Recipe: Smoky Tomato Salsa

Smoky Tomato Salsa

makes about 4 cups


  • 4 canned chipotle chilies in adobo (plus 1 Tablspoon adobo sauce)
  • 28 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup sliced onion
  • 4 Tablespoons honey
  • 6 Tablespoons tomato paste (6 ounce can)
  • 4 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 2 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 1/2 cup orange juice (from orange)
  • 1 teaspoon salt


Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor (I used the processor).


Blend/puree all the ingredients until the mixture is smooth.


Dump mixture into a saucepan and bring to a boil (medium heat).

Lower the heat and simmer for about 5-7 minutes. Season with extra salt to taste.


Pour the sauce into a jar or other container. Chill before eating. The salsa can keep in the fridge for about 3-4 weeks.

STS - smoky tomato salsa

I am a fan of chunky salsa, but this was a very good recipe! It was different than any salsa I’ve had before, but I LOOOOOOOVE salsa and this hit the spot!


Original recipe from Men’s Health Magazine.

About the Author

By , on Mar 13, 2012
Andy Tenton
Andy is a 30-something New Yorker who turned his financial life around. He took charge of his finances, got out of debt, and is now working his way toward financial success. He is the publisher of

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  1. 101 Centavos says:

    The honey is a nice touch. I might favor fresh garlic over pre-minced garlic, but that’s just a personal preference.

    • Andy says:

      Impressive…you must know your food. Is there really a noticeable difference between the fresh and pre-minced?

  2. This sounds amazing. And I’ve been putting salsa on my eggs for years (also use it instead of salad dressing), too!

  3. I might have to try this because I am not a big fan of chunky salsa!

  4. Daisy says:

    Fresh salsa has to be one of my favorite things in the entire world.

    • Andy says:

      @Daisy and @GenY – I hope you enjoy it! I don’t mind smooth salsa as long as it doesn’t just taste like tomato sauce. If it actually tastes like salsa then I’m down!

  5. says:

    Ummm …. mouth watering 🙂

  6. That looks delicious!! I love salsa with scrambled eggs. It’s such a great, low-calorie way of adding flavor.

    • Andy says:

      Yes! Scrambled eggs and on omelets….yummmmm!

      I will say that I don’t think this salsa would be good on eggs. It does taste a little different than normal salsa; it’s worth giving it a shot though!

  7. Shilpan says:

    I agree with Anthony. I’m vegetarian and I love salsa. Lately, I have been passionate about cooking so I will give this a try.

    • Andy says:

      Shilpan, we’re passionate about cooking as well and we’ve shifted from a mostly vegetarian diet as well. Hopefully you’ll enjoy some of the other recipes I throw out there!

  8. Katie says:

    I love salsa and that looks like a recipe that I can actually make. Although I’ve never heard of adobo (is that bad?)

    • Andy says:

      Not bad at all! I’d never heard of adobo before trying this. I asked my wife and she knew instantly…but I had no clue.
      They’re reddish/brown peppers soaked in some chipotle-like sauce (the adobo).

      Hope you like it!

  9. Your salsa looks very appetizing, frugal, easy to make. Most important, it looks very healthy: no sugar, oil, and not a lot of salt. I may just try to make it myself. Thanks for sharing it.

    • Andy says:

      Thanks! Hope you enjoy it! As I’ve mentioned to everybody else, it has a different flavor but I thought it was tasty.

  10. CultOfMoney says:

    That looks delicious! I’m more a fan of the smooth / blended salsa than the chunky myself, but I’m not a huge fan of just raw tomatoes, so that’s probably part of it. I’ve been on quite the guacamole kick the last few months, so any time I’ve got a hankering for chips and some type of dip, it’s been the guac recently, but this recipe really looks great, and may bust me out of the chip rut. Thans for sharing!

  11. Andy, your salsa looks delicious. My husband loves chipotle chilies in adobo and I can see that the ingredients in your salsa are very low in sugar as well.

    I am going to print it out and give it a try. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    • Andy says:

      No problem Sicorra! I will say that it was a little different taste than normal but I enjoyed it. I did eat it all in two days. haha. 🙂

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