If you’re looking for a simple way to improve your Netflix snacks, you have to make this air fryer salsa. This recipe has simple ingredients that burst with flavor. No air fryer? No problem I have broiling instructions as well.
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Air Fryer Salsa
I’ll be the first to admit it, I’m one of the pickiest eaters. Yes, me. A recipe developer, blogger, and (soon to be) holistic nutritionist.
One of the foods I can’t stand…tomatoes. I can’t do raw tomatoes what so ever.
That’s why this air fryer salsa is just so darn perfect.
I typically purchase jarred salsa (Kirkland Organic is my favorite) but nothing beats fresh (whether it’s salsa, guacamole, or whatever you’re cooking for dinner).
Is Salsa Healthy?
Salsa is absolutely healthy, especially when it’s homemade. The ingredients are simply vegetables, herbs, and a little salt.
When buying a jarred or canned salsa, it’s best to read the ingredients and make sure that there is no added sugar or a lot of preservatives.
Some great store bought salsas:
If salsa gives you heartburn try omitting the jalapeno. If it’s the tomatoes that flame it up and you ate it anyway, try these tips to relieve heartburn.
What airfryer is best?
I’ve used a few brands and they all work well:
One of my favorites is the Ninja Foodi. I just love that it’s a one stop shop: pressure cooker, slow cooker, air fryer, and more.
How to broil vegetables for salsa
No air fryer? No problem, simply broil the veggies on a sheet pan until charred.
You’ll notice that the broiler will leave the ingredients with a char, but you won’t see that result with an air fryer.
You can peel the veggies before adding the charred veggies to the food processor if you would like to remove the black specs or you can leave it for added flavor.
What to serve with salsa
This salsa will keep in the fridge for 3-5 days in an airtight container. Here are some options on what you can do with it:
- Tortilla chips and dip (if you can’t have corn or wheat try these grain-free tortilla chips)
- Serve them with tacos (like this rotisserie chicken tacos)
- Make this turkey taco skillet
How to make salsa in an air fryer
If you do have an airfryer, roasting the vegetables are quick and easy.
Below on the recipe card, you’ll find the step by step instructions. If your airfryer doesn’t have specific temperature controls (390F) then use what it gives you (high, medium, low) and check on the vegetables every few minutes.
Don’t forget, if you’re looking to establish healthy habits (like adding more vegetables to your diet in fun and tasty ways) be sure to secure a spot in the 30 Days to a Healthy Habits Challenge.
Air Fryer Salsa
- 4 large Roma tomatoes best when they’re soft and ripe (see notes)
- 1 large jalapeño pepper** see notes if you're sensitive to spice
- 1/4 medium-small white onion peeled
- 1 large garlic clove peeled
- 1 handful cilantro leaves
- pinch sea salt adjust to taste
- Ensure that your tomatoes, jalapenos, and cilantro are dry. If you recently washed them, pat them until all water is gone. Lay the tomatoes, jalapeño, onion, and garlic in your air fryer tray. Careful not to stack them. Set the temperature to 390F and air fry for 10 minutes.
- 5 minutes into the cooking process, open the air fryer and flip the ingredients.
- When the full 10 minutes is up remove the tomatoes and garlic and set aside.
- Leave the jalapeño and onion in the basket and set the temperature to 390F and cook for another 3 minutes to soften it up a bit more. Let cool for 2-3 minutes.
- Transfer the jalapeno, onion, garlic, and salt into a food processor or high speed blender. Pulse until you get medium sized bits.
- Add the cilantro and tomatoes and pulse until you reach your desired sized salsa – you can make it as smooth or chunky as you’d like. I like mine smoother.
- Serve with baked corn chips, Sieta tortillas, or as desired.