My mom and I love your salsa! We would like to jar it because our garden has produced some much this year and we’d like to be able to enjoy it year around! If we do jar it, do we need to add vinegar or some type of preservative? We noticed that when we made it, it lost it’s power after about a week. Have you ever jarred it before?
Freezing them first shouldn’t make any difference. In fact, I read yesterday that you can peel ‘maters by freezing first, then put them in a sink of warm water. Peels are supposed to all but drop off. Haven’t tried it myself, but do have tomatoes in the freezer! I’m thinking they’re going to be mushy, but it’s salsa-who cares!
Use a ladle to fill the hot jars with the hot salsa, leaving ¼ inch head space. Close the lids and place the jars in a boiling water bath for 15 minutes. Make sure the jars are fully submerged under water with several inches of water above them. Remove the jars and let them rest undisturbed for 24 hours before moving them.
I never make comments on websites but I have to say that this recipe is really really good! I had to stray a bit because we did not have enough tomatoes from the garden, so I added about 30-40% roasted Tomatillos. Next time I will go and buy enough tomatoes so I can triple the recipe. This really is the best canned salsa I have ever made by a long shot! Thanks for sharing the recipe.
After you’ve eaten your salsa, the jars and bands can be reused in future canning projects. However, you should never reuse lids – always purchase new lids (they are inexpensive) to ensure a proper seal.
I was wondering how this recipe would work out with smoking the jalapenos first. What are your thoughts? My husband would like to try to make a smoked pepper salsa, we are looking for some good recipes and I think yours sounds like it would be delicious!
I MADE THIS WHEN MY SON WAS HOME FROM COLLEGE DURING WINTER BREAK. IT WAS A HUGE HIT. HE IS COMING HOME THIS WEEKEND AND REQUESTED THE SALSA. CAN’T WAIT TO TRY IT WITH FRESH GARDEN TOMATOES THIS SUMMER. THANKS FOR THE GREAT RECIPES!!
Thanks, Mell, for this recipe! I love your method of removing the skins from the tomatoes. How close to the broiler do you put the tomatoes? I think I had them too far away. Still had to work at getting the skin off. Thank you!
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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 paul newman black bean and corn salsa recipe 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
Just updating my own comment to say that the salsa turned out great! I left one jar unprocessed to eat right away and it’s delicious. I did add the optional sugar and the taste is an interesting combination of sweet and tart with a good kick from the jalapenos.
I love this recipe because it is hearty and made from all fresh ingredients. We’ve all devoured it this week, including Hailey. If I wasn’t planning on sharing with her, I would have added another jalapeno to kick up the spice factor, which you may want to consider doing.
Chips and salsa go together like…well, chips and salsa! So, since you’re planning to make homemade salsa, why not pair it with homemade chips? We’ve got a great recipe for Crispy Crunchy Pita Chips we think you’ll want to try!
This is a really delicious BASIC salsa recipe. I have no idea why anyone would say it tastes disgusting. You have to make sure you have fresh ingredients though, particularly, fresh, and tasty, tomatoes. You can’t make tasty salsa without tasty ingredients! I use a jalepeno (and remove some of the seeds for my kids) and extra garlic every time. Salt plentifully. We serve it with everything Mexican – tonight chicken enchiladas, but also with carnitas tacos, chicken/steak fajitas. Love it!
Thanks so much for posting this and sharing your amazing recipe. I have been successfully using your recipe for a couple of years now! My husband loves this salsa! I quadrupled the recipe. I also cut back the Jalapeños!
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Also, for those who are too lazy to put on gloves to cut chile peppers, you can always use a fork and knife, as if you were cutting them to eat them. That’s how they do it in Mexico. Just a note: they don’t even cut them with their bare hands down there, so don’t try it at home!
Active comments on a post that is from so long ago is testament to a great recipe!! This recipe is very similar to my signature salsa: Rotel, diced tomatoes, onion, garlic, lime, salt, & pepper. Mine is left chunky rather than processed smooth. I just had to share my secret ingredient which everyone raves over. Rather than cilantro I use fresh mint from the garden. It gives it an unmistakable flavor and slight cooling on the tongue to accompany the heat of the salsa.
You’re right, Jen, that’s not considered a safe-for-canning method. You should always use a tested recipe with measured ingredients to keep your acid-to-low-acid ratios in check (higher acid being tomatoes, lemon juice or vinegar, lower are peppers, onions, cilantro/parsley, garlic).
What does it matter if I leave the skins on? It would be one less thing to mess with. I made fresh salsa with the skins on and I did not cook anything. All fresh and delicious! Is there a reasons to cook the salsa for 15 minutes besides softening the veggies?
Wow .. I can’t believe how great this recipe is!! Thank you for sharing. I made it for the Superbowl and everyone loved it. I served w/Lavash flatbread chips and oh my word …. seriously good. This one is definitely a keeper!!
Think salsa is just for chips? Think again! While we love the ease of throwing together a simple appetizer for hungry family and friends with one of our salsa recipes, chips, and guacamole; you can also use salsa as a tasty topping on your favorite tacos, grilled chicken, or fish. The possibilities are endless. If you’re crunched for time, but still want homemade flavor, start with a store-bought fresh salsa and stir in a few fresh ingredients like roasted corn, cilantro, and chopped red onion. If time is no object and you’re starting from scratch we recommend allowing plenty of time for your salsa mixture to chill in the refrigerator. This will help the flavors meld leaving you with a salsa recipe that is a surefire crowd pleaser.
The tomatoes, peppers, onions, and cilantro in this homemade fresh salsa for canning recipe puts the store-bought stuff to shame! It’s a family favorite of ours, and one I spent several hours making last week.
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.
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.)
Fill inexpensive, reusable glass jars with Spring Salsa and chips for easy carrying. This colorful salsa of corn, tomatoes, and cilantro would be equally delicious served over salad greens or in warm tortillas with grilled chicken.
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.
This sounds and looks amazing. I was hoping to get enough tomatoes off of my plants this year to make salsa but it was not meant to be. If I can find some good looking tomatoes I’m going to make some of this. We love salsa around here.
Jars may be reprocessed, but you should check the headspace, wipe the rims clean and probably use new lids if the original ones appear malformed. I wouldn’t put them right back in again, because whatever caused the failure the first time will probably cause a failure again.
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.
Prepare tomatoes by soaking tomatoes in boiling water for 2-3 minutes to split and loosen skins. Peel and chop all tomatoes, drain excess juices off in a strainer or colander before adding to extra large bowl. (I half or quarter the tomatoes, then process briefly in a food processor before draining off juices, I like the tomatoes kind of chunky).