Smoked Salsa {Without a Smoker}

You’re sure to love this Smoked Salsa {Without A Smoker}. The best part is that you don’t even need to own a smoker! The blend of tomatoes, onions, peppers, seasonings, and liquid smoke is aromatic and delicious. Eat it with some chips, or use your favorite veggies to scoop it into your mouth. 

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Salsa Recipe

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What You Need To Make This Smoked Salsa Recipe {Without A Smoker}

  • Tomatoes
  • Onions
  • Bell Peppers (red, green, & yellow)
  • Jalapeños
  • Lime Juice
  • Garlic Powder
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Cilantro
  • Liquid Smoke

How To Make Smoked Salsa

  1. Mix together the bell peppers, tomatoes, and jalapeños in a grill pan. Mix well. Then place the pan on your grill. Let it cook for 30 minutes and stir on occasion. 
  2. Take the veggies off of the grill and put them in a blender. Be careful, because they will be hot. Blend until it reaches the texture you like. Sprinkle in the lime juice, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Mix and add in liquid smoke if desired. Add fresh cilantro as a garnish, serve, and dig in!

Fiesta Smoked Jalapeño Salsa Tips & Variations

  • Not a fan of cilantro? No problem. Swap it for fresh cut oregano, parsley, or basil. They are all pretty tasty and add a pop of bright green color. 
  • Use any variety of onions you like. Red, white, or yellow are all pretty delicious, so go with what you like. 
  • If you can’t get enough garlic, add some in. Mix in 2-4 minced cloves. You can easily adjust the amount you add, and it always tastes great. 
  • You can make the smoky salsa as thick or thin as you prefer. Leave some chunks if you want, or make it more of a liquid. It’s entirely up to you. 
  • Cut everything close to the same size. Cutting the vegetables into small uniform pieces will ensure that they cook evenly. Using a food processor or mandoline would both be great ideas to consider. 
  • Love sweet salsa? Go ahead and add in some fresh diced pineapple or mango. It’s so delicious and adds a fun element to the smoked salsa recipe.

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Do I Have To Add Lime Juice?

Yes and no. You certainly need to add something with acid to help preserve it. We love the flavor of lime juice, but you can swap it for vinegar, apple cider vinegar, or lemon juice. Try out all of them to see what you like best. 

How Long Does Homemade Salsa Last?

Typically, this smoked salsa recipe will last in the fridge for 5-7 days. Keep it cold except when you are serving, and never let it sit out for longer than 2 hours. Also, make sure it is kept in an airtight container. 

Can I Freeze Salsa?

Absolutely! Freezing salsa is a great way to preserve it and keep it for much longer. Keep in mind that the texture will be slightly different after it’s been frozen, but it’s still tasty. Pour it into a freezer bag, plastic container, or glass jar. Be sure to leave plenty of space at the top for expansion as it freezes. 

Salsa Recipe

What Can I Serve With Salsa?

Oh, the options are seriously endless! Here are some of our top ideas that I think you will enjoy. 

  • On top of steak, fish, or chicken. 
  • With tortilla chips, crackers, or rice cakes. 
  • To keep it extra healthy, serve with carrots, bell peppers, or celery. 
  • Top tacos, burritos, or enchiladas with homemade salsa. 
  • Add it to your eggs to give them some added flavor. 

Unique Salsa Recipes:

Salsa Recipe

Smoked Salsa Recipe {Without a Smoker}

Yield: 4 Cups
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
You’re sure to love this Smoked Salsa Recipe. The best part is that you don’t even need to own a smoker! 


  • 4 tomatoes, diced
  • 2 onions, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 1 orange bell pepper, diced
  • 3 jalapeno peppers, diced
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon garlic powder, or to taste
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons liquid smoke


  1. Combine tomatoes, onions, bell peppers, and jalapeno peppers in an aluminum grill pan. Place the pan on the grill and close the lid for 30 minutes.
  2. Remove vegetables from the grill and place in a blender. Blend to desired consistency. Mix in lime juice, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Taste and add another tablespoon of liquid smoke, if desired. Add fresh cilantro for decoration. 
Nutrition Information
Yield 20 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 18Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 34mgCarbohydrates 4gFiber 1gSugar 2gProtein 1g

I am not a nutritionist. All nutrition values have been automatically generated. If you have questions, please have a professional look at the ingredients and help you with new values.

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