Smoked Salsa

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This Smoked Salsa is an amazing way to enjoy classic salsa infused with smoky flavor. Fresh tomatoes, jalapeno, onion, and garlic are smoked and then blended with herbs and spices to create a salsa that packs a punch.

glass jar full of salsa with text overlay that reads "Smoked Salsa."

Homemade Smoked Salsa

I love to make homemade salsa. Even better than homemade salsa is this homemade smoked salsa. Here at Hey Grill Hey we like to smoke just about everything, salsa included. It’s a great way to use up fresh tomatoes (especially when your crop is ripe from your garden!), and it is great as a appetizer, as well as topped high on breakfast burritos, tacos and so much more. I personally think it would taste killer on my Grilled Sweet Potato Nachos. If a recipe calls for salsa, I highly recommend trying this smoked version.

Smoking the tomatoes, garlic, onion, and jalapeno straight on the grill grates gives you a rich, smoky flavor that really rounds out your salsa. Believe me when I say smoking the vegetables first really takes this salsa to a crazy delicious level. Fresh salsa is delicious on its own, and this added smoke gives is that final kick of BBQ flavor that is definitely worth trying.

tomatoes, jalapenos, and a purple onion sliced and on the grill grates inside the grill.

Ingredients for Smoked Salsa

This salsa only requires 7 ingredients. It’s incredibly tasty, and unlike any salsa you’ve ever had before. In my opinion, this salsa tastes amazing with fresh-picked tomatoes from your garden. In fact, I’m eyeing a few in my backyard that are just begging to be smoked and made into this salsa.

  • Steak tomatoes
  • Red onion
  • Jalapeno
  • Garlic cloves
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Lime juice
  • Salt

a tortilla chip filled with a scoop of smoked salsa.

How to Make Smoked Salsa

Smoked salsa takes a little bit of extra work and prep time vs. making fresh salsa, but I feel it is totally worth it. Follow these steps to make your own smoked salsa at home:

  1. Prep the veggies. Cut the tomatoes and onion into large wedges that won’t fall through your grill grates. Remove the seeds and ribs from your jalapeno if you want a milder salsa, and leave them in if you’re wanting some extra heat. If you are worried about your veggies slipping through the grates on your smoker, leave the big wedge slices of the tomato on the grates and put the rest of the veggies in a vegetable basket.
  2. Smoke! Place the veggies directly on the grill grates of your smoker (or in the vegetable basket) and smoke for 90 minutes at 225 degrees F.
  3. Blend and enjoy. Add the smoked tomatoes, onion, jalapeno, and whole garlic cloves to a blender jar or food processor. Add in the cilantro, lime juice, and salt and pulse until blended. I like to leave my salsa a bit chunky, but feel free to blend until it reaches your desired consistency.

This salsa can be eaten immediately if you like hot salsa, or you can allow it to cool for 24 hours in a lidded glass jar. This salsa tastes amazing when allowed to rest for a day to let the flavor mix and meld well, but I totally understand if you can’t wait a day before diving into this amazing treat.

wooden bowl full of smoked salsa, surrounded by a plate of tortilla chips.

More Fresh Salsa Recipes

I’m a big fan of salsa to add some spice and sweetness to my recipes. Check out these other recipes that use a fruit salsa to give them a kick of flavor:

Himalayan Salted Flank Steak with Grilled Pineapple Salsa
Cedar Plank Salmon with Mango Salsa

Smoked Salsa Recipe

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Smoked Salsa

By: Susie Bulloch (
5 from 12 votes
This Smoked Salsa is an amazing way to enjoy classic salsa infused with smoky flavor. Fresh tomatoes, jalapeno, onion, and garlic are smoked and then blended with herbs and spices to create a salsa that packs a punch.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time1 hour 40 minutes
Servings2 cups



  • 1 pound steak tomatoes cut into wedges with middle stem removed
  • 1/4 cup red onion cut into a wedge
  • 1 jalapeno cut in half
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • juice of 1 lime
  • salt to taste


  • Preheat your smoker to 225 degrees F.
  • Place tomatoes, onion, jalapeno, and whole garlic cloves directly on the grill grates. Close the lid and smoke for 90 minutes.
  • Add smoked tomatoes, onion, jalapeno and whole garlic to a blender jar or food processor. Add in the lime juice, cilantro, and salt and pulse until salsa reaches desired consistency.
  • Add salt to taste. Eat immediately if you like hot salsa. For cold salsa, transfer to a lidded glass jar and refrigerate for 24 hours before serving. This salsa tastes great when allowed to sit for a bit of time to allow all the flavors to combine.


Calories: 62kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 17mg | Potassium: 632mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 2505IU | Vitamin C: 45mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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Susie is the BBQ Brain behind the Hey Grill Hey website. Her passion for smoked meats and developing fun, new recipes have landed her on the Food Network, cooking turkeys with Shaq, and on a couple of Guinness World Records. When she’s not grilling, she is hanging out with Todd and their three kids, preferably outdoors!

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  1. Caleb smith says:

    After making the salsa and putting in half pint jars warm can they set out at room temperature or do they all need to be refrigerated?

    1. Hey Grill Hey says:

      Yes, you’ll want to store them in the fridge. You want to refrigerate them for 24 hours before serving. The recipe card explains this, just in case you can’t find this comment again later.

  2. Brian says:

    What would be the recommended wood type?

    1. Hey Grill Hey says:

      Any wood you like will work great with this recipe. If you want more smoke flavor, go with something like post oak or hickory.

  3. Cathy Landsiedel says:

    I let the smoked stuff cool and then blend with raw cilantro, green onions, a jalapeño and a can of chopped green chiles.

  4. Marcie says:

    My son and I made this before Christmas and it turned out amazing. We made it on my husband’s grill that has a smoker option. Next time we will let it smoke the veggies a little longer. But everyone who tried it chose the smoked homemade salsa over the store bought. Going to try and grow tomatoes and peppers this summer and can some salsa for the winter and for Christmas gifts. Thank you for this recipe.