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Amazing Air Fryer Salsa Recipe

Did you know that you could do salsa in the Air Fryer? Neither did I! There are so many awesome things you can do in this wonderful machine and Air Fryer Salsa is a super delicious recipe that I am excited to share!

There are so many ways to use salsa, here, we love it with the usual tortilla chips or even plain chips. We are not that original. However, salsa is super versatile! I love it for Mexican dishes like tacos and tostadas but you can even add it to burgers for a flavor explosion!

Air Fryer Salsa: The Perfect Blend of Freshness and Flavor

Welcome to the wonderful world of air fryer cooking, where traditional recipes get an exciting makeover! Today we’re diving into Air Fryer Salsa—a delicious mix of roasted Roma tomatoes, jalapeño pepper, white onion, garlic, and cilantro. The air fryer brings out the deep flavors and slight sweetness, all complemented by a pinch of salt. This salsa isn’t just a side; it’s the star of any meal or gathering.


Can I Use a Different Type of Tomato?

Yes, feel free to substitute with other tomato varieties, but Roma tomatoes are especially juicy and full of flavor, making them ideal for salsa.

Is Jalapeño Pepper a Must?

You can adjust the heat level by using a different type of pepper or omitting it altogether.

Tips and Tricks

  • Preheating the Air Fryer: For best results, preheat your air fryer before adding the ingredients.
  • Ingredient Size: Chop the vegetables in similar sizes to ensure even cooking.
  • Salt to Taste: Always remember to taste and adjust the seasoning before serving.

Something about the way the onions and the tomatoes and the cilantro mix that create magic every single time. So good!


  • Fruity Twist: Add diced pineapple or mango for a tropical flair.
  • Garlic Lovers: Roast an additional clove of garlic for a more robust garlic flavor.

Where to Serve

This air fryer salsa is the perfect appetizer for any occasion, be it a laid-back BBQ, family dinner, or even game day. It also makes for a fabulous topping on grilled meats and fish.


Store any leftover salsa in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week. If you wish to preserve it for longer, freezing is also an option.

Common Problems and How to Avoid Them

  • Too Watery: If your salsa turns out too watery, it could be because the tomatoes had too much moisture. Drain off the excess liquid or use a slotted spoon when serving.
  • Uneven Cooking: Make sure the ingredients are evenly spaced in the air fryer to ensure that they cook uniformly.

Tips for Making This Recipe with Kids

  • Kid-Safe Knives: Let kids use safety knives to help chop softer ingredients like tomatoes.
  • Measuring and Mixing: Teach them to measure the salt and mix the salsa. It’s a fun and engaging way for them to learn basic cooking skills.

The versatility of the air fryer is truly unlimited. Lately we have been using our air fryer more than ever from satisfying our KFC cravings, to dinner entrees to so much more! The only thing about the air fryer that is not so fun is the cleanup afterwards–even though it’s non stick–when we cook bbq chicken there is a lot of stickiness everywhere!

What do you need to make Air Fryer Salsa?

  • 4 large Roma tomatoes which are best when they’re soft and ripe
  • 1 large jalapeño pepper** (For a milder taste feel free to use a small jalepeno, or remove the seeds–that way you can still get the flavor without all of the heat)
  • 1⁄4 of a medium-small white onion, peeled
  • 1 large clove of garlic, peeled
  • handful of cilantro leaves
  • pinch of salt, adjust to taste

What you will also need to bring it all together is a good food processor. You “roast” some of the vegetables inside of the air fryer, let them cool a bit then let the food processor bring it all together.

RelatedDelicious Air Fryer Roasted Vegetables

I absolutely adore my food processor, especially with all this extra cooking happening around here. It cuts down my chopping and prepping by so much! I call it my favorite little non human sous chef. 🙂

Here is the recipe for Air Fryer Salsa, and let me know how you much you love it! I also want to know if you used it as a dip, or as a topping–or both! 

Topping Options

  • Extra Herbs: Fresh basil or oregano can add a different flavor profile.
  • Cheese: A sprinkle of cotija cheese adds richness and a different layer of flavor.

Why This Recipe Works

  1. Flavor Amplification: The air fryer roasts the vegetables to perfection, concentrating their flavors and bringing out their natural sweetness.
  2. Quick and Easy: Using the air fryer cuts down the cooking time significantly, making this a fast and easy recipe.
  3. Versatility: This salsa works beautifully as a dip, a condiment, or even a topping, making it highly versatile.

So why wait? This air fryer salsa recipe will soon become your go-to for a mouthwatering, homemade salsa that’s high on flavor and low on effort. Perfect for sharing… although you might just want to keep it all for yourself!

Here are some more amazing air fryer appetizers to try?

Amazing Air Fryer Salsa
Yield: 1 bowl

Amazing Air Fryer Salsa

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes

Air Fryer Salsa is a super delicious recipe that you can use as an appetizer, a topping or as a yummy addition to any dish!


  • 4 large Roma tomatoes, best when they’re soft and ripe*
  • 1 large jalapeño pepper**
  • 1⁄4 of a medium-small white onion, peeled
  • 1 large clove of garlic, peeled
  • handful of cilantro leaves
  • pinch of salt, adjust to taste


  1. Thoroughly rinse the tomatoes, jalapeño, and cilantro and pat them dry. Arrange the tomatoes, jalapeño, onion and garlic in your air fryer tray. Set the temperature to 390F and set time to 10 minutes.
  2. At the 5 minute mark open the air fryer and carefully flip the ingredients. Once timer goes off, very carefully remove the tomatoes and garlic and set either in your serving bowl or on a plate.
  3. Leave the jalapeño and onion in the basket and set the temperature to 390F and 3 minutes. This is to help them both soften more when cooked allow to cool slightly.
  4. Place the jalapeño, onion, garlic clove and salt in a food processor and pulse for a few minutes until you end up with smallish chunks.
  5. Next add the cilantro and tomatoes and again pulse until you have a slightly chunky salsa – you can make it as
    smooth or chunky as you’d like.
  6. Serve with baked corn chips or as desired. Enjoy!


* Salsa tastes best when you use softer, ripe tomatoes. If you use hard or unripe ones it won’t taste as good and also won’t yield as much salsa.

** For a milder salsa use a small jalapeño and make sure to remove the seeds and veins – you can do this
by slicing it in half (lenghtwise) before putting in the air fryer.

*** For those that don’t own an air fryer you can also put the ingredients under the oven broiler until charred.

You’ll notice that when made under the broiler the ingredients will have blacked or charred, but you won’t see that result with an air fryer. Also the broiler salsa will have little specs of the blackened veggies, you could peel before putting in the food processor if you’d like, or leave them for extra flavor.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 19Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 43mgCarbohydrates 4gFiber 1gSugar 2gProtein 1g

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