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’ll add notes to the recipe and in the comment thread below. Basically, a lot will depend on the variety of tomatoes you have and you should really just use the weight measure as a guideline since it may vary quite a bit.
Given this is our first year gardening, in pots no less, our plants have not produced standard sized fruits and I’m concerned, they may not continue producing. We’ve been using the tomatoes as they’ve come in, so we’ve not been bombarded by any crops yet, though I know, it’s still early. Maybe if we move here in the next week or so, I may just put the plants right into the ground and see how they do.
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I made this last year with home grown walla walla onions and the yellow peppers. The salsa was wonderful although a little sweet. My girlfriend thought maybe the onions and the yellow pepper. Any suggestions as to what I might do to take the too sweet out? Other then that it was the best ever.
What kind of apple cider do you recommend using? I used Bragg’s and the taste of vinegar was so strong it was nearly inedible. I had to use baking soda to even out the flavor. (I’m not going to can this batch, just because I’m not sure the acidity is correct with my adjustments.) I followed the recipe precisely so I know I didn’t add too much vinegar. Any thoughts?
I love Pico, and this is an excellent choice. For family we frequently use green bell peppers instead of Serrano or hot peppers. The kids and non heat lovers enjoy it. I do not think it keeps well. It is a fresh salsa…
Because this particular salsa is made with fresh ingredients, it will last as long as you would expect cut fresh tomatoes to last. It’s best eaten right after you make it, chilled it should last about 5 days or so.
Hey Beth – sorry about that. The notes somehow went missing. I’ll add them again, but here’s a great article about canning salt. Basically, you can sub in kosher salt or even table salt (although use a bit less since the granules of table salt are finer)…it’s best to try to use a kosher salt without any additives (canning or pickling salt is pure salt without any anti-caking agents) if possible.
I did make it and it was delicious. I actually froze the tomatoes until I had time to use them. I washed them and froze them whole in gallon size freezer bags. When time to use, I defrosted tomatoes on counter top for about two hours, the skin came off easily and chopping the tomatoes up wasn’t a mess because it was still semi frozen. This method worked perfectly actually. Then I followed the instructions for this recipe. The salsa turned out perfect. Very tasty. I canned several for later enjoyment. Excellent recipe, thanks for sharing!
The Best Recipe for Canning: We use this salsa in place of rotel for a cheese dip, also added to mashed avocados with lime juice for guacamole and my hispanic friends like to eat it on rice. And of course, it’s used as a dip for tortilla chips or topping on other Mexican dishes. Recipe found at Belle Adorn.
To answer someone’s question above, YES you CAN can salsa! I have a special canner that I use for salsas and homemade soups. There is a high acid content in the tomatoes but, even still, I don’t recommend old-fashioned water bath canning. But, you certainly CAN can using a pressure canner and you can do it safely provided you follow the pressure canner guidelines.
Made this today after seeing it so many times on pintrest. This is definitely awesome! I accidentally halved the salt (which turned out fine) and I think next time I’d half the honey or leave it out completely since I found it a bit sweet. But overall–amazing!
I freeze tomatoes all the time, it is my simple way of peeling them, once they are thawed the peel comes right off. I have been canning 30 plus years. I freeze as I pick them and make 1 huge batch rather than several little batches.
1 Sterilize jars and lids https://great-salsa.com/about-us/ water bath: Place steamer rack in the bottom of a large (16-qt) stock pot or canning pot. Place new or clean mason jars on the rack. Fill the jars with water and fill the pot with just enough water to come to the top of the jars. Heat water to a simmer. Simmer for 10 minutes. (Keep the jars warm while preparing the salsa.)
Combine the diced tomatoes, whole tomatoes, cilantro, onions, garlic, jalapeno, cumin, salt, sugar and lime juice in a blender or food processor. (This is a very large batch. I recommend using a 12-cup food processor, or you can process the ingredients in batches and then mix everything together in a large mixing bowl.)
Found this via Pinterest and my family ADORES it. They keep asking for me to make it. I’ve reduced the jalapeno quite a lot (I live with a bunch of wimps who can’t handle spicy stuff) but it’s absolutely perfect otherwise! Thanks so much.
I was SO excited when I found your recipe on Pinterest that I went to the store immediately and bought all the ingredients…all except the onion and the cumin. Do you think frozen chopped onions would work? And is there anything I can substitute for the cumin or can I leave it out?? I think I might have to go back to the grocery…lol. I cannot wait to try this salsa!!!
I would give this recipe a six if there were that many stars. We downloaded it 2 years ago and my wife cans it every year. We still run out too fast.Each year she has made it hotter and hotter and it is wonderful. Thanks very much.
Used this for my first time canning salsa. So far so good. I did change the spices just a bit because I do not like cumin and I left out the celery (didn’t see that on the ingredient list when I made my shopping list) but added more onion to make up the difference. added 1/4 cup dried red pepper flakes because we like things SPICY!!!! I didn’t have enough for the last pint so I put it in a bowl in the fridge to cool and once it cooled Oh my! The best salsa ever!!!!! I used lime juice instead of vinegar because that is what my mom always did. the spicy with the lime juice and cilantro is just such a good combo! I also generously doubled the cilantro as we can’t get enough of it. How long do you let your jars sit before you open them to eat the salsa?
Tried more than a few salsa recipes out there and tried a couple batches of this one this weekend. Really good balance of heat and acid but added a bit more peppers and onion (used red and white cuz I like lots of goodies in my salsa). Left out the tomato sauce on the second batch and still was great (used the paste for both batches). Used some perfect field toms (well drained) and will try with roma’s next. This is a GREAT salsa and now my “go to” recipe! thanks!
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