I made this salsa last week, canned 8 1/2 pints. This is hands down the best recipe I’ve seen (and tried) and I was so surprised to see there was sauce as well as paste in it!! I substituted a 1/2 orange pepper and 1/2 yellow because I don’t care for green. It was such a big hit – this is my go to!! Thank you!
I’m a total salsa snob. So hard to find a good store bought salsa. I’d love to try this to see if I approve but I hate cilantro. So I’m scared to make a batch if I end up not liking it. And scared it won’t be a winner without it.
Salsa is a versatile condiment that can go on chips, burritos, eggs, or even mixed in with ranch for a healthier salad dressing. Salsa is naturally low in calories and speeds up the body’s metabolism, making it a fantastic addition to your diet. Commercial salsas can be loaded with sodium and contain preservatives, so making your own easy homemade salsa recipe is a good idea. Plus, fresh always tastes better!
I have a question. I noticed from the pictures that the tomatoes when cooked look like the consistency of tomato sauce, no chunks …..however in your last picture of the finished product there is lots of tomato chunks (my kinda salsa) – how is this done?
The cumin is the secret ingredient. You definitely can’t leave it out else it tastes like tomato sauce that went bad. I substituted sugar for honey and added green onions and used lemon instead of lime. it was delicious.
The tomatoes come last, just because I want to be the most gentle with them, but I guess it’s not all that important. Everything thus far goes from the food processor to the 4-cup measuring cup, then into the pot.
Judy – it’s really up to you but it’s not recommended to can salsa or tomato products with skins on due to the increase in bacteria. I make fresh salsa with the skins on, too (I agree, delicious!) but when canning, I always remove the skins. Yes, the cooking time softens the vegetables and increases the flavor a bit.
Brighten up your favorite main dishes by adding fresh Serrano-Cilantro Salsa. We love serving this as a topping on our savory flank steak Suadero Tacos. Cooking the serrano peppers along with diced onion and garlic brings out a smoky flavor. Be sure to process the pepper mixture and the rest of the ingredients in order to make sure this salsa is totally dippable.
Hi Caitlin – I’m not sure – the method is entirely different with an InstantPot (it uses high pressure to can). I’ve read that the pressure doesn’t get high enough in an InstantPot to safely can foods so you might want to check into that before trying.
If I had any complaints about this salsa recipe (which I don’t), it would be how long it takes to make a batch. There’s about 1.5 hours of prep time, plus around 2 hours of cooking time from start to finish. Because of this, I strongly encourage you to double or triple the recipe and just make a day out of it.
Tomatoes – 10 cups peeled, cored, chopped tomatoes, which takes about about 8 lbs (yes, quite a few – you remove the skins, seeds and a lot of the water, so it takes a lot to start.) If you only want to make a single jar, see this page instead!
Make your Salsa Day fun by inviting your friends to join in on the preparation, and reward them with containers to take home and freeze. While everyone is chopping and stirring, definitely turn on some contra music for added fun!
Linda, glad the cooking saved your day! It always picks me up too. As for the jelly jars, they should be just fine. Just follow the same guidelines and leave the same headspace. I’ve canned this salsa in both pints and quarts, and can’t imagine the half pint jelly jars will make any difference. I think you can get away with less processing time doing half pints (just 10), but just do the full 15 minutes to be safe. It won’t affect the salsa any.
Finally!! A thick salsa! I found this recipe while searching the web I tried this & its perfection along with tasty. For those wonder why to use cumin seeds instead of the already ground cumin it really does make a difference. Toast in a dry pan & when you can smell it it’s ready to be ground up. aroma is awesome. I have finally found the salsa recipe that is a keeper. Thank you so much for your awesome pictures there was no guessing where I was at in the process of making this.Thanks again
A. Well, Grandma may be sweet, but a lot of her generation died of cancer from smoking, heart attacks from eating too much saturated fat… And food poisoning! 🙂 Jam should get 5 minutes in the boiling water bath, too.
I canned these in a water bath without a problem. Throwing all my other salsa recipes away… And THANK YOU for the broiler skinning method!! I’ve been telling all my friends about it! Way easier than using all that water.
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It is my belief that you need both fresh and canned ingredients to make the best homemade salsa recipe. I like to https://great-salsa.com/category/canning/ with fresh sweet garden tomatoes, red onion, garlic, jalapeños, cilantro, and lime. Then chop them into a fine grade in the food processor.
O. Em. Gee! I am so super excited I found this. Just poured it out of the blender and I cannot stop eating it. I read the reviews and knew that it was gonna be pretty good but this was above my expectations. Jarred salsa -NEVER AGAIN!! Can’t wait to try this with fresh tomatoes. The recipe is GREAT. BRAVO and thanks for sharing it 🙂 This ones going in my recipe tin FOR SURE!
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