Smoked Tomato Salsa
A few weeks ago we went to a Mexican/Caribbean restaurant and had a tomato smoked salsa as an appetizer with some chips and it was sooooo good! I get kinda tired of regular salsa so this was a nice change. So oddly enough it wasn’t one of those recipes I immediately thought about making at home. However, when I got my smoker going the other weekend to make a Cuban inspired pork butt – I immediately thought smoked tomato salsa!!! I had tomatoes sitting on the counter, so why not? And I knew it would go really well the pork so it was a no brainer for me. Besides the smoking part – a smoked tomato salsa is just like a regular salsa with red onion, garlic, jalapeño and cilantro. The smoke just gives the salsa an extra level of flavor without adding any fat. I think that might be my favorite part of this recipe.
Now, I know not everyone has a smoker or realistically has time to fire one up on the weekday and even sometimes the weekend when we are training 5 hours a days. BUT – before you stop reading and give up, there are two other options that work really well.
Gas Grill: If you have a gas grill, you can still a good smoke taste with the thin skinned tomatoes. You’ll want to fire up the grill and once hot, place some wood chips under the grate, on some aluminum foil. The gas fire will heat the chips and cause them to smoke. You’ll want to place the tomatoes on indirect heat and smoke for about an hour if you have time or 30 minutes if not.
Stove-top Smoker: This is quite possibly the best thing ever for smoking vegetables are for people that live in apartment complexes. I have the Cameron stainless steel smoker and it works great! You’ll want to follow the directions in the box for getting it going on your stovetop, but you’ll want to smoke them for about an hour. This is also the case for most other veggies too!
You guys all need to give this salsa recipe a try. It has a such a unique flavor and adds so mush bang to any recipe (or taco) without the fat. At the end of the day – isn’t that what we are all going for?
Smoked Tomato Salsa
- 4 vine ripe tomatoes
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1/2 red onion
- 1 jalapeño
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 1 cup fresh cilantro
- Hickory wood chips for smoking
- If you have a gas grill or a stove-top smoker, please look above in the recipe article for those steps. For a smoker - here you go!
- Get your smoker ready by making a pile of charcoal and then setting on on fire. It should take about 30 minutes for the charcoal to be smoldering. While the charcoal is doing it's thing, soak a bunch of hickory wood chips in water.
- Once the charcoal is ready, place a handful of wood chips on the hot coals and then the water and grates. Place the tomatoes (rubbed in olive oil) on the grates and cover. Every 10-15 minutes, add more wood chips on the charcoal.
- After 30-60 minutes (depending on your time) remove the tomatoes and make the salsa.
- Combine the red onion, jalapeño, garlic, cilantro, pinch of salt and tomatoes in a food processor. Pulse until blended and chopped up. Taste and adjust seasonings to your palate.