This chunky, smoky salsa tastes amazing with tortilla chips. Roasted tomatoes, garlic, onion and jalapeno are blended with cilantro and cumin to create one of the tastiest and easiest Mexican-inspired recipes you’ll ever try.
There are 60 varieties of chile peppers, many of which are used in Mexican cooking. Handle them with care. When handling the spicier kinds, gloves are recommended. Always wash your hands with soap and warm water before touching your eyes.
Basically, everything is going to go into a big pot to be cooked. It doesn’t really matter in what order the ingredients go into the pot. I tend to put the vinegar, tomato paste and spices in first, if only because I’m afraid I’ll forget them at the end and have an incredibly boring (and unsafe) batch of salsa!
4) When it comes to my step-by-step guide below, I have used a steam bath canner to process the salsa. Disclaimer: Even though I prefer to use a steam bath canner (and so do lots of other home canners), many people and resources say there isn’t enough research about steam canners to know if they are safe enough to use.
I found this recipe back paul newman black bean and corn salsa recipe January when you posted it and I forgot to leave a comment. THANK YOU! This is my favorite salsa recipe! We make this ALL the time and my family is always begging me to make them some when I visit. I usually double or triple the batch. A few things that I’ve done differently that work great: I buy the garlic in a jar already chopped in the produce section. I
There is not a better time to make large quantities of tomato sauces or salsas. Canning is often the preferred method to store sauces for use later, but freezing is also an option which many prefer—especially those who have large freezer space. (Our directions below can be used for freezing or canning; see the note about canning at the end.)
I picked this recipe solely on the method for skinning tomatoes. Then I noticed that it sounded like a good recipe! What kind of adjustments are safe to make for canning and personal taste? Can I up the cumin and jalapeños? What about using bottled lime instead of vinegar?
I tried this and loved it! I used one banana pepper, one large jalepinio (sp) and topped the rest of the cup with yellow peppers. I don’t care for green peppers so I just used one cup of them and the second cup of a mix of yellow and orange. I love garlic, so a added 4 cloves total. I used fresh cilantro and oragano. I chopped my tomatoes and tried to remove seeds and extra juice as I went along. It turned out fantastic. This recipe is a keeper. Thank you so much for sharing it!! 5 stars!!
Hi Robyn, I haven’t tried freezing it but I’m assuming since it’s a fresh salsa the tomatoes might have a “soft” texture to them when you defrost and not be as fresh. If you do end up freezing it, I would love to know how it works out for you!
LOVE this recipe!!! You are genius!!! Made it today, doubled the batch and didn’t change a thing except only had 4 limes so squeezed them for 1/2 cup of lime juice. Used 4 jalepenos, chopping only one fully and heat is spot on! Not to mild but with a kick! The flavor is so fresh and consistency is chunky:-)) made 13 pint jars!! Only hope I get 8 more pounds of tomatoes from our garden! By the way, I used combo of Roma and celebrity from our garden:-))) Thank you, bald gourmet!!!❤️❤️❤️❤️
Wonderful flavor. It took way way to long to peel and core tomatoes so I cored with knife tip stem end blanched then snipped into tiny pieces. It took me maybe 20 minutes while it took me nearly two hours your way. Otherwise great recipe thank you so much. Just wanted to let others know if they were having problems like me
I first made this fresh, fruity salsa for a family baby shower. Everyone wanted the recipe. Now, someone makes this juicy snack for just about every family gathering—and I have to keep reminding everyone who introduced it! —Jessica Robinson, Indian Trail, North Carolina
Crunchy tortilla “chips” originated in Mexico in the form of tostados. But the famous triangle-shaped tortilla chip is credited to, or at least was popularized by, Rebecca Webb Carranza several decades ago in Los Angeles. She and her husband owned a tortilla factory and their automated machines would discard any misshapen tortilla shells. Rather than throw them away, Rebecca discovered that cutting these corn tortilla shells into triangles an then frying them made a fantastic snack. Tortilla chips began to be mass produced in the 1940’s and their popularity spread outside of California and across the U.S. in the 1970’s. Years later she received the Golden Tortilla Award for her contribution to the Mexican food industry.
Follow standard canning instructions to sterilize the jars and lids. Ladle the hot salsa into the hot jars, leaving about 1/4 inch head space. Close the lids and place the jars in a boiling water bath for 15 minutes. Remove the jars and let them rest, undisturbed, for 24 hours before moving them.
My mom and I love your salsa! We would like to jar it because our garden has produced some much this year and we’d like to be able to enjoy it year around! If we do jar it, do we need to add vinegar or some type of preservative? We noticed that when we made it, it lost it’s power after about a week. Have you ever jarred it before?
I love this recipe because it is hearty and made from all fresh ingredients. We’ve all devoured it this week, including Hailey. If I wasn’t planning on sharing with her, I would have added another jalapeno to kick up the spice factor, which you may want to consider doing.
I have to admit I’m sort of a snob when it comes right down to it. I only like fresh salsa. Some of you may not notice or even care even that there is difference, but to me there’s as obvious difference. To me, the jarred kind tastes like an overly chunk-defied pasta sauce *ack*. The only way I can control how thin or thick I want it… is by making it myself and I prefer it fresh with small chunkage. Honestly salsa isn’t hard to throw together and it makes a lot so it really is cost effective! You just need a food processor.
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Cover the jars with at least 1-inch of water. Bring to a rolling boil and process for 15 minutes (20 minutes for altitudes 1000 to 6000 ft, 25 minutes above 6000 ft). Then turn off heat and let the jars sit in the hot water for 5 minutes.
You need to taste it first, start with a smaller amt of jalapeños, take a couple of teaspoons of the mixture and place in a cup then put the cup in the freezer for 2 to 3 minutes- then sample…. If you like it then boil 20 to 30 minutes, if not then add more jalapeños and repeat freezer test until you reach the desired hotness. ( it tastes spicier when it is hot, that is why you do the freezer test. Works every time!
The Best Recipe for Canning: We use this salsa in place of rotel for a cheese dip, also added to mashed avocados with lime juice for guacamole and my hispanic friends like to eat it on rice. And of course, it’s used as a dip for tortilla chips or topping on other Mexican dishes. Recipe found at Belle Adorn.
Plus, tomatoes, at least, are healthier when cooked because heat releases the lycopene. So I’m more than happy to preserve fresh produce in my canner when it’s salsa, of which we can never have too much. (If you’d like to know more about fermentation, however, HERE is an amazing eCourse on the subject with almost 2 dozen multimedia lessons.)
Thank you for sharing this recipe – it is delicious!!! I made it last week for the first time and just made another batch today for Sunday. I have been on the search for a long time for a great salsa recipe and this is it! Perfect!
I have got to try this recipe next year. We didn’t have a garden this year, but next year I WILL have a garden, even if it’s in containers. I love home canned everything. No preservatives and I know what is in there.
Also, for those who are too lazy to put on gloves to cut chile peppers, you can always use a fork and knife, as if you were cutting them to eat them. That’s how they do it in Mexico. Just a note: they don’t even cut them with their bare hands down there, so don’t try it at home!
I made your salsa last year and it was awesome. For us here on the East Coast of Canada, we found that it required a little too much lime juice, but it turned out sooo good and I have had so many compliments. Thank you. Lillian
Combine the diced tomatoes, whole tomatoes, cilantro, onions, garlic, jalapeno, cumin, salt, sugar and lime juice in a blender or food processor. (This is a very large batch. I recommend using a 12-cup food processor, or you can process the ingredients in batches and then mix everything together in a large mixing bowl.)
I had this in a Restaurant in Guyana, South America and they used fresh tomatoes and garlic that they roasted before blending. It was amazing! Especially with the cassava chips that they served it with!
No big chunks, man! Big chunks are good when it comes to the fresh tomatoes in pico de gallo. But when it comes to regular salsa, which is generally made from canned tomatoes, I prefer more of a pureed, thin consistency.
I didn’t read through all 329 comments (WOW!) but was wondering how long you think this will keep in the fridge? It made almost a full quart mason jar so I’m thinking of sharing with my mom 🙂 Im going to make the Tex-Mex Rice & Beans this week and use this instead of fresh tomatoes and we will eat chips and salsa, but I dont want it to spoil before we can use it. Thank you!
Other modifications: I used 4 cups chopped onions instead of 3, and roasted my peppers and garlic under the broiler. Instead of trying to measure the cilantro, I just used the whole bunch. Placed everything in my Ninja for easy chopping .
Greg actually got the Vidalia Chop Wizard for Christmas one year during one of those gift exchange games where you steal other people’s gifts and stick them with something they don’t want. Luckily for him, this gift came in quite handy. It has been his go to tool for salsa ever since!
Sugar is added to many spaghetti sauce and salsa recipes to cut the acidic taste of the tomatoes. It won’t make the canning “bad” like forgetting the vinegar would, so as long as you like the flavor – and I bet it will work out just fine – you’re golden! 🙂 Katie
I made this and I like it accept the canned tomato-y taste that kinda overpowers the other flavors.. is there any way to make it taste less like canned tomatoes? Will it lose that taste after it marinades for a while?
After 12 to 24-hours, check to be sure jar lids have sealed by pushing on the center of the lid. The lid should not pop up. If the lid flexes up and down, it did not seal. Refrigerate jar and use up within a week. Once the jar is open, refrigerate and use up within a week. Yields 6 half pints, 3 pints.