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How to Roast Tomatoes in Air Fryer

This is how to roast tomatoes in air fryer for homemade salsa this is a great kitchen hack that takes no time at all. This air fryer salsa comes out perfect every time.


We love homemade salsa. Figuring out how to roast tomatoes in air fryer is a game changer for this! Throw in an onion and jalapeno, blend and you too can make this easy air fryer recipe at home too. (affiliate links present)

Air Fryer Salsa

I mean who doesn’t love this snack or side dish right? If you’ve never made homemade pico de gallo salsa before get ready, you’ll never buy it again after this.

You can use a Cosori, AirWave, Ninja Foodi or any other brand of machine you might have at home. Make plain with just these favorite red veggies, as spicy as you would like with jalapenos, or super mild with some tomatillos in the same basket.

If you love easy air fryer recipes too, here are some resources to start with:

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Air Fryer Tomatoes

I mean you don’t have to use this method for just salsa, but that is why we love it. In about 15 minutes they’ll all come out perfectly tender. You may want to use this to make homemade spaghetti sauce too. We love that.

  1. Tomatoes
  2. Onion
  3. Jalapeno is obviously optional for some heat
  4. Roasted garlic in air fryer
  5. Cilantro
  6. Salt and pepper for sure, other seasonings are up to your taste buds
  7. You could add hatch chiles too!

Ninja Foodi Roasted Tomatoes

Omit everything other than the tomatoes if that is all you want of course. Once you have this down pat the possibilities of different sauces are endless really. You can make Ninja Foodi Tomatoes a number of different ways but in this case use the lid that is attached and the air crisp button with the basket inside.

If you do make a salsa with all of it it is really killer to make a pot of 4 ingredient Crockpot salsa chicken with it. A super easy and healthy meal we make tacos with or over rice.

air fryer tomatoes

Air Fryer Cherry Tomatoes

BUT if you are here to make homemade Mexican salsa or some other type you love I would recommend getting a small food processor. You don’t need anything elaborate. A hand blender works too but it will be quite smooth.

I prefer it to stay a bit chunky, well a lot chunky really if it were up to just me. That is all up to y’all but the less you blend the thicker it will be. More and it will be a soupier consistency. That’s good for tacos though.

I would add just one or a half of your jalapeno, blend and then taste. You can always add more but toning down the spiciness is near impossible.

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Air Fryer Roasted Tomatoes

Here are a few questions you might have before you get started:

Do you peel tomatoes before roasting?

Not necessary at all and I would recommend saving yourself the time. You can just slip the skins off after they’ve roasted with little to no effort at all. That’s what makes tomatoes in air fryer so great.

How long does it take to cook tomatoes?

Well we aren’t cooking them in the sense that if you boiled them they will completely break down. Roasted tomatoes refers to the skins really getting a nice char and “wilting” a bit.tomatoes

Should I peel tomatoes for sauce?

For sure. If you don’t once you put them into the blender the skins will separate and the texture isn’t pleasing to the palette.

How do you peel tomatoes without boiling them?

Tomatoes in an air fryer is the new method of choice! If you ask me anyway, this is a game changer. SO easy to do and takes no time at all. In just 10 minutes the skins literally fall right off.

Look at how bright and beautiful this is! We do not cook ours at all but you can if you want a different flavor. Both ways are delicious with chips or over the top of pressure cooker carnitas.

air fryer salsa

What can I mix with salsa?

  • Fresh thyme
  • A drizzle of olive oil
  • Some like a bit of vinegar
  • Tobasco
  • Coriander
  • Parsley
  • Diced sun dried tomatoes

Are you supposed to cook salsa?

It is up to you. If you do just blend ingredients you want and then put it in a saucepan over medium heat. It will create a bright, fresh flavor that with a deeper, sweeter flavor. Roasting tomatoes, garlic and/or chiles beforehand creates a rich, smoky flavor.

How to cook oven roasted tomatoes for salsa

First you’ll want to preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

  1. Leave grape tomatoes whole
    1. For plum tomatoes slice in half and remove seeds
  2. Line pan with foil or parchment paper
  3. Place them all on a baking sheet in a single layer with tomatoes cut side facing down
  4. Drizzle oil and sprinkle salt and pepper over the top

Bake for 15 – 20 minutes until they burst!

homemade salsa

Roasted Tomatoes in the Air Fryer

Either one is a great roasted tomatoes recipe to be used inside a pasta sauce or to add into pasta salads. To roast cherry tomatoes it will take less time of course than larger varieties.

Are roasted tomatoes good for you?

For sure! It brings out some of the greatest flavors, and also actually makes them healthier for you.

How long are roasted tomatoes good for?

If stored correctly in an airtight container in your refrigerator they will stay good for up to 2 weeks! That will give you plenty of time to make a variety of recipes. Frozen roasted tomatoes will last up to 6 months.

Roasted Cherry Tomatoes in Air Fryer

Looking for another great idea like this one? Make a batch of air fryer fried green tomatoes another night and let us know what you think!!

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How to Roast Tomatoes in Air Fryer

This is how to roast tomatoes in air fryer to make salsa homemade. This is a great kitchen hack that takes no time at all and comes out perfect.
Course Appetizer, Dip
Cuisine American, Mexican
Keyword air fryer, roasted, salsa, tomatoes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 19kcal
Author The Typical Mom



  • 4 large tomatoes Roma, on the softer side and ripe
  • 1 jalapeno if making salsa
  • 1/4 onion if making salsa
  • 1 clove garlic if making salsa
  • 1 handful cilantro if making salsa
  • salt and pepper to taste, if making salsa


  • If you're just roasting tomatoes, don't add anything other than those. If making salsa you'll add the other items.
  • Preheat to 390F for 5 minutes. Thoroughly rinse the tomatoes, jalapeño, and cilantro and pat them dry. Arrange them in your air fryer basket so they aren't overlapping. Then set time to 10 minutes total.
  • 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 on a plate.
  • Leave the jalapeño and onion in the basket and set for another 3 minutes. This is to help them both soften more. When cooked allow to cool slightly. 
  • 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. 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.


Nutrition Facts
How to Roast Tomatoes in Air Fryer
Amount Per Serving (1 oz)
Calories 19 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 5mg0%
Potassium 221mg6%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 811IU16%
Vitamin C 15mg18%
Calcium 9mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Monday 30th of August 2021

I'm so excited to roast my very own tomatoes to make my favorite from-scratch tomato soup recipe.

The Typical Mom

Wednesday 1st of September 2021

Oh great idea!!


Monday 30th of August 2021

Delicious and so easy, too! Thanks for sharing!


Sunday 21st of February 2021

In your recipe for roasting tomatoes you state to put tomatoes in pan and preheat 5’ then cook 10’. Is that correct? Usually you preheat then add the ingredients. Thanks for clarifying. I love your air fryer recipes. Thanks

The Typical Mom

Sunday 21st of February 2021

OH sorry, my error. Preheat for 5 minutes to get it ready, then add ingredients. Timing from there will vary just a bit depending on size of your veggies. Thank you!

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