Smoked Salsa

Smoked Salsa

Smoked salsa is an elevated version of your favorite condiment. You get that spicy tomato flavor with garlic, fresh cilantro, and bursts of lime-fueled acidity, but everything has a lot more depth. Just prep, smoke, and blend. You’ll have a delicious salsa to enjoy with chips, tacos, or whatever else you like before you know it.
Servings 8
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes


  • Z Grills 1000D3E Wood Pellet Grill
  • Z Grills Hickory Wood Pellets
  • Large Bowl
  • Wire Baking Rack
  • Tongs
  • Blender


  • 1 pound steak tomatoes
  • ½ red onion
  • 1 jalapeno
  • 5 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  •  ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • Zest of 1 lime
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro


  • Stem the tomatoes and quarter them.
  • Peel the papery skin off the onion and cut it in half, so you have two wedges.
  • Remove the stem from the jalapeno and cut it in half. For less heat, remove the seeds and ribs. For more heat, leave them intact.
  • Transfer the tomatoes, onion, jalapeno, and garlic to a large bowl. Drizzle with oil and sprinkle with chili powder; toss to coat.
  • Preheat your Z-Grills (preferably with branded hickory wood pellets) or other wood pellet grill to 250 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Transfer the tomatoes, onion, jalapeno, and garlic to a wire rack and transfer it to the grill.
  • Close the lid and smoke for 1 hour. Flip halfway through cook time.
  • Transfer the tomatoes, onion, jalapeno, and garlic to a blender or food processor with lime zest, juice, salt, black pepper, and oregano.
  • Pulse until your desired texture is achieved. Stir in the cilantro.
  • Serve as desired.


Half the limes and transfer to the wire rack cut-side up to smoke with the remaining ingredients for additional smoky flavor.
Calories: 50kcal
Cost: 10
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Smoked

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