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Awesome recipe. I put in a little too much lime juice but that’s what happens when younsqueeze directly without measuring! Took 45 minutes in total to make including driving to the grocers to buy ingredients!
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I needed salsa for burrito bowls I was making for dinner. Unfortunately I had run out and did not want to wake my sleeping toddler to run to the store. Fortunately I had all the ingredients I needed for this salsa! Yummy! And so much better than store bought!
All hail this Easy Pico de Gallo Recipe. While this may be the easiest recipe EVER, it’s also one of my favorites. If you follow SMTY on Snapchat you’ll know that in the past few weeks I’ve made this homemade pico de gallo many, many, many times.
If you are going to grill or broil the tomatoes, I recommend coring them first. Grilling is best with whole plum tomatoes; grill them on high direct heat until blackened in parts and the peels are cracked.
Can you can this particular recipe for salsa or is there another close version that could be canned? Also, how long does this keep in the refrigerator? Thank you in advnce for any and all comments on this topic.
I made this and mine is more orangeish.. omitted the honey and added a whole jalapeno including the seeds. followed the recipe dead on otherwise.. it’s a little runny too 🙁 Any suggestions to thickening it or making it the deep red color?
This sounds just like a salsa I just had at a local restaurant. cod salsa recipe was slightly sweet too. I loved it! I can’t wait to try this one. Sounds like a great sauce for many one dish meals. Thanks for sharing!
I am going to try this recipe today using roma tomatoes. I just wanted to add, most recipes call for de-seeding and squeezing out all tomato juice from the tomatoes. I have learned that you can cook down the juice and seeds, ( one year I had 2 quarts of tomato liquid …slowly cooked down to 1 half pint ) this way all my ingredients were fresh garden and not canned. The thickened tomato seed juice was so close to paste that it thickened the salsa I made. I just incorporated it into my tomatoes measurements. Trying that with your recipe. Ty
Prepare your jars and lids by washing in warm, soapy water and rinsing thoroughly. Place jar rack into water bath canner, set jars in the canner, add water, and boil jars for 10 minutes to sterilize. Warm your lids in a small pot over low heat. Keep jars and lids warm until ready to use.
Transfer the drained tomatoes to a 7-8 quart stainless-steel, enamel, or nonstick heavy pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Simmer, uncovered, for about 1.5 hours or until tomatoes are at the desired consistency, stirring often. You’re looking for the same consistency as a thin marinara sauce.
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.
Dunderhead here. I forgot to skin the tomatoes. They are all cut up and draining. Do you think it will work? Can I skim the skins off during the boil? Or just pitch and begin the correct way. That’s the problem with a 71 YO. Thanks for the assist.
I haven’t tried so I can’t say for sure what to do exactly but why don’t you just toss some in the blender with the other ingredients, blend, taste..and take it from there based on what you think the salsa needs. Pretty easy 🙂 Enjoy!
My husband made homemade salsa this year and he didn’t use any vinegar in his recipe – just the lime juice. He canned several jars and they have too much lime in them – what should I do to balance that – add vinegar or more tomatoes once we open the jar? thanks for the help.
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This made some damned good salsa! We had a salsa competition at my work and I needed a recipe that would make a lot of salsa. I had only made salsa once before and it didn’t turn out as good as this recipe. I omitted the yellow bell peppers simply because I didn’t care for them. I also added a small amount of sugar to give the salsa a bit of sweetness. This salsa won the competition!
Q. My question is about salsa. I was going to borrow a pressure cooker to make salsa this year (for the first time). My grandma told me that I didn’t need the pressure cooker, I could just make salsa using the “inversion” method like I did the blueberry jam. Can I do this?
Wow! I just made this and it is delicious! This is my new favorite salsa, and I’m a salsa connoisseur. I’ve tried a LOT of salsa recipes. This is so easy to make, and the flavor is incredible. I think the plum tomatoes make a big difference. Thanks for sharing!
I love this salsa! It’s very similar in taste to my recipe, but much simpler. I make it all the time. I never buy jarred salsa anymore, as this is just as good as all the Mexican restaurants around here….even better than a few. The only problem is I could probably eat the whole batch myself because it’s so addicting!
Hello, Love the salsa recipe. Just curious if I could change the amount of time to cook. I like it chunkier and it seems like it was the consistency I preferred when I first began heating. After the full time required it was much smoother than I hoped for. Nevertheless it was delicious. Please let me know. Thanks. Brigitte
Ultra Gel is ultrafine cornstarch, which is used to thicken the salsa. It is now the preferred product for thickening when canning. I recently purchased Ultra Gel, which is GMO free. Clear Jel is a similar product. When I first made this recipe, it called for cornstarch, but Ultra Gel and Clear Jel are now recommended over corn starch for canning.
If you’re looking for a few recipes to help you get started, there are a number of wonderful resources available online. Whether you’re looking for a shelf-stable tomato salsa or a tomatillo salsa that will last in your pantry for up to a year, you can find the recipes and guidance you’re looking for at the following sites:
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?
Looks easy enough, though I will skip the monsanto canned veggies in favor of my garden grown ingrediants. I thought you were going to say you threw Pico in the blender, which is all salsa really is. Of course Pico de gallo is nothing like salsa… like apples are nothing like oranges, but BOTH are delicious!!
Thanks for the heads up on that, I’ll fix it! And yes, this is a popular recipe around the internet for good reason. So, for some reason, I didn’t think it was recommended to can salsa in a pressure canner (or perhaps it’s just that it’s not well publicized on the timing). How long do you process your pints of salsa in a pressure canner?