Grilled Tomato Salsa

Carlos Meijia


  • large tomato
  • serrano pepper
  • green onions
  • 1 3/4 Cup  tomato salsa
  • 1 Teaspoon  sea salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon  black pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon  diced yellow onion
  • 1/2 Tablespoon  chopped cilantro
  •   Oil, as needed

This classic molcajete recipe comes from famed Latin chef Richard Sandoval, and despite it being a chef recipe, it's easy. Using store-bought tomato salsa as a base, it uses fresh tomatoes and spicy serrano peppers to make it fresh and bright. 


On a grill or in a pan over high heat, roast the tomato until charred. Set aside and let cool. Roast the serrano pepper until charred and remove from heat. When tomato has cooled, finely dice and divide. Remove the stem from the serrano pepper and finely dice. Blend 1/2  of the chopped tomato with the serrano pepper to make a paste.Oil the green onions and lightly sauté until browned and cook through, then finely dice. 

In a bowl of a food processor, add the salsa, other 1/2 of the chopped tomato, serrano paste, salt, and pepper and process until smooth. Mix in the green onions, diced onion, and cilantro and process for another 30 seconds. Let cool, cover, and refrigerate until ready to serve. 


Calories per serving:

31 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Balanced Low Fat Abs, Sugar Conscious, Vegan, Vegetarian, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free, No Sugar Added

Daily value:



  • Fat 15g 24%
  • Carbs 43g 14%
  • Saturated 1g 6%
  • Fiber 12g 49%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 25g
  • Monounsaturated 9g
  • Polyunsaturated 5g
  • Protein 10g 19%
  • Sodium 5,550mg 231%
  • Calcium 188mg 19%
  • Magnesium 102mg 25%
  • Potassium 1,906mg 54%
  • Iron 3mg 17%
  • Zinc 1mg 9%
  • Phosphorus 222mg 32%
  • Vitamin A 215µg 24%
  • Vitamin C 49mg 82%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 17%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 13%
  • Niacin (B3) 7mg 33%
  • Vitamin B6 1mg 54%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 72µg 18%
  • Vitamin E 9mg 47%
  • Vitamin K 114µg 143%
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