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Fire Grilled Tomato Salsa (Baja Style) #CookoutWeek2016

Summer is in full swing and Manservant is still gone and I haven’t been cooking to much, so I’ve decided to join forces with some fun bloggers for #CookoutWeek2016! I’ve never done this before so I hope you have fun following along, while I attempt to figure all this out. In any case, I do think   some great food will be appearing all this week and there are super great prizes. I mean everyone likes prizes, right?

I am going to try to post every day which will be an amazing feat, if I can pull it off. I’ve never done this in my blog history, so this will be a first also. I have a great Mexican menu planned, all cooked on the grill, from appetizers to dessert, to serve up this week. If you haven’t figured out your menu for the 4th, this may entice you and give you some fun, simple ideas to keep you out of the kitchen.

Over 50 of our blogging friends are coming together to bring you #CookoutWeek – an entire week filled with yummy summer recipes perfect for your next cookout, along with a fun giveaway, courtesy of some awesome sponsors. Check it out!

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It’s pretty much everything you need to host an awesome cookout this summer. It’s a prize pack worth over $300! Thank you so much to all of the wonderful sponsors listed above, who have made #CookoutWeek possible. Personally I want to thank Allison at the PinterTest Kitchen for putting this all together!

Before you enter I want to share with you my very favorite salsa. I’ve been eating this for years at Baja Fresh and have seen countless copy cat recipes for this roasted tomato salsa. It is a cooked salsa, unlike a pico de gallo, and frankly I think it would also make a great gazpacho with a few extra veggies thrown in. (I just might have to try that!) My friend Biz at My Bizzy Kitchen makes a version of this also, but for the life of me I can’t find it on her blog. I don’t know why it took me so long to finally make this stuff, but now that I have I am so happy! And trust me, it is not easy to make me happy!

Check out my recipe below. This makes the perfect everything salsa and is easily made on the grill. I then threw it all in the blender and was amazed at what came out. I used to always quiz the guys at Baja Fresh to tell me the secret and they always made me think it was some gourmet chile that made it so special. Man, did they have me fooled. Nothing out of the ordinary in this salsa. But all these ordinary ingredients do make some extraordinary salsa!

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Fire Grilled Tomato Salsa (Baja Style)
Serves a lot!
Time to Make: About 30 minutes
Adapted from Todd Wilbur (Top Secret Recipes)
14 cold tomatoes (I used Romas and mine weighed out to about 2 lbs) Dice 2 and reserve.
3 jalapenos – remove stem and also seeds if you don’t want this to spicy
3 cloves garlic
1 t salt
1 1/2 c water
Juice of 1 lime
6 T finely chopped white onion
5 T chopped fresh cilantro

Preheat grill to high heat. Place 12 of the tomatoes, stem side down, directly on the grill. Roast the tomatoes over the flame for 10 to 20 minutes or until they are very charred and blackened. Flip over and continue to grill until this side is also charred and blackened. Add jalapenos to grill after you flip the tomatoes for the first time. These will also blacken but make sure to turn them to get all sides charred.

Take the tomatoes and peppers off the grill and place in a large zip lock. Let cool for about 10-15 minutes. When cooled dump tomatoes, peppers, and any liquid into a blender. Add garlic and salt and blend on high speed until pureed. Be careful not to over puree! Add the water and lime juice and blend again until mixed. The salsa darkens as it is chopped finer!

Pour mixture into a container and add the remaining two tomatoes. I pureed my mixture a bit too fine, so I added about 4 diced tomatoes to get this to the consistency I wanted. Add the onions and cilantro-do not be afraid to add more or less, depending on how you like your salsa. Cool in the fridge. As it cools it will develop even more flavor and the water will be more absorbed into the salsa.

A Few More:
Nachos Al Pastor with Pineapple Salsa
Avocado Corn Soup
Red Chile, Chorizo and Cheese Breakfast Enchiladas

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  • Reply
    Wendy Klik
    June 27, 2016 at 4:13 pm

    Sounds amazing. I love salsas of all sorts.

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    La Table De Nana
    June 27, 2016 at 4:13 pm

    I bet the taste is phenomenal..Have fun with this!!

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    Liz Berg
    June 27, 2016 at 4:37 pm

    Mmmmm….I'd be happy to skip dinner and just eat your chips and salsa! I usually make a raw version, but this Baja style looks mighty fine!!

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    Angie Schneider
    June 27, 2016 at 6:06 pm

    It sounds and looks fantastic! Those chips look great too.

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    mimi rippee
    June 27, 2016 at 7:34 pm

    Just beautiful!

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    Kitchen Riffs
    June 27, 2016 at 10:06 pm

    I've never done one of those group blogging things either. Always look like fun, but the timing is never right for me. And blogging every single day? Wowzer! Anyway, this looks terrific — haven't met a salsa I didn't like. This looks like it has terrific flavor — my kind of stuff. Thanks!

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    June 28, 2016 at 1:26 am

    That salsa looks amazing and packed with flavor! *-*

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    Vintage Kitty
    June 28, 2016 at 3:49 am

    I make a salsa like this but I roast it in the oven and it makes the house stink. Never thought to do it on the grill!

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    Amy (Savory Moments)
    June 28, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    I love the looks of this salsa! I bet it's super delicious being fire grilled.

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    June 28, 2016 at 7:43 pm

    Your salsa looks delicious Abbe…indeed packed with flavors…love it!
    Have a great week 🙂

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    June 29, 2016 at 2:27 am

    I can never get enough salsa and this one I could make a meal out of. Can't wait to see what else y'all come up with this week.

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    June 29, 2016 at 10:38 am

    Your salsa looks superbly delicious, Abbe. Have a good day.

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    June 30, 2016 at 3:19 pm

    Loving the idea of a fire flavored salsa!

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