With the Super Bowl just around the corner, this would be a great easy appetizer to watch the big game. Make sure you’ve got something to serve at half time because this won’t last through the first quarter.
Let’s all be honest, the only reason we go out for Mexican food is for the unlimited chips and salsa, right?! Well, it’s true for me! I will make darn sure the restaurant we go to has great chips and salsa before we even step foot in there. The salsa has to be fresh and spicy and full of flavor.
I love, love, love this salsa. I’ve made it several times and it’s been runny, so this time I drained out some of the juice from the can of tomatoes (not the Rotel). Perfection!!! Thank you thank you!
made a double batch and it is a too vinegary? Is there a way to fix this or does it need to sit longer, canned 6 days ago? I have enough ripe tomatoes and peppers to do another double batch but don’t want it to be too vinegary too.
Basically, everything is going to go into a big pot to be cooked. It doesn’t really matter in what order the ingredients go into the pot, but I do like to food process from smallest to largest as far as ending size of the pieces. I tend to put the vinegar, tomato paste (in glass jars to avoid BPA!) and spices in first, if only because I’m afraid I’ll forget them at the end and have an incredibly boring (and unsafe) batch of salsa!
Thank you so much for adding the high altitude adjustments for this recipe. With all the tomato plants in our garden this year (my husband started 24 plants from seeds) I will probably be looking for uses for our bounty. Especially since he gave some of the plants to our neighbors…
Canning salsa is something I do every year but I don’t get too adventurous with my recipe since I know everyone in my family enjoys it and it’s easy to make. This year will be different though because I’m going to try a new one or two from this list just to see how they go over.
This is almost the same as my recipe. I’m from Nicaragua, and one thing they add there which I love doing is adding little bit of white vinegar. After letting the salsa sit for about 5 minutes, it tastes amazing! I usually use the cap of the vinegar container to measure and make sure I don’t add too much.
Great recipe! Thank you! I adapted it slightly and fire-roasted the tomatoes, jalapeños and garlic and my husband and I LOVED it! Thank you for all the instructions, will DEFINITELY be making more!
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I’ve been wanting to try canning, and this seems like a good way to try it. I love salsa and could put it on almost anything. In fact, one of my favorite busy night recipes is to put two chicken breasts and 16 ounces of salsa (usually one whole jar) in a baking dish and bake at 350 for 30 minutes. So easy and delicious. Thanks for sharing.
A note about tomatoes: you do not have to peel them, but most people prefer doing so. To quickly and easily peel them: give them a quick rinse to wash them off. Then drop them into a pot of boiling water for about a minute or until you see them crack and peeling. Remove with a slotted spoon into a large bowl of very cold ice water. Now you can easily remove the peel and the core. I usually put the chopped tomatoes into my 2 quart pitcher to measure the tomatoes.
Made your recipe last week exactly as written, except for the jalapenos. Used 12 jalapenos and left seeds in. Turned out perfect. The sugar and the spices gave it a great sweet heat. I’m 67 years old and this is the best salsa I’ve ever made. Thank You for sharing your recipe.
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.
A visitor writes on August 24, 2014: “I grew my own tomatoes and love salsa but have never cared for the preservative taste I detect in store bought salsas. We followed your recipe and direction (my first time canning) and it is wonderful. Thank you so much!!”
Hi Claudia, yes, that is possible. It’s mango habanero salsa recipe canning supposed to be super thick. However, tomatoes thicken up a ton in the fridge as they chill. So place the salsa in your fridge and check it tomorrow or several hours later today and it should have thickened up much better.
-There haven’t been many (if at all) cases of food poisoning from home-canned tomato products, though the USDA has spent the last 30 years telling us that tomatoes are on the edge of acid now and aren’t ‘safe.’
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?
For the first batch, I hand chopped all the vegetables, man was that time consuming. The 2nd batch was much easier to manage solo as I used the food processor. Things went so much smoother. I’m not familiar with chili sauce and don’t think I know exactly what it is. I wish someone would would blog about it.
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The 58 cups is whole, raw tomatoes, and that’s only an approximate volume. I use the weight of the tomatoes to tell when I have enough. There’s gaps between them, and cores (stems), skins, seeds, etc that are removed during processing. Once processed, everything fits into a large (8 quart) stockpot.
Well I’m proud to say that that war has finally come to an end. I recently found a recipe in a canning magazine which provided the best of home-canned and store bought salsas. They simply called it, “Chunky Homemade Salsa.” I’ve tweaked it a bit, added a little extra, and renamed it to be more appropriately named, “Best Home Canned Thick and Chunky Salsa.”
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If there’s one vegetable gardeners love more than any other, it’s tomatoes. They’re not that hard to grow, and they taste sooooooo much better when they’re fresh off the vine. Some people even call them a “gateway vegetable,” because so many people start out growing just tomatoes before they move on to a full-scale garden.
A food processor makes short work of herbs and garlic; you should toss these ingredients into the processor before you add the tomatoes. Use it to puree half or all of the tomatoes (you may prefer to keep some tomatoes chunky).
Thinking of making this but I’m from Texas and I like my salsa spicy. I don’t like salsa that tastes like bland tomatoes or like a can of Rotel. I like it spicy but not lips on fire hot. If I left the seeds and membranes in the jalapeños would it be too hot? I’m also not sure about sugar or green peppers in the salsa. I definitely don’t want sweet salsa. What recommendations can you give me to make the salsa with some kick to it?
To make the soup, I pour myself a large bowl of the salsa processed in a food processor, add some diced vegetables (I like cucumber, celery, tomatoes and avocado) and adjust the seasoning if needed. It’s so delicious and refreshing, especially on hot summer days. Promise me to give it a try!!
UPDATE 09/06/17: Lots of you have asked for a weight measure on the tomatoes. I’ve been canning this salsa the last few days and experimented weighing and measuring tomatoes. The result? Tomatoes are unpredictable! Meaning, the exact weight (that will yield the 10 cups drained needed in the recipe) is EXTREMELY variable depending on the type of tomato used.
Hi Carl. I wouldn’t worry too much about it. The skins won’t really hurt anything other than the texture. Skimming them off the top sounds like a good idea, but I wouldn’t worry too much if you don’t get them all. Glad you’re trying the recipe.
If by “cleaning” the peppers you mean not taking all the seeds and membranes out- definitely leave them in if you want a hot sauce. I leave about 1/2 in, but my batches always turn out differently depending on the hotness of the peppers I’m using. I’ve not figured out a way to overcome that. 🙂
Yes, I do this every year! Saves me when I’m behind on my canning or waiting for more to ripen so I have a large enough batch. I usually let them sit at room temp overnight before I need to use them because they can take a while to thaw and frozen hands hurt 🙂 . I wouldn’t eat them like fresh tomatoes, but it works great for any canning recipes.
I made the salsa this last weekend with tomatoes from the garden about half slicers and half roma. I followed your easy method which works great for a working mom. But for some reason it turned out not very tomatoey, good spice, thickness, beautiful. I went ahead and canned it because I thought it might get better with time, and was scared to add tomato paste putting everything off balance. Were my tomatoes not ripe enough?
Salsa is popular and versatile, is easy to make, and freezes well. Use it plain with chips or as a sauce for many Mexican dishes. The biggest issue in making good freezer salsa is being sure you have boiled off most of the tomato water; otherwise your salsa when thawed will be way too runny. Don’t shorten the cooking time and be sure to let the salsa cool prior to freezing to avoid excess water from condensation.