Just wondering how many jars the expected yield is from this recipe, I can’t seem to find it anywhere (it’s probably somewhere, I just can’t find it..), and the pictures show 8, sometimes 5. Im thinking about doubling, just trying to figure out how many jars I’ll probably need.
Fixed your egg and ham casserole tonight. It was a smash hit! I have been looking for a fresh salsa recipe and this sounds great! I just was wondering, do you have to use honey and why do you use honey? I’m a diabetic so I was just wondering.
You know that salsa you get at Mexican restaurants the minute you walk in with lots of chips, well that’s my favorite salsa ever and I’ve never been able to get that out of a jar. But salsa is simple enough that you can make yourself at home with a handful of fresh ingredients.
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As far as the salsa goes, you do not need to add the honey if you want to leave that out. The sweetness helps to cut the acidity of the tomatoes a little bit, but it’s not necessary (especially if you’re using sweet tomatoes)! 🙂
Love it! made some just now and just added extra jalapeno. and used rotel with cilantro and lime. also used some lemon juice since I didn’t want to use my dad corona limes haha. all the same though it turned out great! 🙂
So I made the salsa the other night. Everyone loves it. I added a extra haberno and one extra tomato paste. Squeezed out 6 pints. First time making salsa and your recipe nailed exactly what I was looking for. Thanks again
Well I’m proud to say that that war has finally come to an end. I recently found a recipe in a canning magazine which provided the best of home-canned and store bought salsas. They simply called it, “Chunky Homemade Salsa.” I’ve tweaked it a bit, added a little extra, and renamed it to be more appropriately named, “Best Home Canned Thick and Chunky Salsa.”
Now I know I had questions about this process last year too but this is what I found out. If you do not alter the amount of vinegar and tomatoes, the acid from them will be enough to kill the bacteria and if the lid seals properly, your salsa is safe. HOWEVER, if you want to put them in a hot water bath or pressure cooker, you certainly can.
Kelley, thanks so much for this wonderful recipe…just now made it and it is the best ever!! I will never buy any salsa again. We love homemade pico de gallo and salsas, but this is my fave and so easy!
I just made this and it is wonderful. I left the ribs and seeds of half of the jalapeno because I like a little more heat to my salsa but couldn’t have it too hot for my husband (that’s why only half of the jalapeno and not the whole thing – lol). I will never buy jar salsa again as I always seem to have these ingredients on hand and it’s so easy to make. Thanks for the recipe!
The vinegar is needed for food safety but you could try subbing in bottled lemon juice (I don’t love the flavor which is why I stick with vinegar) or search for a recipe with a different lineup of ingredients. Sorry you didn’t love it; if I were your neighbor, I’d come take it off your hands. My husband would be thrilled! 🙂
Put all of the ingredients in your blender. Adding the tomatoes first makes it much easier to blend. Do not add water unless it won’t blend and then only add 2 tablespoons of water at a time. Most of the time you won’t have to add any. Too much water makes the salsa runny. You want a full-bodied slightly chunky tomato salsa.
Thanks for this great recipe! My friend gave me a big box of her garden fresh tomatoes and I scoured the Internet looking for just the right recipe. I settled on your version and substituted a few of the jalapeño peppers with smokey chipotle peppers and it turned out very well for my first crack at homemade salsa! Thanks again for sharing!
Even so, a pressure canner affords greater safety that a boiling water bath, and is more versatile. But if you follow my recipe and use vinegar or lemon juice as stated in the recipe, the boiling water bath will work fine.
Hi Erin. I believe Romero peppers are real sweet, aren’t they? https://great-salsa.com/category/canning/ are more like a mildly spicy green bell pepper. The Romeros will probably be just fine, but will make the salsa a little sweeter, which may not be a bad thing. A closer substitute would probably be poblano peppers or yellow wax/hungarian peppers. But the nice thing about salsa is that you can use any peppers you like….just keep the quantity measurements the same when canning.
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You could spend all day with a knife and cutting board to chop these many ingredients for a few jars of salsa, or you could form a new relationship with your food processor. Or maybe a neighbor who owns a food processor. Truly. Food process for salsa. It’s not going to be pretty anyway.
Next slice the Jalapeno Pepper in half and remove the seeds with a spoon. Finely chop and add to the bowl. Use caution when working with the jalapenos, and wash your hands with soap and water before proceeding.
2 Dice or pulse a few times in food processor: Place all of the ingredients in a food processor. Pulse only a few times, just enough to finely dice the ingredients, not enough to purée. If you don’t have a food processor, you can finely dice by hand.
Hi Shirley. I think the trick here is the original coarse chop on the tomatoes. They will break down some as they cook, but many will keep together in nice bite sized chunks too. You have to stir as they cook so that they don’t scorch, but do so gently so you don’t break the chunks apart too much. Much of the liquid you see in the pictures will reduce, making a thicker salsa with chucks of tomatoes, peppers, and onions in it.