I made my own salsa for the first time this summer and was amazed at how easy it was and how fresh it tasted. Now that I get the hang of it, I’m trying lots of variations (different chiles, spices, more/less garlic, cilantro, etc.). Thanks for such a simple, un-intimidating recipe!
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Ok. I made the salsa yesterday and threw a jar into the fridge due to an improper seal. I spooned some of the salsa onto my avocado and eggs tonight, and it was divine. I had told myself just one day spent on making salsa, but I may make it two:)
I have to admit I’m sort of a snob when it comes right down https://great-salsa.com/category/fruit/ 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.
Probably a silly question…I’ve received a large quantity of tomatoes from a generous neighbor. Not familiar with canning, but would it cause any problems to can large quantities of this salsa, instead of just canning the tomatoes? Thanks in advance!
This recipe is really Brad’s and I actually posted it a couple of years ago, but we’ve updated the recipe slightly and, of course, the photos too. Garden tomatoes are the star of the show in this salsa, but if you’re not lucky enough to have a garden full of tomatoes, I suggest buying your tomatoes from a Farmer’s Market. You’ll be surprised what a difference in flavor it makes.
I encourage you to try it if you would like a healthier option for seasoning your food that hasn’t been through some terrible processing and adding of chemicals or additives. They also sell unrefined Chancaca sugar that has been produced from molasses, instead of going through an extensive process like most sugars on the market. I’m dying to try that next! You can order any of their products at Karis Naturals.
This was so good and so fast!! I didn’t have rotel on hand so I took another posters advice and used two cans of diced tomatoes and doubled the salt and jalapeno. I WILL be making this exactly as the recipe states because I’m sure it’s delicious as is. I am no longer hungry for the taco’s I was gong to make because of this addicting salsa!
This looks delicious, Mel! We must be on the same wave-length because I am canning salsa today already! We have a recipe we love and when I branch out my family rebels, but yours looks worth trying for sure! There is nothing like seeing all those pretty jars all lined up when they are finished!
“This is the best salsa recipe I’ve found so far and I’ve tried about a dozen. I got it from one of the local hospital cookbooks that are sold in my area. I changed it a bit and have been canning it for years. The reason I plant a garden is for this salsa. We would be lost without it. Hope you like it as much as we do. One of our members who is a food scientist took this salsa to work, tested the pH and found it measured under 4.0 (well within the safety limit for boiling water bath processing).”
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I didn’t wear gloves when I was handling the poblanos and jalapeños. Big mistake. My hands were burning, even under my nails, so wear gloves! I didn’t think they packed that much heat, but they do. Better safe than sorry.
Here’s a nice mix of recipes for salsa that use garden fresh tomatoes and ingredients while others use canned tomatoes. I also added a few resources at the bottom that are packed with info and safety tips for canning.
After you’ve skinned all of your tomatoes, it’s time to seed and juice them. To do so, cut your tomato in half, then squeeze each half into a bowl (instead of getting rid of this juice, I canned it too – now I have several quarts of fresh tomato juice on hand!). When you squeeze, a lot of liquid and seeds should come out – don’t try and get every drop of liquid out of the flesh, just a squeeze or two is fine. But be careful, as you can never tell where the juice will squirt – I got myself in the eye a few times, not to mention the walls, counters, and cabinets near me!
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Thinking of making this but I’m from Texas and I like my salsa spicy. I don’t like salsa that tastes like bland tomatoes or like a can of Rotel. I like it spicy but not lips on fire hot. If I left the seeds and membranes in the jalapeños would it be too hot? I’m also not sure about sugar or green peppers in the salsa. I definitely don’t want sweet salsa. What recommendations can you give me to make the salsa with some kick to it?
This amazing classic salsa has been a favorite for many years and is a traditional Southwestern-style sauce. It’s full of tomato flavor and perfect for any time you want to serve a tasty salsa. Made from juicy tomatoes, green bell peppers, green onions, and seasoned with lime juice, cilantro, garlic and jalapeno chiles, this pico de gallo-style salsa serves as a great appetizer, snack, or sauce for Mexican night. …MORE+ LESS-
As if you needed any more good news, this homemade salsa can be prepared in about 5 minutes at any time of year! In the summer it’s delicious with seasonally ripe tomatoes, peppers, and herbs, but it’s also easy to make in the off-season with a can of tomatoes and canned chilies. Don’t let the weather stop you from enjoying fresh chips and salsa whenever a craving strikes…
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Since many of you have asked about a weight measure for the 10 cups of tomatoes, as I’ve been canning the salsa the last few days, I’ve done a little experimenting/research. Basically, I’ve found it varies GREATLY depending on variety. When I used SIX pounds of Roma + every day garden tomatoes, after taking the skins off, lightly crushing, and draining, the yield of tomatoes to use in this recipe was about 2 1/2 cups. When I used TWO pounds of only Roma/paste tomatoes, after taking the skins off, lightly crushing, and draining, the yield of tomatoes to use was a little over one cup. I tend to err on the side of over draining the tomatoes, if anything, so that makes a difference as well. For me, because I usually use paste tomatoes in this recipe, I would plan on around 18-20 pounds (give or take) of Roma/paste tomatoes to get the 10 cups for this recipe…and even more if using tomatoes with a higher water/lower flesh content.
Put all of this into a stock pot. I used a dutch oven for this batch and it was just the right size. Next you need to add your minced garlic, vinegar, salt and cilantro. Stir it up well and place on the stovetop on high until it starts to boil.
I love tomato season and this year I made salsa. Fire roasted salsa that I canned. I used tomatoes and poblano peppers from the farm stand and roasted them on a hot grill until they were charred and blistered all over. I love the flavor of grilled tomatoes and peppers. Then you just peel off the skins, chop chop, add a bunch of good stuff to the pot and you’ve got fire roasted salsa. It’s perfect for canning to enjoy year round.
I would imagine it could be canned but keep in mind I have no experience with canning so I am really just making a guess. You will have to check with a more reliable source that knows about canning tomatoes. It does freeze very well though. Sorry I couldn’t be of more help.
Your Divine One Minute Salsa has been my go to salsa for years, & my whole family loves it! I cannot imagine liking anything better than that, but am interested in giving this new recipe a try. Thx, Mel 🙂
Note that it is not essential that the chile peppers be cooked through, only that the outer tough skin is blistered and blackened. This is what will help with flavor. Also it will make it easy to peel the chiles.
This is as simple as it gets here folks! I know you’re eyeing those cans of tomatoes but honestly unless you want pico, then the whole peeled tomatoes are what. If you can your own whole peeled tomatoes then you are the bomb and will you ship me some?
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A note about tomatoes: you do not have to peel them, but most people prefer doing so. To quickly and easily peel them: give them a quick rinse to wash them off. Then drop them into a pot of boiling water for about a minute or until you see them crack and peeling. Remove with a slotted spoon into a large bowl of very cold ice water. Now you can easily remove the peel and the core. I usually put the chopped tomatoes into my 2 quart pitcher to measure the tomatoes.
There’s nothing better than to head to your garden or even market, grab some fresh vegetables and whip up an easy recipe. This Easy Homemade Salsa Recipe is perfect for your home Tailgating Parties, game night or even to serve at your next cook out.
It in never safe to eat salsa that has not been properly canned. Because it is not reheated before consuming it. It is eaten right from the jar.In the directions it says you do not need to hot water bath, or pressure can the salsa, that is false information, you need to can the salsa no matter whether the hot salsa will seal the jars. Canning the salsa insures that the seal will be strong enough and the salsa hot enough to kill the bacteria that can be in the jar. Please only can salsa recipes that that are proven safe, this one does not have enough vinegar or acid to deem it a safe recipe for canning. Would be good to freeze though. If you want to compare your recipe to a safe one look at a current blue ball book. tweaking the recipes are not safe either. I know that you probably had no issues with what you ate,but it’s recipes like this that can cause harm to people who no nothing about canning! Salsa has a lot of non acid ingredients, that potentially cause the food to spoil if not prepared properly. I’m by no means trying to be mean, but trying to keep people safe. Food poisoning sucks, botulism can kill.
Why canned tomatoes? Quality canned tomatoes are picked at their peak and stay that way. If you can find fire roasted tomatoes awesome…if not this will still be delicious! You can always use the bounty from your garden in place of canned…that works as well!
I made this salsa and it totally ROCKS! I used my own canned tomatoes and parsley instead of cilantro (just what I had on hand) and a fresno chile-yummy! And I love that you are local. Great winter salsa, and was so happy to use my summer tomatoes.