Grilled Salsa

Taking the ingredients of a standard salsa and grilling them gives this popular Mexican salsa a deeper rich flavor.

The tomatoes and chilies can be grilled directly over any open flame such as a campfire or gas stove, alternately they can be cooked over a hot grill.

Feel free to use your preferred combination of chilies to make the recipe as mild, or as hot as you like it.

Grilled Salsa Recipe

Taking the ingredients of salsa and grilling them over a camp open fire gives this popular Mexican salsa a deeper rich flavor that can’t be achieved at home.
Preparation 15 minutes
Cook 30 minutes
Ready in 45 minutes
Servings 4 Servings
CourseSide Dish


  • 4 tomatoes
  • 2 mild chilies such as poblano
  • 1 hot chili such as a jalapeno, to taste
  • 1 bunch cilantro (coriander)
  • 1 lime or 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt


  • flame from grill, fire or gas stove


  • Prepare the fire, grill, or gas stove to hot heat, then place the tomatoes and chilies on.
  • Turn the tomatoes and chili frequently so the skin blackens and starts to peel. When cooked all over remove from the fire and put in a sealed plastic bag. (This lets the steam from the hot tomatoes and chilies to continue cooking them, making the skin easier to remove)
  • Remove the skin from the tomatoes and chilies, then dice as finely as possible. Finely dice the leaves from the cilantro.
  • Combine the tomato, chilies, cilantro, lime juice, olive oil, and salt. Let sit for about 10 minutes for the flavors to combine before serving.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 46kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 2gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 300mgPotassium: 400mgFiber: 2gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 1420IUVitamin C: 59mgCalcium: 23mgIron: 1mg

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Outdoor cooking has been Saffron’s passion since she was young, often choosing to go camping and cook hearty meals over fire rather than stay inside, watch TV, and eat take-out. Today she is the driving force of Bush Cooking bringing the skills of cooking outdoors to thousands of people.

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