Air Fryer Roasted Tomato Salsa With Queso Fresco

Makes 6 Servings

  • Total Time: 25

When you’re looking for a savory snack packed with veggies and spices, nothing beats salsa with queso fresco. We’re shaking things up with this extra-delicious and easy air fryer salsa recipe. The kickin’ salsa balances the salty, soft and crumbly queso fresco (not to be confused with queso!).


4 Roma tomatoes, cored and quartered

1 red bell pepper, cored, seeded and chopped

1 yellow onion, peeled and chopped

1 jalapeño, seeds and ribs removed

1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce

3 garlic cloves, peeled

2 teaspoons ground cumin

2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoons chili powder

1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves, loosely packed

Juice of 1 lime

1/2 cup queso fresco, crumbled, divided



  1. Arrange tomatoes, bell pepper, onion, jalapeño, chipotle pepper and garlic cloves in the air fryer basket. Sprinkle cumin, salt and chili powder over vegetables.
  2. Close air fryer and cook at 400 degrees F for 20 minutes, periodically shaking the basket to ensure even roasting.
  3. Allow vegetables to cool for 10 minutes before transferring them to the bowl of a food processor.
  4. Add cilantro and lime juice and process the vegetables until they reach your desired salsa consistency (about 30 seconds). Adjust seasoning with salt as needed.
  5. Transfer salsa to an airtight container and refrigerate for at least 8 hours or overnight.
  6. Just before serving, stir 1/3 cup of queso fresco into salsa mixture. Garnish the top of the salsa with the remaining queso fresco and, if desired, some chopped fresh cilantro. Serve immediately.