This ones a keeper! Just started a garden this year and I didn’t know what to do with all the tomatoes and peppers I got out of it. I don’t cook often, didn’t know anything about making salsa or canning, but this recipe is easy to follow and if I can do it, anyone can. Expect a lot of complements on it when you share it! I will definitely make a bigger batch next go around. Thank you for sharing your recipe!
Combine whole tomatoes, Rotel, paste, onion, jalapeno, garlic, sugar, salt, cumin, lime juice, and cilantro in a blender or food processor. Pulse until you get the salsa to the consistency you’d like—about 10 to 15 pulses. Test seasonings with a tortilla chip and adjust as needed.
I like to keep a big jar of the homemade salsa in my refrigerator for up to a week. I serve the chips and salsa with quick weeknight dinners like quesadillas or tacos, and Keith loves them as a side with his sandwiches at lunch. The kids even dip veggies in the salsa for afternoon snacks. I’m not exaggerating when I say that this is truly a kitchen staple — whether we’re hosting a party or not!
For me and my home-grown peppers, Virginia, every year is different! Seasons where we have a lot of hot weather will make the peppers hotter and visa versa. But you can control the heat by adding less jalapenos – or leaving them out entirely and replacing them with sweet peppers.
Love this!!! I do the small batches. It does not last long at all. Heading out today to pick up more tomatoes as mine did not do well this summer. But I have 15+ pepper plants still bearing fruit in the middle of October in north east Ohio, from habanero to mexibells to sweets. I use 3 each of 3 varieties from my garden in this recipe. I leave skins on tomatoes and seeds in peppers! I ladle out excess tomato water for later use in other recipes. Once the pint jar is opened it usually ends up empty!!
Hi!! First of all thanks for responding all the questions. I want to do this salsa. First timer canning and doing salsa. I have a question if I want to do just half sweet salsa and half spicy. Any idea. Also I’m a fan of measuring by ounces/cups not counting the quantities of peppers. Congrats on this total success salsa!
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!
The name says it all. Awesome salsa, Great flavor. We added serrano peppers in place of the jalapeños to make it a little hotter. Doubling the recipe we canned 7 qtrs. Everyone loves it. Thanks for sharing
Dang, sorry to hear that Rod. Not sure why it would be so vinegary. I just made a quadruple batch last weekend and everything turned out perfectly again. Double check your measurements is all I can think of. Glad to hear it is normally a hit recipe though.
Jami I am a new canner and i have been researching the 15 pints of salsa i recently canned. I did not put lemon juice in, I did not measure ingredients and I used fresh cilantro, and parsley, and then I did all this in a water bath. The more research I do, the more I think I might have to dump all this out and try again.
I’ve posted somewhere around 450 recipes on this blog, and I still experience a little trepidation when I attempt something new. How is this going to work? Will it turn out well? Will it be good enough to share with others? Maybe you can relate. Somehow, I hadn’t tried making homemade versions of the jarred salsas that so often disappoint until lately. I’m never going back!
Turn your skillet into a Mexican comal, aka griddle, by slowly charring onions, garlic, and peppers in a dry skillet. We like to use this traditional dry char technique because it coaxes sweet, earthy flavors from the vegetables and gives them just a hint of smokiness.
Once you’re gloved up, cut in half and seed enough anaheim chilies to equal 1 cup chopped. You can use other mild, long green chilies or even add some sweet peppers if you’d like. It’s okay to can change the variety of peppers, just not the total amount.
My brother made this for thanksgiving for a potluck. I have canned many salsas over the years, and this was the best I’ve ever had. Thank goodness the weather is cooperating in southern Ontario and romas are still very plentiful for picking. I will be making my own batch tonight. Thanks for the great recipe
Good question Nancy. You will have better results using fresh tomatoes instead of canned. The canned tomatoes may not hold their texture well and not produce a thick and chunky salsa texture. You can use store bought Roma tomatoes instead of fresh garden tomatoes. They won’t taste as good of course, but will still do the trick.
On adjusting recipes: I know you want to “make this your own,” but with canning recipes you can only do so much. It’s important for food safety to have the proper ratio of acidic to non-acidic foods. The tomatoes are acidic, but the peppers, onions, and garlic are not. That’s why you must add the vinegar, and you can’t really mess with the amounts of peppers.You could, however, fiddle with green peppers and colored bells, or sub some of the jalapenos out for a milder pepper if you don’t like it so spicy. Just don’t be too generous with your helpings and overdo the amounts. That’s one thing I love about this recipe – it gives quantities in cups, rather than forcing me to scratch my head and wonder which onion is “small” and which green pepper fits the “medium” category.See this article on Modifying Canning Recipes and Food Safety for more details.
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.
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Hi, I’m gad to see this blog still up and running. I have been canning salsa for years with an old-school hand me down recipe (which we love) but my recipe instructs to put 1 tbsp. lime juice per jar (quart)… not added to salsa mixture. I have tomatoes ‘draining’ tonight and am going to try the apple cider vinegar this time around. I have not read this recipe before and an curious the taste comparison… I have read that it is safe for water bathing, I’m thinking the time would remain the same.
Ha! That’s too funny! Sometimes I just see the perfect related post title from a friend and don’t even check it out b/c I know all their stuff is great. I wonder if Donielle got more or less visits b/c people though it was an odd salsa? Whoops! Glad I could give you a chuckle, anyway!
Mexican fare only gets better when topped with Anna Yeatts’ colorful Fresh Salsa. The Pinehurst, North Carolina cook uses ripe tomatoes, crisp onion and a touch of minced serrano pepper, making it just as good as a side dish super spicy salsa recipe appetizer with crunchy baked tortilla chips!
This was too spicy for me (not mild!) and very vinegar-y! I know the acidity is important, but tomatoes seem pretty acidic on their own, right? I’ll stick to my old recipe (which is time tested from my mother in law, but I’m not sure if it’s officially approved by a lab) but I do like your skin slip method. Took longer than 3 min for mine. And the less ripe store-bought Romas didn’t really slip off. Garden ones did, but they weren’t Romas.
I was recently browsing books when the Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving caught my eye in the bookstore. I don’t own any canning or home preserving books so I picked up a copy. This book is such a great resource! I had already converted this recipe for Restaurant Style Salsa to a water bath canning recipe, but I wanted to do more.