Roasted Jalapeño Salsa
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5 from 3 votes

Roasted Jalapeño Salsa Recipe

Intensely flavored pan roasted jalapeño salsa which packs some heat. The peppery flavor of the jalapeños is front and center and enhanced by onion, garlic, cilantro and lime juice. It's easy to make and a great addition to your salsa repertoire.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: dip, jalapeño, salsa, spicy
Servings: 2 cups
Calories: 43kcal
Author: Douglas Cullen


  • 9 large jalapeño peppers
  • 1/2 large white onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 12 sprigs of cilantro
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 1 tsp + to taste salt
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil


Roasting and Blending

  • Heat a dry pan to medium hot and add the jalapeños, onion, and garlic.
  • Cook until the peppers are completely blackened, about 20 minutes. Remove from the pan.
  • Cut the stems off of the jalapeños and place them in your blender.
  • Remove the garlic cloves from their husks and add to your blender.
  • Add the onion and cilantro, 1/4 cup of water, lime juice, and 1 tsp. salt.
  • Blend for 30 seconds. 

"Seasoning the Salsa"

  • Heat 2 tbsp of cooking oil to medium hot in the same pan that you roasted the jalapeños.
  • Pour the blended salsa into the hot oil. This step is called "seasoning" the salsa.

Cooking the Salsa

  • After 1 minute in the hot oil, reduce the heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes. This deepens and intensifies the flavor.
  • After 15 minutes, take and adjust the salt if needed.


Oven Roasting the Peppers
You can also oven roast the jalapeños. Place them on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil and then cook them for approximately 30 minutes turning once.


Serving: 1/4 cup | Calories: 43kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Fat: 3g | Sodium: 50mg | Sugar: 2g