So I started paying attention. I tried when I got home a few days later and failed. So then, I had her to my house. I wasn’t going to screw it up this time; I took notes. For over a year now, I have been making my variation of Yesenia’s recipe. And now my dear readers, I am sharing with you. Oh and Yesenia did give me permission. She is not one of those that likes to keep good food a secret!
UPDATE: Thanks to Janet in the comments for letting me know steam canners HAVE been approved by a national extension office and the National Center for Home Food Preservation for processing times under 45 minutes (here’s the article).
On adjusting the heat: You can use seeds in part or all of your jalapenos. Seeds add heat; I leave them in about half the peppers. That’s for “hot” salsa! Also, you can seek out hot peppers with more stripes or “cracks” if you like spicy, as they naturally carry a zing.
This salsa is amazing! I made it last year but didn’t leave a comment, probably because I was too busy eating all the salsa. Just finished a batch today and thought I would add my two cents that I used about 18 pounds of roma tomatoes to get the 10 cups for this recipe. Perfect salsa every single time! I used 5 jalapenos and it has just a hint of heat, which is perfect for me, a self-proclaimed spice wimp. Thanks for another fool-proof recipe, Mel!
I like mine with a few cloves of garlic added to the mix, and then black beans and corn stirred in after the food processor has done its thing. Never tried the honey, I will have to do that next time.
I’m hoping Andrea will chime in here about canning this particular recipe but if you are looking for a salsa recipe you might want to check out this Salsa Recipe for Canning that we posted a while back. It’s really good!
Pair our recipe for Watermelon-Mango Salsa with Crunchy Jerk Tacos, or serve with a hearty pita chip for dipping. We love this refreshing salsa anytime of year, but it’s especially suited for summertime picnics and get-togethers. Friends and family will rave over the fresh, tropical flavors with just the right amount of kick.
I made it tonight…tried some off the spoon ….pretty tasty…I added some Serrano peppers and more jalapeños to make it more spicy…hands are burning but my mouth is watering….thanks…used tomatoes from my garden
1 tablespoon sugar (optional – you use Stevia (in a prepared form like Truvia, it measures same as sugar; if you use another form, you’ll need do your own conversion) – or Splenda, if you prefer, if you are on a sugar-restricted diet, or simply omit the sugar)
Not tomatoey? I’m not sure what that means, Shelley – if it was not all those things, what was it? Was it too watery, is that what you’re saying? Your tomatoes may have been too juicy? You can always squeeze the tomatoes some after quartering before adding to the processor. I’m not sure about the spice, though.
I have checked out all kinds of recipes online and your recipe is the winner I am gonna make a batch tonite I was wondering if I could use citric acid (food grade of course) instead of the lime juice and vinegar?
The recipe looks good except for adding factory canned tomato sauce and paste! Ugh. I make my own and would use it. If I didn’t make my own I would simply cook it longer to thicken. You sort of lose the whole meaning of “home canned” if you add factory food in it, don’t you think?
Not sure what went wrong with my salsa.. followed recipe to a T and mine turned out an orangey color and pulsed on low for maybe 20-30 seconds & it’s very runny. Looks nothing like the photos and doesn’t taste like I hoped it would. 🙁
And when you’re hosting a party, have you ever noticed that the chips and salsa are the first foods to disappear? No matter how many fancy side salads, dips, or canapés folks set out, the chips and salsa are inevitably the most popular. You just can’t go wrong with the simple combo, and today I’ve upped the game. With a fresh and easy homemade salsa, you’ll never go back to the jarred store-bought version again!
turned out great. made second batch replacing the cumin with two other ingredients both smell great and made it a bit more chunky. we used a walla walla sweet onion. and organic cilantro. house was very aromatic. how long do you let them sit?
Made this tonight. Absolutely delicious! Loved the tip about the tomato skins. I have never heard this before. I was there with your grandmother. Not any more! Thank you for sharing this recipe. God bless,
Most of the time it’s great, because I never get sick of any one particular recipe, but it kinda stinks, too, because there are a lot of recipes that I haven’t made in FOREVER (like this Easy Beef Lo Mein that Trevor requests at least once a month 😉 )
Last year was the first year my girls and I made salsa. My friend Angie has an awesome recipe that she shared with me and we tweaked it for our own tastes. We made several different batches and added a different level of “hotness” to each one. I’ve noted at the bottom what you can add/subtract to get the spiciness you want.
This chunky, smoky salsa tastes amazing with tortilla chips. Roasted tomatoes, garlic, onion and jalapeno are blended with cilantro and cumin to create one of the tastiest and easiest Mexican-inspired recipes you’ll ever try.
I’m making your salsa today. Your ingredients are right on with the ingredients I use to make it fresh. The only difference for me is, I had an abundance of tomatoes this summer. I cored them and froze them whole. I just put them in my stockpot and will cook them down until the water is just about gone. I’ll use my emulsion hand blender to run through the peels. I’ll add the other ingredients after this, that way I still get a little chunkiness. I did the process yesterday with pizza sauce (canned) and used about 2 gallons of tomatoes. Turned out great.
Niki, sorry for my delayed reply. I’ve been on vacation and away from connectivity. The cilantro is strictly for flavor so leave it out if you don’t like it. As for the celery, a little should be fine. Too much will change the Ph, which could mean unsafe storage. https://great-salsa.com/blog/ add a little extra lime or lemon juice to compensate.
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!!
Canning jars (pint size, wide mouth), includes lids and rings 9 jars $8.00/dozen Grocery stores, like Publix, Kroger and Safeway and local “big box” stores; sometimes Big Lots and even hardware stores $6.00
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.
Haha! I can totally relate to that. This last Summer I canned up a STORM. It was my first time canning and even though I was excited about all of the jars full of different goodies, I was kind of nervous about actually eating and of it! So, in a streak of paranoia, I had my husband consult a colleague of his who is a pathologist. I figured since he is an expert on germs he ought to know about the safety of eating canned goods. The pathologist said that as long as the lid hasn’t popped it’s completely safe and he wouldn’t hesitate to eat it or feed it to his own kids. That made me feel a whole lot better 🙂 We’ve been enjoying all the jams, relishes, pickles, apple sauce, and salsas since and…we’re still breathing! Go for it, Tori!
When you slice jalapenos, smart people should wear gloves. I know you’re wise like that. You probably won’t just “try” to not touch the seeds and then make this your mantra for the rest of the night: “Don’t touch your eyes. Don’t touch your eyes. Don’t touch your eyes.”
Please correct this recipe before someone gets sick. The vinegar recipe part is way to low. It should be 1 cup not 1/2 cup. 4.0 is way too low it should be 4.6. I would do it before you end up getting in to trouble… serous
With tomatoes so abundant in gardens and Farmer’s Markets right now, why not make a batch yourself? You don’t even need to can it — this freezes well so you can enjoy the taste of summer all year long!
Add the seasonings and bring to a gentle simmer, just to get it hot (180 F, if you have a thermometer). Keeping it at 180 F for 30 minutes prior to water bath processing kills any bacteria and enzymes. Adjust the heat to maintain 180 F and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
I made this recipe and canned it today. I pretty much followed the recipe except that I put in 1/4 cup chopped cilantro (and left out a little bit of the onion and jalapeno, about 1/4 worth). Instead of cayenne pepper, I put in a finely chopped cayenne pepper since I had so many from my garden. My tomatoes were not Roma and were pretty juicy. Result: Very Hot!!! (so maybe a whole cayenne pepper was too much??), and only made 3 1/2 pints (I realize results can vary, and my tomatoes probably cooked down quite a lot). All in all, very tasty! PS: Thanks for reminding people to wear rubber gloves when handling hot peppers! I will probably try this again with the other variety of tomatoes that I grew this summer, Russian Black (the ones I use today are called Stupice).
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