My Favorite Salsa Ever: The texture is somewhere between chunky and thin. There are lots of small pieces of veggies suspended in the liquid base. I think what makes this really fantastic is the fresh and spicy flavor, similar to pico de gallo. Now I keep a batch in the fridge at all times. Recipe found at Annie’s Eats.
You are most welcome Sarah. Glad you and your family like the salsa. I too have used my Cuisinart to save time and labor. I just did small amounts at a time and quick little pulses to try to make larger chunks. Worked OK but nothing beats a manual knife. Anyway, thanks for the comment. Happy eating!
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.
No, sorry, I haven’t. Skinning 22 pounds of tomatoes without blanching sounds like a pain in the backside. I know some folks skip peeling and just chop up the tomatoes. If you don’t mind more chewy salsa and skin bits, that would be another option.
Great question, Liz…and very timely. I’ve been making batches of this salsa for the last few days and keep forgetting to weigh the tomatoes for a precise measurement. I am making another batch tomorrow and will do so and report back! So much depends on the variety and exact size of the tomato, so I’ll get a weight measure that will take the guesswork out of it. You definitely want to use a full 10 cups of chopped tomatoes for proper pH levels.
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OHMYGOODNESS, this stuff is amazing!!! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! I am a salsa addict, and I’m pretty sure this recipe is only going to make the problem worse–oddly enough, I’m okay with that!
Remove the jars carefully from the water or steam bath and let cool to room temperature. Check to make sure the jars have sealed correctly (lightly press the top of the lid; it should be firm – if the center bubbles up and down when you press on it, it hasn’t sealed correctly and will need to be refrigerated or re-processed).
Spread a kitchen towel on the counter. Use your jar lifter to remove warm jars from canner, drain, and line up on the towel. Use your canning ladle and funnel and add the salsa to the warm jars leaving 1/4-inch headspace. Wipe the rims. Use your magnetic lid lifter to lift lids out of the warm water, center lid on the jar, and screw on band until it is fingertip tight.
In a small bowl combine garlic, onion and tomatoes with cilantro, salt, and pepper (or garlic pepper salt). Stir with a spoon and mash a little, this will make it juicy, and as it sits it’ll get juicer.
It drives me bonkers when I see pico de gallo recipes called salsa! I see it all the time and while they have similar ingredients, the texture is totally different. Pico de gallo is all raw chopped chunks, whereas the very definition of salsa is “sauce” in Spanish. Therefore it should be saucy. I have never been to a Mexican restaurant in my life where they serve salsa and chips and it is a bowl of chunky pico de gallo….simply because they are different! I can’t stand pico de gallo, but I love salsa…..it’s totally a texture thing for me.
10 Let jars cool, lids should pop: Remove jars from the water bath and let sit on a counter for several hours until completely cool. The lids should “pop” as the cooling salsa creates a vacuum under the lid and the jars are sealed.
Optional: Cilantro, cumin, and any other peppers. I used banana and hot chile peppers that I grew myself, plus an ancho chile – different combinations of peppers will give you different flavored salsas, so be creative. Just be sure you taste it as you go – you don’t want to make it too spicy to eat and share!
Combine all the ingredients in a bowl. If you prefer a smoother texture―more like jarred―pulse half the salsa in a food processor, then combine it with the remaining chunky half. Cover tightly and refrigerate for up to 5 days.
Remove lids, one at a time, from the simmering water, quickly dry off, and place on top of filled jar. Then, screw on the band (hold the lid in place with one finger in the center, and use the other hand to screw on the band).
This ones a keeper! Just started a garden this year and I didn’t know what to do with all the cod salsa recipe 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!
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I loved this recipe when I first came across it. Not only the presentation of it with the photos but also the fresh taste of it when I first ever made it. I just couldn’t get enough. I did notice, however, the first time I made it and all the following other times that in general, it seemed pretty watery. I excused it the first time I made it because it was a new recipe I had never tried. Now that I’ve repeated it, I’m noticing it even more. The only thing I’ve done different in the recipe is substituted organic maple syrup for the honey, as I do not eat honey. Is there something else that could be done without really altering this recipe just to thicken it up a bit? Because I’m about to drain this stuff and I don’t want to lose anything good about it.
I use a jar of medium or hot Herdez salsa and two cans of el pato sauce and everything she uses except the honey and tons and tons of lime juice. Makes is so fresh! My fiance calls it cheater salsa (but he keeps asking me to make it!) :p Oh I also add green onions right at the end and leave them as little slices, I like that extra crunch!
I love salsa!! That is all I plant each year is the ingredients for fresh salsa!! Some times I add black beans and fresh corn…I even added cucumbers once! But in my opinion, no mater which variety I have to have Cilantro!! Found you on Mama Buzz!! Hey I would love it if you stopped by my place and shared your stuff on My 2 favorite Things on Thursday – Link Party!! I would love to have you!!
I really like this. i have made it three times in the past 4 days. last night i got a baking dish threw in half cup brown rice, cup of chicken broth, 1/3 cup corn, then slathered this salsa on top of my frozen chicken and covered it then let it cook for like an hr and a half OMGolly! it was fantastic.
After you’ve skinned all of your tomatoes, it’s time to seed and juice them. To do so, cut your tomato in half, then squeeze each half into a bowl (instead of getting rid of this juice, I canned it too – now I have several quarts of fresh tomato juice on hand!). When you squeeze, a lot of liquid and seeds should come out – don’t try and get every drop of liquid out of the flesh, just a squeeze or two is fine. But be careful, as you can never tell where the juice will squirt – I got myself in the eye a few times, not to mention the walls, counters, and cabinets near me!
Q. Do you know how long that will be good for once it is canned? All your other recipes have expiration dates – well, at date ranges. I’m trying to be careful with the labelling so I don’t have problems in March like, ‘Was this bottled last year or three years ago?’ (I’m ashamed to say, it has happened…)
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I have got to try this recipe next year. We didn’t have a garden this year, but next year I WILL have a garden, even if it’s in containers. I love home canned everything. No preservatives and I know what is in there.
We lived in West Texas for 18 years and now live in NE Pennsylvania. Didn’t have to worry about Salsa in Texas as there was a Mexican restaurant on almost every corner. Not so in PA. I have been making my Salsa (Mexican Chili) from a good Mexican friend of ours now for 12 years with some adjustments, 1 large can of Furmano’s whole tomatoes, jalapenos, cumin, coriander, salt fresh cilantro (when we can get it), minced garlic, diced yellow onions, lemon and lime juice, and some other spices. Will have to say it is VERY good.Have had many people Rave about it who are transplants like myself from Texas and California.