I made this recipe over the weekend – my first attempt at salsa. It’s fantastic. I ended up using green peppers because that’s what I had in my garden. The half-pint that I didn’t process starts with a mild sweet taste, followed by the pepper kick. Thanks for sharing this, along with easy steps to follow.
Am going to give this salsa a try as I do sometimes prefer the more saucy/less chunky variety of salsa to eat with tortilla chips. I wonder how people got on with canning it – did anyone ever come back with a report for you on that?
Hi Kate. I have not. This is the way my mother taught me to do it and she canned this way for over 50 years. The steam sterilizes them, but boil them in your canner if your more comfortable with that. Either way works I’m sure. Hope you enjoy the salsa!
Super Fast Blender Salsa: Buy up cases of tomatoes when they go on sale. If you can’t find cheap tomatoes with jalapenos, buy a jalapeno separately and use plain diced tomatoes. A lemon can swap in for the lime also. Use up some of the tender cilantro stems to save extra money here. Recipe found at Prudence Pennywise.
You can taste it at this point to see how spicy it is (every year my peppers are different, depending on our summer weather) and add cayenne pepper if you’d like to increase the spiciness (again, dry ingredients are fine to add – you just can’t add anything else fresh).
just be sure to remove the seeds and insides from the jalapeno…always start by adding 2 small ones, process then taste..only add more jalapenos by taste. The hotness of jalapenos is not linked to size rather by growth and temperatures while growing, so you cannot tell by size or look. Must taste. To rescue salsa, I have added ripe fresh peaches, or canned sliced in own juice. Mangos or pineapple chopped is also nice. Good luck.
Voilà! We turned chicken enchiladas into a dip (and the results speak for themselves). Packed with all the enchilada flavors we’ll never get enough of—ever, it’s perfect for when you just want to have chips and dip for dinner.
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OMG! Sooooooooo good, my family begs for this! I grew the peppers this summer just for this recipe! I’ve been making it since I found it here awhile ago! Thanks Kelley! I’m putting this on my Christmas gift list! It’s so easy to make that you could make it right before the holidays along with some pretty packaged chips and some specialty beer! Wow! I’m going to give myself that gift!!! 🙂
Love this recipe my husband and I opened a jar before it cooled down and ate the whole thing in one sitting. I come from a long line of homemade salsa junkies and this recipe is my favorite. Thank you!
We first start by taking the skins off the tomatoes. You probably don’t have to but I like it without them on. So you first blanche the tomatoes by placing them in boiling water for about 20 seconds. Immediately take them out and immerse them in ice cold water. This process allows the skins of the tomatoes to easily peel off just by slitting the skin.
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!
Never made my own salsa before, I have always been lazy and store bought it… but if the recipe is this easy, quick and delicious it is definitely something that I will be making from scratch next time!
Wash, peel, seed, and chop your ingredients first, then measure or weigh them. A kitchen scale comes in very handy when preserving the harvest. I have included both weight and cup measurements in the recipe below. Select one method of measuring and stick with it throughout the recipe so the ratio of ingredients remains the same.
Place all ingredients in a food processor or blender, with the tomatoes, chilies, and onion on the bottom (closest to the blade). Pulse a couple of times to chop up the larger chunks, and then puree until salsa reaches desired texture. Taste the salsa and season with additional salt or honey, as desired.
Not tomatoey? I’m not sure what that means, Shelley – if it was not all those things, what was it? Was it too watery, is that what you’re saying? Your tomatoes may have been too juicy? You can always squeeze the tomatoes some after quartering before adding to the processor. I’m not sure about the spice, though.
This is my favorite salsa in the entire world! It’s been way to long since the last time I made it and now it was stuck in my head and I was craving salsa in a bad way. Well, that and watching some Nora Roberts books-made-for-TV movies. You know the ones.
Keep your lids hot by keeping them on the stove in a small saucepot filled with simmering water. You can keep the lids simmering until you are ready for them – just do not let the water come to a hard boil, as this could damage the seal. I usually keep the pot with my lids on a back burner so they’re out of the way.
turned out great. made second batch replacing the cumin with two other ingredients both smell great and made it a bit more chunky. we used a walla walla sweet onion. and organic cilantro. house was very aromatic. how long do you let them sit?
This recipe uses specific amounts of ingredients, balancing the non-acidic ingredients with the amount of added acid needed to make the recipe safe. Do not increase the amount of green chiles beyond 1 1/2 cups, or decrease the amount of tomatoes less than 7 cups.
Once you’ve squeezed most of the liquid and seeds out, cut up the tomatoes to whatever size chunks or pieces suit your taste (I made a pretty chunky salsa). Empty the water from your saucepot, then throw the chopped tomatoes in there (just don’t turn on the heat yet)
And when you’re hosting a party, have you ever noticed that the chips and salsa are the cod salsa recipe foods to disappear? No matter how many fancy side salads, dips, or canapés folks set out, the chips and salsa are inevitably the most popular. You just can’t go wrong with the simple combo, and today I’ve upped the game. With a fresh and easy homemade salsa, you’ll never go back to the jarred store-bought version again!
5. Bring to a boil and lower the temperature to keep at a low boil for 2-3 hours, stirring to prevent the mixture from sticking to the bottom of the pot. (Use a metal spacer if the salsa begins to stick to the bottom of the pot.)