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Elizabeth Garcia | Bluebonnet EC

Ripe, flavorful tomatoes are key to creating the best flavor, Garcia tells us. Grilling the vegetables creates a smoky salsa that’s best enjoyed warm with tortilla chips, smoked chicken or grilled fish.

6 jalapeño peppers
3 tomatoes
1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 teaspoon olive oil, plus more as desired

1. Prepare a grill for direct heat cooking and build a medium-high fire.

2. Grill the jalapeños and tomatoes until blistered, turning as needed for even cooking, then place in a paper sack to steam.

3. Combine the rosemary, garlic and olive oil in a food processor and pulse into a coarse purée, then allow the mixture to macerate for a few minutes. Add seeded, stemmed jalapeños and pulse until the peppers are chopped. Remove to serving dish.

4. Place the grilled tomatoes in the food processor, add a pinch of salt and pulse 4–5 times, then fold into the pepper mixture. Taste for seasonings and adjust salt as desired.

Makes about 1 1/2 cups.

Cook’s Tip

For a spicier salsa, use a combination of serrano and jalapeño peppers and/or leave the seeds in a couple of them. To ensure the vegetables don’t stick to the grill, toss them with enough olive oil to coat before cooking.