Authentic Fire-Roasted Tex-Mex Salsa


It has taken me years to perfect this recipe. Los Cucos is my favorite TexMex restaurant in Houston, and I used to eat there every 2 weeks, just so I would order a pint of red salsa to go to take home with me. I was addicted to the stuff, it's the best salsa in the world. I finally mastered my own version, which tastes nearly identical to Los Cucos's red salsa.

Authentic Fire-Roasted Tex Mex Salsa
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
1 pint


  • cooking spray

  • 5 large Roma tomatoes, halved lengthwise

  • ¼ large white onion

  • 1 jalapeno pepper, stem removed

  • cup chopped fresh cilantro

  • 1 lime, juiced

  • 1 ½ teaspoons garlic salt, or to taste


  1. Set an oven rack about 6 inches from the heat source and preheat the oven's broiler to high.

  2. Spray a 9x13-inch glass casserole dish with cooking spray. Arrange tomatoes in the prepared dish with cut sides down. Add onion and jalapeno.

  3. Broil until tomato skins are blackened and blistered, 10 to 15 minutes. Remove onion and jalapeno halfway through cooking time, once skins are slightly softened.

  4. Combine broiled vegetables in a blender; add cilantro, lime juice, and 1 teaspoon garlic salt. Pulse until smooth. Taste and season with remaining garlic salt as desired.

Cook's Notes:

Use 8 small Roma tomatoes if you can't find 5 large ones.

For a spicier salsa, feel free to add more jalapenos.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

14 Calories
0g Fat
3g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 14
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g 0%
Sodium 343mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 10mg 49%
Calcium 10mg 1%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 138mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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