Recipe By France C
Published Apr 30th
Prep 15m Cook 10m Additional 10m Ready In 35m
Servings 6 servings Calories 29.7

This simple restaurant-style salsa is made with vegetables that are first roasted in your air fryer. Roasting adds an extra depth of flavor, while mellowing the usual bite you’d get from the onion and garlic. If you have an air fryer with a smaller basket, you can halve the recipe or roast the veggies in 2 batches. The longer you let the salsa sit, the better it becomes!

Recipe Ingredients

  • 4 Roma tomatoes, halved lengthwise
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, halved and seeded
  • ½ red onion, cut into 2 wedges
  • cooking spray
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled
  • ½ cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • salt to taste

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Preheat the air fryer to 390 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  2. 2 Place tomatoes and jalapeno skin-side down into the air fryer basket, along with red onion. Lightly spray vegetables with cooking spray to help the roasting process.
  3. 3 Air fry vegetables for 5 minutes. Open basket and add garlic cloves. Spray lightly with cooking spray and air fry for an additional 5 minutes.
  4. 4 Transfer vegetables to a cutting board and allow to cool for 10 minutes.
  5. 5 Remove skins from tomatoes and jalapeno, if desired; they should slip right off. Chop tomatoes, jalapeno, and onion into large chunks and add to the bowl of a food processor. Add garlic, cilantro, lime juice, and salt. Pulse several times until vegetables are finely chopped; do not over-process. Serve at room temperature or refrigerate to let flavors meld.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 29.7
  • Carbohydrate 6.8 g
  • Fat 0.3 g
  • Fiber 1.9 g
  • Protein 1.3 g
  • Sodium 33.5 mg
  • Sugar 3.3 g

Chef's Notes

For a spicier salsa, leave some or all of the seeds in the jalapeno.


  1. This recipe is fabulous!
  2. This is fantastic! The salsa has a roasted flavor that is perfectly balanced. The next time I will seed the tomatoes to give it a thicker consistency. I will also use a spicier pepper for more heat, even though the jalapeno is perfect for a mild salsa. Excellent recipe, just excellent.
  3. I was looking for an easy recipe to make salsa the way my BIL's wife does. This was it! So delicious! Although I didn't use an air fryer, I made the recipe as directed after roasting the tomatoes, garlic, onion, and a large jalapeno on the grill. My jalapeno was actually quite hot and lended - Read more ...
  4. Outstanding! This is absolutely delicious. So easy and simple to make. This is one of those recipes where you stop and say to yourself 'Now why didn't I think of that?' The only change I made was I used 4 Serranos instead of 1 jalapenos because I like my salsa very spicy. Thanks so much - Read more ...

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