Caramelized Onion & Roasted Red Pepper Salsa

by Erin

Salsa isn’t only about the tomatoes. Add some flavor with caramelized onion and roasted red pepper! And it’s easy to make.

Caramelized Onion & Roasted Red Pepper Salsa 1

So, I definitely scheduled all my social media posts for today before actually completing the actual post, so my apologies to anyone who has tried clicking over to view this salsa recipe today! Apparently I forget about everything else when I find myself surrounded by two adorable nephews who live on the other side of the country. But more about them later! Today you must whip up this salsa and bring it to whatever Fourth of July party you are attending, even if your only plans are to sit on a blanket in the grass to watch fireworks. All you have to do is caramelize the onions and then everything gets thrown into the food processor (or blender) and just like that you will have people flocking around you to get some.

Caramelized Onion & Roasted Red Pepper Salsa 2

One year ago: Sour Patch Kids Cake

Two years ago: Fruit & Yogurt Popsicles

Three years ago: Shortbread Cookies


Makes approximately 4 cups


1 Tbsp unsalted butter

1 medium vidalia onion, chopped

1-1/4 tsp salt, divided

1 tsp brown sugar

2 large tomatoes, chopped

12 oz. jar of roasted red bell peppers, drained

2 jalapenos, cut in half and seeds removed

2 cloves garlic

1 lime, zested and juiced

Half a bundle of fresh cilantro

1 tsp tomato bouillon


  1. In a large skillet, add butter and melt over medium-low heat. Add onions and 1/4 teaspoon of salt; stir until coated in butter. Cover and cook for 45 minutes, stirring every 5-10 minutes. After 45 minutes, stir in the brown sugar and let cook for 5 minutes more. Remove onions from heat and allow to cool.
  2. When the onion has cooled, add all ingredients to a blender or food processor and pulse until you reach a desired consistency. Adjust seasonings to taste.
  3. Serve with your favorite tortilla chips.

Source: Adapted from my Caramelized Onion Dip and Homemade Salsa.

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Joanne July 5, 2015 - 8:24 am

Is there anything that caramelized onions doesn’t make better?! Love this!

spiffycookie July 6, 2015 - 8:06 am

I am willing to take the challenge to see how many things it makes better.

Medha @ Whisk & Shout July 4, 2015 - 6:47 pm

Looks delicious! And I looooove those chips- are they the veggie flaxseed ones from TJ? So yum!

spiffycookie July 6, 2015 - 8:07 am

Indeed they are! I love those and the quinoa black bean ones.

Jess @ whatjessicabakednext July 4, 2015 - 1:28 pm

This salsa looks divine! I love the caramelised onion flavour! So good – pinning to try soon! :D

spiffycookie July 6, 2015 - 8:08 am

Thanks Jess I hope you enjoy it!


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