Smoked Salsa Recipe

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This Smoked Summer Salsa is a fresh update on your classic salsa recipe! It is still loaded with chunky tomatoes, diced onions and of course cilantro, but the ingredients are smoked first which adds a delicious flavor to this classic favorite for game days, parties and more!

Ok ya’ll, this is the BEST  salsa recipe and it is so unbelievably simple to make it will blow your mind! I know what you are thinking…”How can you make a basic salsa recipe better”…well let me tell you!

This Salsa Recipe is not your usual..the ingredients are first Smoked which gives this salsa an upper hand at your next BBQ! Everyone will love the unique flavor in this Summer Favorite!

This Salsa Recipe is not your usual..the ingredients are first Smoked which gives this salsa an upper hand at your next BBQ! Everyone will love the unique flavor in this Summer Favorite!

My hubby got himself a smoker last year and has been obsessed with finding new ways to make old favorites, and after talking with my cousin (who is also a very big smoker fan…hey Trev!) he decided he was going to try smoking some of the ingredients for our salsa. We were having our family over this past weekend for a summer BBQ, as we recently got a pool, and want to take advantage of every nice weather day we have (haha) we live in Canada after all…we only get a few months of nice weather! If you don’t have a smoker, don’t worry! There is a way around this, with the same results.

For this recipe you will need: hot house tomatoes, vidalia onion, cilantro, lime juice and kosher salt. 


Look at the blistering on that tomato…mmm!

I can’t tell you the amount of compliments this salsa recipe received, honestly I have to say I was a little shocked (you always expect someone to not like what you’ve made…well at least I do). I made a huge bowl (see below) and there wasn’t a single scoop left at the end of the party. Everyone commented on how incredible the light smoke flavor was, and the freshness of the ingredients really speak for themselves. You only need a few ingredients, most of which you probably already have on hand, and you are on your way to the most epic salsa that has ever hit your lips…I promise!


Okay, enough with the teasing shots of fresh ingredients, lets get this recipe started!

smoked salsa recipe 

Smoked Summer Salsa Recipe

Smoked Summer Salsa is a fresh update on your usual salsa recipe! The ingredients are smoked first, adding delicious flavor to this classic favorite!
Course Appetizer, Snack, Starter
Cuisine American, Mexican
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 40kcal
Author Melissa


  • 4 Tomatoes Hot House
  • 1/2 med Vidalia Onion
  • 1 bunch Cilantro
  • 2 tsp Lime Juice
  • pinch Kosher Salt


  • Wash tomatoes and cilantro thoroughly
  • Preheat your smoker (or BBQ, see how to do it this way on the blog!) Place whole tomatoes and onion on the grill, leave to smoke for 30 mins
  • Allow tomatoes and onion to cool before chopping
  • Finely chop cilantro (about 1/2 of the bunch) and mix with tomatoes, onion and lime juice in a medium bowl. Add salt to taste.
  • Let sit in fridge for 1 hour before serving and serve with tortilla chips

So, remember how I said you didn’t need a smoker to make this salsa? Well, here is what you can do instead.

Use a small foil pan covered in foil and poked with holes (the ones from the dollar store work great) or Smoker Box made for your BBQ

You will also need Wood Chips  (there are a TON of flavors available)!

  • You place the the smoker box directly over an unlit burner (which requires you to lift the grill grate, then place the grate on top. Turn the BBQ on medium-low so it cooks at about 250 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • And “smoke” away! It only takes about 20-30 minutes for the tomatoes to begin to blister and the onions to soften. This is when you want to take them off and let them cool.

Do you know what would go perfectly with this salsa recipe?? A drink from my Top 10 Summer Drinks post I did the other month! I think the Jalapeno Infused Bourbon would actually be perfect right about now…hmm!

I hope you give this recipe a try, it will become your new go to recipe for gatherings guaranteed!


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23 thoughts on “Smoked Salsa Recipe

    • oliveblogger says:

      That is wonderful!! The fresh ingredients from your garden will make it even better (no pesticides!). Let me know what you think…if you can put the chip down of course 🙂

    • oliveblogger says:

      It really is incredible! And with the light smoked flavour it really throws your guests taste buds into a happy place!!

  1. n says:

    Hey! this is a good recepie. for me there i will use some jalapeño chili too. im mexican i like spicy salsa. you can also smoke the tomatoes and onions on the stove witbout the foil.

    • oliveblogger says:

      The addition of the jalapeno sounds great!! We had kiddos here that day so I kept it family friendly for the little ones, but next time the heat will be added thanks for the tip!

    • oliveblogger says:

      I hope you guys love it as much as we do! It is such a nice update to the original salsa we all normally make!!

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