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Chirmol Guatemalteco - Charred Tomato Salsa

Chirmol - Guatemalan Tomato Salsa

This popular Guatemalan tomato sauce features juicy charred tomatoes mixed with onions, cilantro and mint. It's so delicious and versatile, it's quite possibly the only salsa you'll ever need.

Course Sauce
Cuisine Guatemalan
Keyword chirmol, chirmol Guatemalteco, chismol recipe, easy Guatemalan recipes, Guatemalan red sauce, tomato salsa
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 23 kcal
Author Michele Peterson


  • 6 fresh tomatoes Roma
  • 1/3 cup onion white chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh cilantro chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh mint chopped
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice freshly squeezed
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • chile Cobán or chiltepe


  1. Char the tomatoes in a dry skillet (without oil or liquid), over charcoal on a grill or on a comal at medium-high heat until dark brown.

  2. Finely chop the onions, cilantro and mint.

  3. Roughly chop the tomatoes.

  4. Combine the ingredients in a bowl.

  5. Add lime juice ( chiles if using) and salt. Mix gently with a spoon.

  6. Taste and adjust seasonings, if needed.

Recipe Notes

  • Be sure to char the tomatoes until the skins begin to turn black. The key is to char the tomatoes lightly but not cook them completely.
  • You can use a BBQ grill or a broiler instead of a skillet or comal.    
  • Another option is to add finely-diced fresh avocado to the ingredients just before serving and mix well.  
  • For a simple, cooked tomato sauce, add a Tablespoon of vegetable oil to a frying pan and fry the chopped tomatoes, herbs and vegetables until cooked. 
  • Chirmol should be served at room temperature. 
  • Make it ahead and store covered in the refrigerator for up to three days. 

Please note: Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is not guaranteed to be accurate. It is created by online calculators and although we attempt to provide accurate nutritional information, the figures are only estimates. 

Nutrition Facts
Chirmol - Guatemalan Tomato Salsa
Amount Per Serving (4 g)
Calories 23 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 296mg13%
Potassium 240mg7%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 828IU17%
Vitamin C 15mg18%
Calcium 15mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.