Canned tomatoes never tasted better than they do in this restaurant-quality salsa you can have ready in 15 minutes flat. Cilantro and a splash of lime add refreshing flavor. —Missy Kampling, Mountain View, California
This is absolutely the first salsa I’ve ever made, and canned. Perfect! The best I’ve tasted. I’ve just begun gardening, and was able to use all ingredients from my own garden. Successful and delicious!
Want to learn about how to all the parts of a good salsa work together? The University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service has put together a great explanation of all the ingredients that are typically used in a salsa, some sample recipes and what makes a recipe safe (or not safe) to can.
Before meeting Gloria I assumed that salsa or picante sauce would be too difficult and time consuming to prepare at home. How wrong I was! I´m forever grateful to Gloria for generously sharing her family recipe with us, and thus with all of you.
Have sterilized pint jars and lids and screw caps ready (they should all be washed in very hot water). Use a canning funnel and ladle hot salsa into jars, leaving a ½-inch head space. Wipe rims clean with a damp cloth and carefully place lid on and screw cap in place. Process in a boiling water bath for 15 minutes, then place upright on counter for 24 hours (see recipe notes for link to USDA Canning Guidelines). You will hear popping sounds as the jars seal. If after 24 hours, any haven’t sealed, put in refrigerator to use now.
Dunderhead here. I forgot to skin the tomatoes. They are all qdoba green salsa recipe 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.
One thing though, I have never heard of simmering it. I switch up making mine to where I add all ingredients into a food processor and process until well mixed and chopped and then serve, or I only place the tomatoes and spices in the food processor and process until well chopped and then add the finely chopped onions, jalapenos and cilantro and then mix manually until all is well mixed. This makes for a chunkier salsa, and again I serve immediately.
The addition of tomato paste and sauce is the ticket. Gives the salsa a richness, and helps to thicken. Just perfect. The cumin and black pepper take it up another notch. Making first thing on Monday, and will triple the recipe. Dont forget to drain those tomatoes guys, it is KEY as mentioned in the article. This is one GREAT recipe!!
Thankfully my family also appreciates the sinus-clearing powers of big, bold-flavored salsa as much as I do. We love this salsa so much more than any restaurant or storebought salsa. Love it when homemade, easy recipes trump all the others.
We have been looking for a good salsa recipe for years. Have tried several, but none can compare to this one. This salsa is incredible…simply the best blend of flavors! I’ve made two batches and plan to make another. My whole family loves it! Thanks for posting!
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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.
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.
But in the mean time, go make this version. It will surprise you at how fresh and awesome it tastes! The fire-roasted tomatoes are so good, if you can find them. If not, I have used plain tomatoes tons of times, and it is still really delicious!
Thanks for the great recipe… I am an “ex-runny salsa guy” thanks to your recipe! I have always received compliments on everything I can up, probably because I use fresh from the garden (or tree, or vine) fruits, veggies and herbs. Getting rockin’ flavor wasn’t my problem, consistency was… not any more.
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I just made this today and it was AWESOME! Thank you for posting this recipe! It totally tastes like Mexican Village or Lacasit’s salsa. I made mine with Hunts Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes and 1 jalapeno and it had KICK!! My nose is still running! YUMMO!
Put all of this into a stock pot. I used a dutch oven for this batch and it was just the right size. Next you need to add your minced garlic, vinegar, salt and cilantro. Stir it up well and place on the stovetop on high until it starts to boil.
This salsa was amazing! I am 12 years old and made it for my family, and everyone loved it! I find that it goes especially well with Doritos! Thanks, MissJennifer, for the awesome recipe! It is super easy and goes well with everything! I will definitely recommend this salsa to everyone else!
Hey Ann – I would recommend making the salsa and refrigerating (as a large batch), reheating on the day you want to process, and then putting the hot salsa into warmed jars before processing. Proper food safety for steam canning means the jars need to stay as warm as possible before filling, during filling, and right as they go onto the steam canner.
I would like to make this, although we just finished off a jar of LF (roasted) salsa and it was REAL good. The only problem would be getting tomatoes in winter, so this homemade salsa would be great. Thanks.
If you were to ask each one of our family members what their favorite meals are, I can guarantee that pizza and tacos would be in the top 3 for almost everyone. These two meals get made the most around here. Good thing everyone loves them.
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I’ve been searching for a thicker than normal salsa recipe, and I think I’ve found it. What I may attempt at changing is the simmering the tomatoes for 90 minutes on the stove(that’s brutal in the heat of late summer). I think I’m going to try pressure cooking them for 45 minutes instead. This is how I make my lip-smacking marinara, and I am betting this is going to make for tasty salsa as well.
This is a good basic fresh salsa recipe and I keep the tomato juice out by using roma tomatoes as they are easy to seed and you have less juice to contend with. I like using the Serrano pepper for a little different flavor, and use chopped green onions when I have them. This is an easy recipe to alter for your own specific taste.
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!
Do you know exactly how much this makes? I need 2 and a half cups for an enchilada recipe and it would be great! Just didn’t know if I needed to double the recipe to get this amount. Thanks for sharing!