3) Peeling tomatoes is the pits, but it must be done for this recipe (both from a texture and bacteria standpoint). I know my grandmother will roll in her grave, but I don’t use the traditional cut an X in the tomato, plunge it into boiling water and then submerge in an ice bath method.
I threw this together after an overzealous trip to the farmers market! My family loved it from the first bite. You can serve it right away but the best flavor is achieved after letting the salsa rest in the refrigerator for a few hours. —Andrea Heyart, Aubrey, Texas
I made several batches of your recipe! However, I ran out of tomato sauce for one of the batches and instead used tomato paste and water to dilute it (since paste is thicker than sauce). Should it be ok as far as PH levels, acidity, so it remains safe for canning?
Now you may find it odd to add honey to salsa, however most people add sugar to their homemade tomato sauce (I know I do). The sugar helps cut the acidity of tomatoes. Remember tomatoes are a fruit. So sweetness is a part of what a perfect in-season tomato should taste like. Adding some honey to this recipe for The BEST Salsa Recipe is part of what makes it earn the title in my opinion….and makes it straw-worthy…Mmmmmm!
I’m new to canning and trying to understand pressure canning versus water bath. https://great-salsa.com/category/mexican-food/ you add corn and black beans to this salsa which are low acid, can you just pressure can it to make it safe? Thank you in advance for any help!
Very good Damn salsa! Want to switch it up and try this recipe a little different? I made this with no cumin and I substituted lime juice instead of lemon. It gives it a more authentic flavor. (I’m from the southwest) leave the cumin for the main dish. (Although very good) Call it The Best Damn Salsa With Lime!)
Wow .. I can’t believe how great this recipe is!! Thank you for sharing. I made it for the Superbowl and everyone loved it. I served w/Lavash flatbread chips and oh my word …. seriously good. This one is definitely a keeper!!
Have been making salsa for many years,always a different recipe. Mel this recipe is the bomb. You can’t buy salsa this good. Only thing I changed was adding more jalapenos with seeds. Got rave reviews from family and friends. Thank you.
I made this and mine is more orangeish.. omitted the honey and added a whole jalapeno including the seeds. followed the recipe dead on otherwise.. it’s a little runny too 🙁 Any suggestions to thickening it or making it the deep red color?
It’s like these little humans in our home think that food is a necessity or something. I could totally be fine with homemade chocolate chip brownies for dinner, but that isn’t really looked upon as a nutritious dinner choice.
I first found your recipe on google and was excited to post it on my pinterest board. This is my first time making salsa and I must say with your recipe it will not be the last. I grew my own garden this year, just for the purpose of making salsa. Everything else I had in my pantry. So glad I read all the great comments which convinced me that this was the perfect thick salsa recipe. I know the 12 pints I canned will not last long.
I just made this last night & I cannot stop boasting about it! It is absolutely amazing! I did make a few changes, like using serrano peppers instead of a jalapeno, and used two large tomatoes instead of a can of whole peeled tomatoes. Also, after adding the diced tomatoes, I didn’t pulse it anymore.. I just stirred the tomatoes in for chunkier salsa. I added garlic salt as well to taste. I cannot believe how simple this is, and how great it tastes! Thank you for sharing=)
I have the same question about leaving skins on. My Roma tomatoes are all puny, and I’d rather blend them all up than peel them. Also what about using cherry tomatoes if I have a bazillion of them? Just blend? Thanks!
The seeds in the peppers are what add more spice to your salsa. So if you like a spicier salsa, add more seeds from the jalapeno and bell peppers. If you really want it hot, use a red hot jalapeno pepper. If you want a milder salsa, use red bell peppers in place of the green peppers and take out all of the seeds in the jalapeno peppers.
This fun, fresh-tasting salsa from Nancy Whitford of Edwards, New York, is strawberry-sweet with just a hint of bite. “I found the recipe in our local paper years ago. It really adds a punch to fish, chicken or tortilla chips and has wonderful color and eye appeal.”
karinagw, thank you for the glowing report! We also enjoy salsa with a little more texture. Next time you can add more peppers for extra spice. We have several friends who don’t enjoy the flavor of cilantro, either. One says it tastes like dirt! So we have experimented with cilantro-less salsa and found a little lime rounds on the flavors. Thanks again for your feedback. Have a great week.
Thanks for trying the recipe and I’m glad it’s a favorite for you and your family! I grew up in MN and know exactly how winters are (even fresh storebought produce is quite pathetic) and amen for canned tomatoes, right!
Sounds fabulous Lea Ann. I love smoked paprika and I’m sure it made a great addition. As I read this I thought of Larry and his homemade tomato juice. What do you bet he’ll be making your salsa next year with his bounty of tomatoes.
A. Yes, salsa, tends to be at peak quality for about 6 months, then ok for another 6 months. After that, the USDA says it is still safe to eat as long as the seal is intact, but it darkens and becomes mushier than most people would like! So, if you have an older jar, and there’s no leakage, a good seal, and everything looks ok, open it and try!