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How to Roast Tomatoes for Salsa

Roasting tomatoes is a great way to bring out their naturally tangy flavor. When you roast them, you intensify the flavor by adding a smoky and charred taste to them. Roasted salsa is very delicious, and the smokiness from roasted tomatoes and jalapenos makes it even tastier.

Although you can easily buy roasted canned tomatoes, roasting tomatoes at home is far easier and economical as well. You can also store them for later use as well. So, if you are planning on roasting tomatoes at home and wondering how to roast tomatoes for salsa, keep reading to find all the answers below.

What tomatoes work best for roasting for salsa?

Roma Tomatoes

Honestly, there is no hard and fast rule on which tomatoes you should use for roasting in a salsa. The only thing you have to keep in mind is that the tomatoes should be fresh! I love using Roma tomatoes for roasting when making salsa. They are fresh and are readily available throughout the year. However, you can go for cherry tomatoes as well.

When looking for tomatoes for roasting, you should keep a few things in mind. First, the tomatoes should always be fresh. They should also be fully ripe, red, and firm to touch and are free from dark spots. They should have an aroma and should feel heavy when you hold them.

Different ways of roasting tomatoes

air fryer

There are a few different ways to roast tomatoes:

  • Broiler: The easiest and fastest way to roast tomatoes is through a broiler. You can select the “broil” option of the oven or use a broiler as well. Different types of tomatoes have different roasting times, so you will have to keep an eye on them.
  • Oven: Another convenient way to roast tomatoes is in the oven. It will take from 20 to 40 minutes, depending on the size of the tomatoes.
  • Stovetop: You can also roast tomatoes on the stovetop. You can use a griller pan to get a nice char or a cast iron pan works great too. Just remember to flip the tomatoes in the pan so you get them roasted evenly.
  • Air fryer: An air fryer is an amazing kitchen appliance that is very versatile and is a great way to roast tomatoes. Simply place the halved tomatoes in the air fryer and select roast. You can leave them in for 10-12 minutes. Flip them halfway through, and you are done.

Can you store roasted tomatoes?

Absolutely! Once the roasted tomatoes are cool, place them in an air-tight jar and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks. If you want to freeze them, don’t take them off the baking tray…just let them cool on it. Place the same baking tray in the freezer and flash freeze for 3 hours. Transfer the frozen roasted tomatoes into a freezer-safe container and freeze for up to 3 months.

Roasted Tomato Salsa Recipe

Tomoto Salsa Dish

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 7 minutes

Total time: 12 minutes

Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs. Roma tomatoes
  • 1 white onion, diced
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 5 garlic cloves, unpeeled
  • 1 chipotle in adobo sauce
  • 1 jalapeno, deseeded and halved
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro
  • salt, to taste

Instructions

  • Step 1: Start by washing the tomatoes. Remove the crown and let them dry. Using a sharp knife, cut them in half lengthwise. You can remove the seeds from the tomatoes using a sharp knife. However, it is a personal preference. I like to remove the seeds, but you can totally skip doing so.
  • Step 2: Place the tomatoes on a baking tray in such a way that the skin side faces upwards once you arrange the tomatoes; next, place the unpeeled garlic. Also, place halved and de-cored jalapeno skin side up just like the tomatoes.
  • Step 3: Place the baking tray in a broiler/oven and broil for 7 minutes at high temperature until you start seeing blisters on the tomatoes and jalapeno. Don’t worry if you see the vegetables start to blacken. A little color won’t do any harm. You can also roast it in the oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes.
  • Step 4: Once done, take the baking tray out of the oven and let it cool down a bit. Discard the garlic skin and place all the roasted vegetables in a food processor bowl or blender. Add lemon juice, salt, cumin, onion, chipotle, and cilantro.
  • Step 5: Process at high speed until you get the consistency you desire. Blend less for chunky salsa.

Roasted Tomato Salsa Recipe

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 6 mins
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

  • 2 lbs. Roma tomatoes
  • 1 white onion diced
  • 5 garlic cloves unpeeled
  • 1 chipotle in adobo sauce
  • 1 jalapeno deseeded and halved
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • salt to taste

Instructions
 

  • Step 1: Start by washing the tomatoes. Remove the crown and let them dry. Using a sharp knife, cut them in half lengthwise. You can remove the seeds from the tomatoes using a sharp knife. However, it is a personal preference. I like to remove the seeds, but you can totally skip doing so.
  • Step 2: Place the tomatoes on a baking tray in such a way that the skin side faces upwards once you arrange the tomatoes; next, place the unpeeled garlic. Also, place halved and de-cored jalapeno skin side up just like the tomatoes.
  • Step 3: Place the baking tray in a broiler/oven and broil for 7 minutes at high temperature until you start seeing blisters on the tomatoes and jalapeno. Don’t worry if you see the vegetables start to blacken. A little color won’t do any harm. You can also roast it in the oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes.
  • Step 4: Once done, take the baking tray out of the oven and let it cool down a bit. Discard the garlic skin and place all the roasted vegetables in a food processor bowl or blender. Add lemon juice, salt, cumin, onion, chipotle, and cilantro.
  • Step 5: Process at high speed until you get the consistency you desire. Blend less for chunky salsa.

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