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Smoked Tomatillo Salsa

Fire up your Traeger, or whatever smoker you’ve got. Today we’re making a big batch of Smoked Tomatillo Salsa that will blow you away. The rich flavor from the fresh vine-ripened vegetables meets the simplicity of wood-fired cooking to make something more than the sum of their parts. You and your family will love this easy recipe, and will want a batch of it regularly for dipping with chips, loading onto tacos or burritos, or whatever else you can throw at it!

Smoked Tomatillo Salsa

Smoked Tomatillo Salsa Recipe

Homemade salsa isn’t something I really got into until recently. I love the salsa we get at our favorite Mexican restaurants, but struggled to find a good substitute at the grocery store when we didn’t want to go out to eat.

Turns out most jarred salsas are FAR from what you are getting at the local taqueria, and a lot of that has to do with the process that is required for cooking and canning the salsa to make them shelf stable.

This smoked tomatillo salsa recipe is fresh and delicious, with just the right hit of heat to satisfy that part of your taste buds. It is NOT shelf stable or suitable for canning, but it does keep in the fridge for a week and also freezes pretty well too.

The beauty of this recipe, and all my salsa recipes, is that you can really customize it easily to suit your own tastes. Love tomatoes? Add some more! Obsessed with garlic? Throw an extra 5-6 cloves in the batch. Experiment and make it your own!

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Smoked Tomatillo Salsa

Smoked Tomatillo Salsa shopping list

Wondering if you have to hit the store? Here’s the list of items you’ll need to make this recipe. For specific amounts, please refer to the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post.

  • Tomatillos
  • Roma tomatoes
  • Yellow onions
  • Garlic
  • Jalapeño peppers
  • Limes
  • Salt
  • Cilantro

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Smoked Tomatillo Salsa

How to make Smoked Tomatillo Salsa

This is just the overview so you can see what you’re actually getting into here. When you are cooking, you’ll want to use the full recipe at the bottom of the page.



Fire up the smoker and preheat to 175°F.



Wash and prep the vegetables and place onto a prepared baking sheet.



Smoke the vegetables for 30 minutes.



Turn up the heat on the grill to 325°F. Cook the vegetables for another 30 minutes.



Put all the grilled vegetables into a blender and pulse until combined.



Put the blended salsa in the fridge, covered. Chill for at least 4 hours before serving.



Enjoy with chips, tacos, or whatever else you can think up!

Try our original Traeger Smoked Salsa too!

Smoked Tomatillo Salsa

Smoked Tomatillo Salsa FAQ

Can this recipe be made in advance?

Yes! This is a great recipe to make ahead of time. You can make this up to 2-3 days in advance, in fact, and it’ll only get better tasting. With fresh ingredients, it will mold after a while though, so plan on making only as much as you’ll eat in 5-6 days, or freeze the excess.

What’s the best way to store the extras?

Store what you can eat within 5-6 days in the fridge in a sealed container. A canning jar would be a great spot, but please be aware…this recipe is NOT safe for canning as it has NOT been tested by the appropriate facilities. If you want to make a big batch, keep the excess in the freezer instead.

Sure! You can adjust this to suit your own tastes. If you love garlic, toss in a few extra cloves. Want to kick the heat up? Use some spicier peppers in the mix.

Try our Smoked Salsa Verde too!

Smoked Tomatillo Salsa

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Smoked Tomatillo Salsa

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Yield: 12 servings

Smoked Tomatillo Salsa

Smoked Tomatillo Salsa

This easy-smoked salsa has just the right amount of heat and is made with fresh tomatillos and tomatoes.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes


  • 15 tomatillos
  • 5 roma tomatoes
  • 2 medium yellow onions
  • 8 cloves garlic
  • 4 jalapeño peppers
  • 3 limes
  • 1 tablespoon salt (start small and work up if you are sensitive to sodium)
  • fresh cilantro


  1. Wash your vegetables and prep a baking sheet with a light coating of cooking spray or parchment paper.
  2. Preheat your smoker to 175°F.
  3. Smoke the vegetables for 30 minutes. Turn the heat up to 325°.
  4. Let the vegetables continue to grill for an additional 30 minutes.
  5. Put everything in the blender and pulse until combined. Do it in batches if you don't have a large blender.
  6. Taste and add additional salt as needed.
  7. Chill for several hours before serving for the best flavor.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 35Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 532mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 2gSugar: 4gProtein: 1g

Nutrition data provided here is only an estimate.

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Nicole Johnson

Nicole Johnson, a self-taught expert in grilling and outdoor cooking, launched Or Whatever You Do in 2010. Her blog, renowned for its comprehensive and creative outdoor cooking recipes, has garnered a vast audience of millions. Nicole's hands-on experience and passion for grilling shine through her work. Her husband, Jeremiah Johnson, also plays a pivotal role in recipe development, adding his culinary flair to the mix. Together, they form a dynamic duo, offering a rich and varied outdoor cooking experience to their followers.

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