Time for Noms: Roasted Salsa

I love snacking, and especially when Hubby and I get together with lots of friends, snacks are required. I just so happened to have way to many tomatoes on hand, and no desire to make tomato glut sauce, when we made plans to hang out and have game night with friends. Salsa it is! I even went all out and roasted veggies for this stuff, but we’ll get to that in a minute. You will need:

Tomatoes, onions, garlic, jalapenos, 1 avocado, rotel (aka canned tomatoes with chilis), and some lime juice. Some people add cilantro, but I didn’t feel like it.

Let’s start with the garlic and onions. I used 3 big cloves of garlic. Chop off a small amount of the bottom end, like a quarter inch, but leave the peal on it. Set them on aluminum foil, drizzle a little olive oil over top, then wrap them up. I used about a 1/4 onion, drizzle in olive oil and wrapped in foil as well.  

Both of these go into the oven or toaster oven for 45 minutes at 350 degrees. They take quite a while, so get that started first.

For the jalapenos, I cut them in half and removed all the seeds. I was then scared to touch my face all day, for fear of getting jalapeno juice in my eye. I used tongs, and held each individual piece over the fire on my gas stove to char the hell out of them. I probably should have burned them even more than this, because the flavor got somewhat diluted in the final product. If you don’t have a gas stove, you could use a grill, or maybe broil them in the oven, but I haven’t tried that, so don’t take my word for it. (No, I totally didn’t nibble that jalapeno at the bottom of the picture. Probably)

Here is my beautiful onion, out of the oven:

And the GORGEOUS garlic:

This stuff smelled amazing, and I want to put it in everything now.

Into the food processor went tomatoes, (now peeled) roasted garlic and onion, avocado, roasted and some raw jalapenos, a chunk of raw onion as well, the drained can of tomatoes, and a dash of lime juice. I blended all that together, then added Sriracha and some garlic salt to taste.

It did come out kind of brown, but that’s from all the green veggies mixing with the red tomatoes. I only wish there had been more of a smokey flavor, but I think blistering the jalapenos more would have helped with that. It was great though. This would be great to bring to a July 4th party!


July 3, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , . Cooking.


  1. Travis replied:

    It Tasted Great! Very Sweet with a hint of spice. Very good!

    • thatcleverchick replied:

      Thanks! I think the sweetness came from the roasted onion and jalapenos. It wasn’t something I planned, but it worked out well.

  2. Samuel F. Moultrie replied:

    OMG that looks so good. What flavor Rotel did you use? That stuff can be hot as hell…

    • thatcleverchick replied:

      I think I used medium, but I probably should have used hot. It was a little too mild for me.

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