring it all together. Use it to sauce up some Chiles Rellenos or Mushroom and Chile Tacos, or for dipping tortilla chips.
Game plan: For a milder salsa, seed and devein the chile before broiling. For a spicier version, add another serrano chile.
This recipe was featured as part of our No-Fail Mexican Favorites for Cinco de Mayo.
- 1 pound Roma tomatoes, cored and halved
- 1/2 medium white onion, cut into 1/2-inch slices
- 2 medium garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
- 1 medium serrano chile, stemmed
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more as needed
- 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh cilantro
- 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lime juice, plus more as needed
- 1Heat the broiler to high and arrange a rack in the upper third of the oven.
- 2Place the tomato halves skin-side up on a baking sheet. Scatter the onion, garlic, and serrano around the tomatoes. Broil until the tomato skins start to blacken and blister, about 7 minutes. Transfer the vegetables to a blender, add the measured salt, and blend into a smooth purée. Transfer to a medium heatproof bowl and let cool to room temperature.
- 3Stir in the cilantro and lime juice, taste, and season with more salt and lime juice as needed. Store in the refrigerator in a container with a tightfitting lid for up to 4 days.
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