While the salsa is cooking, you can prepare your water-bath canner, jars, and lids. Here’s step-by-step canning guide where I take you through the whole process if you’ve never canned before. And here is a video tutorial you can watch as well:
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.
The key to this recipe is to char the tomatoes and peppers on the stovetop. I tried to do it in the oven once and roast the tomatoes & peppers, bad move. It will take you about 20 minutes, but sooooooo worth the wait. You’ll need to rotate the veggies from time to time, so all the sides are pretty even. Here is what the vegetables will look like once they are done:
Just a wild guess, but I would think the amount of garlic would be so small that it would be insignificant. Plus, garlic isn’t going to add acid which is the important part. Good tip about hot peppers! 🙂 Katie
Plums, jalapeño, basil, red onion, and a splash of lime juice come together to create a quick and fruity salsa that you and your family will love. Serve with our Pan-Grilled Chicken for a quick weeknight meal.
When I used a combination of Roma/paste tomatoes and everyday garden tomatoes (don’t know the exact variety, but in this batch, Romas probably made up about 1/3 of the total amount of tomatoes), I needed almost six pounds of tomatoes to equal 2 1/2 cups of drained tomatoes. That’s because my non-paste tomatoes have a ton of liquid that drains off. Today, I measured 2 pounds of JUST paste tomatoes (about 12-14 small to medium Romas from my garden) and after taking the skins off, crushing lightly and letting drain, I had a little over 1 cup of drained tomatoes to use for this salsa. I do tend to err on the side of over-draining, as an FYI.
Every year I plant way more tomato seeds than any one family should, in hopes that a few plants will survive and thrive. I am not known for being the best gardener, yet I do get lucky every now and again.
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.
Oven canning is not recommended. Although the temperature range is similar (or higher in an oven), convective heat transfer (air to jars) does not work as well as conductive heat transfer (water to jars). Odds are you’d damage the sealant on the ring before getting safe internal temperatures throughout the salsa.
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?
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Voilà! We turned chicken enchiladas into a dip (and the results speak for themselves). Packed with all the enchilada flavors we’ll never get enough of—ever, it’s perfect for when you just want to have chips and dip for dinner.
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.
“My husband had been buying some salsa from the store at $4.99 per container. So I purchased ingredients that was listed on the label, and made my own. It took a few tries but this worked best for our tastes. I had to list an amount for the cilantro, but I just grabbed about 1/2 a bunch (probably made 1/4-1/2 cup), chopped it and added it. It’s also best if it’s refrigerated for at least 1 hr so the flavors can blend.”
I’m paying attention to all these canned salsa recipes. I tried two (similar) recipes this year and I don’t much like either of them. I will eat them, but they’re just not what I wanted. So next year I’ll need a new one to try! (I already have 12 pts. so it is what it is.)
-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.’
This is very similar to the salsa I have made for years, and which is very good! I have never used rotel OR honey in mine. I may have to try that next time just to see the difference. But one thing I did change a few years back, kinda by accident, is the onion. I started using green onions in place of regular onion, about 3 for one can of tomatoes. They give such a different flavor, and I switched forever. This is my favorite kind of salsa (though almost all are good in their own way), but definitely trying with the honey. Thanks for posting and promoting salsa!
going to make my first batch tonight of this. My kids eat salsa and chips like its the best in the world. From all the reviews I saw, sounds like a winner. I wanted to spice the heat up, but wife said no! maybe will do my own batch since i like fire. will let you know how it turns out.
Update: Because I was paranoid about the peppers, I actually could have upped them a smidge. OTOH, right now it has a gentle heat which won’t burn you out after a couple bites. I did lie though. I omitted the celantro because I am one of those whose tastebuds interpret it as soap. Something tastes like it needs a little more of something, but possibly I mis-measured because the taste is wonderful..I might not whirl the tomatoes quite as much next time though. Boy, this a long comment to basically say Brava.
“This is the best salsa recipe I’ve found so far and I’ve tried about a dozen. I got it from one of the local hospital cookbooks that are sold in my area. I changed it a bit and have been canning it for years. The reason I plant a garden is for this salsa. We would be lost without it. Hope you like it as much as we do. One of our members who is a food scientist took this salsa to work, tested the pH and found it measured under 4.0 (well within the safety limit for boiling water bath processing).”
So good! I have made this about 6 times now. I made it to bring over to a friend’s house and I got 2 calls this morning asking for the recipe. Thank you! I never made salsa before in my life and now this is my favorite!
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).
So pregnant me hears a Mexican song on the radio and immediately envision myself eating dinner at Mexico Restaurant. I decide it’s the chips and salsa I really want and since I’m headed to the grocery store anyway, I decide to try my hand at restaurant style salsa. Found your recipe while in the store, and made it asap when I got home. uncouldnt believe how easy it was! My mind was a bit blown that canned tomatoes are the base ingredient. My only critique would be to leave off the cumin or at least try it in a small bowl to make sure you like it before adding to the whole mixture.
Oh yes!! Pretty sure salsa is my favorite food of all time, and I agree–homemade is always best! Yikes-I have no idea why it’s been so long since I’ve made it at home! Your recipe is my https://great-salsa.com/about-us/ whipping up a batch this week! 🙂
This hasn’t been an easy year for farmers in our area as they’ve struggled with the heat and drought. But one vegetable that thrives in hot sunny weather is the tomato, and right now they are at their peak. If you love fresh tomato-based sauces, this is the time to head to the farmers’ market to stock up!
Remove the jars from the stockpot and place onto a cloth-covered or wood surface, several inches apart, until cool. Once cool, press the top of each lid with a finger, ensuring that the seal is tight (lid does not move up or down at all). Refrigerate after opening.
After years of canning different salsa recipes I went on a quest last year to make and identify the best salsa recipe. This was a serious test – my canning team (aka – my sister and best friend) can together and can a lot; and, salsa is the most anticipated and loved of our canning products. We needed to ensure consistently high quality batches of salsa year after year. Thus, our quest!
I make a very similar recipe. Ours has a little less lime juice, and add some ACV. Also, e use canned diced tomatoes, but I think crushed might be even better. I can’t wait to try it! BTW, when do you add your cilantro? I couldn’t find that step in the recipe.
Hi Laurie thanks for such a detailed article w your recipe…I am chopping today but a bit confused about TOM. measurement…in one reply above u said approx. 6quarts which is 24 C. …in another reply you say 58 C. !!! Did you mean you fill your 8qt. Pot twice?( a few inches from the top…) did I misread?
My favorite “fresh” salsa is The Pioneer Woman’s Restaurant Salsa. My husband would like me to make it three times a month so we never run out. I just make sure I buy Muir Glen whole tomatoes so it tastes good every time.
Heat a small ungreased cast-iron skillet over high heat. With a small sharp knife, pierce jalapenos; add to hot skillet. Cook for 15-20 minutes or until peppers are blistered and blackened, turning occasionally.