So what is this cold soup that I keep talking about? Like I already mentioned, I prefer my salsa chunkier. I did attempt to eat the processed salsa as a dip a few times, but it just didn’t work for me. It reminded me too much of a soup. Since I was left with a large jar of liquidy (again not sure if this word exists) salsa each time, I didn’t want to waste it. So I ate it as a soup. And boy did I grow to love it.
Or I should use the plural and say “salsa-s”. Any decent Mexican dining establishment north of the border, whether a taco truck or full on restaurant will offer a variety of salsas to its patrons—tomatillo salsa verde, red chili salsa, and my favorite, a fresh tomato salsa otherwise knows as Pico de Gallo or Salsa Fresca.
Once you have the tomatoes skinned you have 2 options. If you have a food processor – cut them into quarters and finely chop them in the food processor. If you don’t have one, cut them into little pieces yourself. Last year I didn’t have a food process to use and it took us much longer to complete the prep process. This year I have my mom’s old one and it saved us at least 10 minutes of cutting time.
What better time of year to make some fresh salsa than right now?! As I’ve mentioned before, my husband and I were lucky enough to live in the heart of Mexico for a few months as part of an internship program. Mexican food has always been one of my favorites, and I absolutely loved getting to know “true” Mexican food while we lived there!
So, here is my favorite salsa. Enjoy! If you make it, make sure to come back here and leave feedback on my blog, I love to hear from you! Also, if you are Instagram, make sure to follow me and tag your creations #thevegan8, so I don’t miss the notification!
For this recipe, I changed my usual sea salt and opted for Karis Naturals Bolivian Pink Salt. They were so kind to send me some samples to try out. I was so impressed with the pure taste. Honestly, I kept sticking my finger in it, haha. What can I say…I like salt. It has a slightly stronger taste than regular salt, so you can get away with using less. It also contains over 70 trace minerals and is free of any added chemicals or additives, making it a much healthier option than table salt. My daughter was a fan of the pretty pink color, of course. According to them, it contains less sodium than leading pink Himalayan salt brands and Kosher salt.
Love this recipe – First time I made it (double recipe) I was unable to find anaheims so I used more yellow and some red peppers. I had the family helping chop so we did it manually. The next batch (following the recipe ingredients exactly) I tripled and was on my own so opted for the assistance of the Cuisinart on all chopping except the tomatoes. It was equally as wonderful as the chunky version – much faster and easier on the forearms. This is a new family favourite and going fast…60 lbs of tomatoes next year.
I have made salsa over the years and have always just frozen the batch in individual plastic containers until ready to use. Not very interested in the canning process anymore. Any problem with doing the same with your recipe.
I made this salsa last week, canned 8 1/2 pints. This is hands down the best recipe I’ve seen (and tried) and I was so surprised to see there was sauce as well as paste in it!! I substituted a 1/2 orange pepper and 1/2 yellow because I don’t care for green. It was such a big hit – this is my go to!! Thank you!
The only salsa recepie you’ll ever need, so stop looking, this is it!! It has the perfect blend of everything, I have an abundance of tomatoes this year and I am on my 4th batch, I have followed the recepie exact, except for the last batch I made and that was because I wanted a bit more heat. Easy to follow recepie, thanks, I hope to see more of your posts,
After years of canning different salsa recipes I went on a quest last year to make and identify the best salsa recipe. This was a serious test – my canning team (aka – my sister and best friend) can together and can a lot; and, salsa is the most anticipated and loved of our canning products. We needed to ensure consistently high quality batches of salsa year after year. Thus, our quest!
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What’s the secret behind this addictive salsa? Roasting! It brings out an incredible depth of flavor you can’t get any other way. Pro tip: remove the jalapeno seeds for salsa that’s spicy without being SPICY (know what we mean?).
Homemade Salsa with fresh ingredients and full of flavor, just like the one you’re served at your favorite restaurant! This restaurant style salsa is made with roasted tomatoes and onions which enhances all the flavors. Delicious and simple!
Good, simple recipe that works well. Watch out for the salt content: add just a little then more if you need it. The recipe leaves you with a lot of liquid – it might be a good idea to pour off some before serving.
Using an immersion blender or food processor, carefully purée the salsa to a smoother consistency. In a food processor and cod salsa recipe in batches, pulse 8 – 10 times and when all finished, return to the pot. Taste for seasonings and if too vinegary, add another tablespoon or so of sugar. If too sweet, add a little more vinegar to balance. Bring blended salsa back to a boil and simmer a few more minutes.
I like mine with a few cloves of garlic added to the mix, and then black beans and corn stirred in after the food processor has done its thing. Never tried the honey, I will have to do that next time.
I love this recipe. I made it my own using hot Hatch green chilis and medium Hatch Sandia chilis. It came out great and with our added chilis, it was a hit with my husband too. Thanks putting it out for everyone to make. It is great. And I live in the South west, grew up in New Mexico and live in Arizona so you know you did good.
Love, love,love your easy ideas for putting up and preserving fresh produce. I did send a note previously to say learning from my mom( bless her heart) was awesome, but tedious. Now, with your site, I can still do a lot of preserved foods, without all the work. That to me means the world. Thank you again,
Here’s an easy salsa my four-year old could make. (He’s now 25!) I sat him on the counter next to the blender, and I opened cans, put spoons in spices, and he put it together and pushed the button! He was always so proud that he made the salsa!
It’s safe to make up your own recipes in some cases, too, but you have to be follow the rules. For instance, a mixed berry jam would be safe because berries generally have a low pH, and the sugar in jam ties up free water, which bacteria need to breed. Thick product and high pH product can easily get dangerous, especially in combination.
I was wondering how this recipe would work out with smoking the jalapenos first. What are your thoughts? My husband would like to try to make a smoked pepper salsa, we are looking for some good recipes and I think yours sounds like it would be delicious!
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?
I’ve been making salsa for the past year. Just when I thought I got it down pat, I ran across your recipe. But because of your sense of humor and descriptive writing, I laughed until my eyes watered! You nailed it with every word! It was almost as if I had written your article myself! Because of that, I’ll be making your salsa tomorrow! Thanks for the recipe and for the laughter!
Everyone loves salsa and I like your version a lot – I can make it now with canned tomatoes. I just made some tomato soup using canned tomatoes and it was delicious . Thanks for a great snack we all will enjoy (especially me) at FF #51 🙂
I have checked out all kinds of recipes online and your recipe is the winner I am gonna make a batch tonite I was wondering if I could use citric acid (food grade of course) instead of the lime juice and vinegar?
This is very similar to the salsa I make. I use a combo of Anaheim and jalapenos, which I char on the stove or the grill. I also add a few splashes (I don’t measure either) of red wine vinegar, a splash of olive oil, and half a splash of liquid smoke. Almost like Chevy’s salsa.
Put all the ingredients in the base of a food processor or good blender and pulse to combine for 30 seconds or so until all the ingredients are finely chopped and salsa is desired consistency. Taste for seasoning and adjust to taste. Serve with chips or over tacos.
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 made over 20 pints of this last year with a huge 10 dollar apple box full of tomatoes. This recipe was SO good. Really the best homemade salsa I have ever, ever had. I was just finding it again for this year. I’ll definitely print it out so I don’t lose it. The one tip I would give is to have extra jalapenos on hand, in case you want it hotter. I was worried about it being too hot last year, and it ended up not being quite hot enough. It was still super good though.
Oven canning is not recommended. Although the temperature range is similar (or higher in an oven), convective heat transfer (air to jars) does not work as well as conductive heat transfer (water to jars). Odds are you’d damage the sealant on the ring before getting safe internal temperatures throughout the salsa.
Rachael, did you still put the full amount of cider vinegar into the batch of salsa and when putting into jars, individually add the lemon juice to each jar…if so, were they pint and how did this batch turn out? Thanks, Nancy
Hi Jeri Lou! I mentioned that step in the pictured instructions but left it out in the recipe box – it’s now added 🙂 There has been a lot of discussion about canning and bacteria in some of my other canning posts. The fact of the matter is, bacteria cannot survive or form in an airtight space. Still, it never hurts to take extra precautions.
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