This Spicy Tomato Gazpacho recipe is made in a blender, with simple ingredients and ready in 10 minutes. Cool, refreshing and perfect for hot summer days!
Soup + summer don't really go hand in hand, but today we're shaking things up and making it happen with this spicy tomato gazpacho recipe!
It's my new go-to recipe for lunch and dinner because it's a cinch to make (hello blender meals!), it's super flavorful, it checks all my soup boxes and it keeps well for at least a few days so I can come back to it over and over and over and over again.
What is Gazpacho?
Gazpacho is a traditional Spanish dish that comes from the region called Andalusia in southern Spain. It's simply defined as a chilled soup made from blended vegetables, but most commonly it has a tomato base.
It's a really popular dish in both Spain and Portugal, especially during the summer months because both countries can be very hot and this soup is the perfect meal – it's cool, refreshing and requires no cooking.
My First Experience with Tomato Gazpacho
I've shared about my semester abroad here and there on the blog, but if you aren't familiar with the story, I'll just give you a quick overview. In the spring semester of my junior year at college, I moved to Alicante, Spain, which is a small(ish) city on the southeastern coast.
I lived with a host family who spoke no English and my “madre” (host mother) cooked all of our meals. That meant, we ate lots of traditional Spanish food!
She actually never made us gazpacho because it never got that hot while I was there, but towards the end of my stay my parents came and visited me and we traveled all across the southern part of the country.
That is when I had my first gazpacho and I was instantly hooked!
What Makes the Perfect Gazpacho
I'm sure there are varying opinions on this, but to me, the perfect gazpacho comes down to a few different things:
I want my gazpacho to have a smooth and creamy texture, I want the flavor to be bright and slightly acidic and I want the ingredients to be super fresh (which helps bring more flavor) and balanced.
How to Make Tomato Gazpacho
With that in mind, let's talk about how to actually make gazpacho!
Luckily, this is probably one of the easiest recipes on my entire website. If you've made a smoothie before, you can make gazpacho because everything is made in the blender!
You basically just cut up your veggies, toss them into a blender with some tomato sauce, vinegar, and herbs and blend it up until it's creamy. So simple and so tasty!
Our Spicy Twist on Tomato Gazpacho
I'm personally a BIG fan of spice, so I wanted to amp up the flavor with this recipe a bit by adding in some serrano pepper. Serrano peppers are the small, long green peppers and they're definitely hotter than jalapenos.
If you're not a fan of heat, which I know not everyone is, you can either leave out the serrano completely or swap it with a jalapeno or even just a green bell pepper.
Either way, your tomato gazpacho will still be delicious!
Now before I let you go whip this spicy gazpacho up, I gotta quickly tell you about the garnish!
Typically I'm a fan of totally creamy soups, but I felt like I wanted to give you the option to make it not creamy if you're more of a chunky soup person.
SO…here's what we did:
- Reserve part of your veggies before blending
- Chop them up into tiny little pieces (like a fresh salsa)
- Toss them all together with fresh herbs
More Spanish Inspired Recipes You'll Love!
- 5-Ingredient Spanish Quinoa
- Jackfruit Enchiladas Verdes
- Cilantro Lime Black Bean Quinoa Tacos
- Tortilla Soup with Quinoa
- 5-Ingredient Quinoa Tortillas
Spicy Tomato Gazpacho
- 3 roma tomatoes
- 1 medium cucumber
- 1 red bell pepper
- 1/2 red onion
- 1 serrano pepper or jalapeño for less spice
- 1/2 cup fresh basil
- 1/2 cup fresh parsley
- 2 cups canned tomato sauce
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 cup olive oil divided
- 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- Juice of 1 lemon about 2 tablespoons
- 2 garlic cloves
- Quarter the tomatoes, peel and slice the cucumber, de-seed and quarter the pepper and cut the onion in half. Reserve 1 tomato, 2 slices of cucumber and 1/4 of the pepper.
- Add the veggies that you have not set aside into a blender. Add the remaining ingredients, using just 3 tablespoons of the oil, and blend on high until smooth and creamy. Place in the fridge to chill.
- Finely chop the rest of the ingredients and add them to a bowl. Toss in a few extra herbs (if you have them), the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil and a pinch of salt. Stir to combine.
- When ready to serve, pour the soup into bowls. Top with the "chopped" salad, a crack of fresh pepper and enjoy!