I have the same question about leaving skins on. My Roma tomatoes are all puny, and I’d rather blend them all up than peel them. Also what about using cherry tomatoes if I have a bazillion of them? Just blend? Thanks!
It depends on the water content of your tomatoes, and how much you drain them. Paste tomato varieties will give a less runny salsa. If you’ve had a lot of rain,odds are your salsa will be more watery, no matter how much you try and drain the tomatoes. The excess liquid will come out during processing.
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.
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.
The exact weight of tomatoes will depend on the variety you use. I like to use roma (paste tomatoes) if I have them because the water content is less but any kind of tomato will work. The key is to peel the tomatoes and let them drain. See the step-by-step tutorial below the recipe for a visual. I like to pull out and discard the thicker white core of the tomatoes.
No big chunks, man! Big chunks are good when it comes to the fresh tomatoes in pico de gallo. But when it comes to regular salsa, which is generally made from canned tomatoes, I prefer more of a pureed, thin consistency.
We made this for the first time last year and have dreaming about it ever since! The only issue was that we didn’t make enough and the jars got eaten far too fast! We sent a couple of jars with my daughter to take to her dad when she visited across country and he and his wife have requested more this year! We will be tripling the recipe this year and it still will most likely be too little! We are extremely happy with the way it turned out with absolutely zero modifications. This year we will be adding a bit of kick with a jalepeno or two. Definitely a family favourite!
To finish the tomato prep, dice the tomatoes into small chunks and place in colander to drain off excess juice. We prefer to scrape out most of the seeds and squeeze out excess juice for a thicker salsa. If desired, juice can be strained and drunk, or canned separately for later use.
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.
This amazing home-canned salsa really is thick and chunky, just like store bought salsa! it’s packed full of flavor, and doesn’t have a strong vinegar flavor so typical of home-canned salsas. One bite and you’ll never reach for Pace again!
Fill pint jars with salsa leaving a 1/2-inch headspace, attach lids and place in canner. Bring to a boil and process pint jars for 20 minutes. Remove from canner, cool completely, check seals, label and store in a dark, cool pantry for a year to a year and a half.
This Hispanic has tried making salsa before with all of them fails! I don’t know how, lol, but I did in the past. I found your recipe and I was thinking somehow I will fail this one too, NOPE not this time. Your recipe is so good, the jalapeños I had were extra big so I only added one. Thank you thank you thank you for helping me achieve the best tasting salsa! So greatful for you sharing your recipe!
This sweet salsa with a spicy kick will receive rave reviews and it couldn’t be simpler to prepare. Just toss coarsely chopped blueberries with drained pineapple tidbits, green onions, basil, mango chutney, lime juice, salt, and crushed red pepper. Serve with our Jerk Pork Tenderloin or as a tasty appetizer with tortilla chips.
You did forget one important detail however in the sanitizing.. YOU HAVE TO SANITIZE THE LIDS, and do not touch the rubber part of the lid as your oils in your skin will cause it to be unusable. I have canned for years, as does my mother in law.. I would not hesitate to can ANYTHING, meat or veggie.. 🙂 Just remember to sanitize the jars and lids!!
So pregnant me hears a Mexican song on the radio and immediately envision myself eating dinner at Mexico Restaurant. I decide it’s the chips and salsa I really want and since I’m headed to the grocery store anyway, I decide to try my hand at restaurant style salsa. Found your recipe while in the store, and made it asap when I got home. uncouldnt believe how easy it was! My mind was a bit blown that canned tomatoes are the base ingredient. My only critique would be to leave off the cumin or at least try it in a small bowl to make sure you like it before https://great-salsa.com/category/fruit/ to the whole mixture.
Woo Hoo!! I’m a definite pushover for kitchen tools. I don’t actually have this one. Shocking, I know. I love the size that it makes the pieces of tomato and onion. So uniform. 🙂 You can’t go wrong with fresh salsa.
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Most of the time it’s great, because I never get sick of any one particular recipe, but it kinda stinks, too, because there are a lot of recipes that I haven’t made in FOREVER (like this Easy Beef Lo Mein that Trevor requests at least once a month 😉 )
What a gorgeous post. Your salsa looks delicious and has the added virtue of being easy to do. I am new here but will be back. I really like the food and recipes you feature. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary
karinagw, that sounds like some spicy salsa you´re whipping up! Makes my mouth water just thinking of it. Of course, simmering time depends on burner heat level and the type of pot used. We use a skillet which is shallow enough to make a quick job of simmering. Enjoy the salsa and wine and thanks for your comment!
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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.
I did a lot of research about the lemon juice, and the reason for bottled is because it’s consistently about 5% acidity- fresh isn’t consistent. I’ve used organic and I’m OK with it, but I’ve not read anything OFFICIAL about it. I think if it’s consistent, it should be OK, and it’s certainly better without the preservatives. I know there are canners who use fresh lemon juice, though, and don’t think it’s a problem- but it’s just not worth it to me to go against the recommendations, though. 🙂
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.
I recently moved to Kenya where there is NO mexican food anywhere– so tonight I decided to try to make this homemade salsa– my husband and I cannot thank you enough for posting this incredible recipe! you’ve changed our lives! also, your blog is awesome– I will definitely be stealing many more ideas from you!
On taco night, my husband polishes off half of a 16 oz. jar of “HOT” salsa all by himself. My daughter eats it with her spoon if we tell her she’s cut off on tortillas chips. Did I mention she’s only two years old?
Thanks for the savory recipe Jocelyn – I don’t always read your posts if the subject line is sweet as I already have too many temptations of the baking kind!! Thanks for the canned idea – will use organic tomatoes myself!