Thank you! I’ve been looking for a good recipe for canned salsa. I love to make it fresh, but don’t always have time for that. I don’t love sugar in salsa. After trying a recipe once, I almost always omit the sugar the next time (same goes for any kind of pizza or spaghetti sauce). How crucial is the sugar?
Hi, I’m gad to see this blog still up and running. I have been canning salsa for years with an old-school hand me down recipe (which we love) but my recipe instructs to put 1 tbsp. lime juice per jar (quart)… beer salsa recipe added to salsa mixture. I have tomatoes ‘draining’ tonight and am going to try the apple cider vinegar this time around. I have not read this recipe before and an curious the taste comparison… I have read that it is safe for water bathing, I’m thinking the time would remain the same.
Let me introduce you to the easiest salsa you’ve ever met. It literally comes together in under 5 minutes. Not only is it easy peasy to prepare but it’s down right delicious. Unlike pico de gallo, it’s more like a salsa you’d get in a Mexican restaurant served with chips before you get dinner.
Wipe rims of jars then put lids on. Screw the canning rings on using your fingertips (not your entire hand) until it’s tight. (This will get it to the correct tight fit; using your entire hand will make it too tight.)
I never really cared for store bought salsa so I decided to come up with my own recipe. Now I can’t make enough of it! I am always asked to bring it with me to any family get-together or potluck. I always leave with an empty bowl!—Dana Sapp, Scottsville, Kentucky
The vinegar in salsa also makes the consistency fluid enough for the heat to penetrate the bottle in the canning process. This is needed because of all the added low-acid ingredients (the peppers, onions, and garlic) – when canning tomato sauce this isn’t necessary, so the citric acid works.
A note about tomatoes: you do not have to peel them, but most people prefer doing so. To quickly and easily peel them: give them a quick rinse to wash them off. Then drop them into a pot of boiling water for about a minute or until you see them crack and peeling. Remove with a slotted spoon into a large bowl of very cold ice water. Now you can easily remove the peel and the core. I usually put the chopped tomatoes into my 2 quart pitcher to measure the tomatoes.
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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.
It’s safe to make up your own recipes in some cases, too, but you have to be follow the rules. For instance, a mixed berry jam would be safe because berries generally have a low pH, and the sugar in jam ties up free water, which bacteria need to breed. Thick product and high pH product can easily get dangerous, especially in combination.
We made this for the first time last year and have dreaming about it ever since! The only issue was that we didn’t make enough and the jars got eaten far too fast! We sent a couple of jars with my daughter to take to her dad when she visited across country and he and his wife have requested more this year! We will be tripling the recipe this year and it still will most likely be too little! We are extremely happy with the way it turned out with absolutely zero modifications. This year we will be adding a bit of kick with a jalepeno or two. Definitely a family favourite!
I would just like to say this salsa is the best thing i’ve discovered through pinterest. Found it probably 4 years ago and just wanted to comment and say thank you! I make it ALL the time and everyone loves it!!! Thanks for such an awesome EASY recipe!!
On adjusting recipes: I know you want to “make this your own,” but with canning recipes you can only do so much. It’s important for food safety to have the proper ratio of acidic to non-acidic foods. The tomatoes are acidic, but the peppers, onions, and garlic are not. That’s why you must add the vinegar, and you can’t really mess with the amounts of peppers.You could, however, fiddle with green peppers and colored bells, or sub some of the jalapenos out for a milder pepper if you don’t like it so spicy. Just don’t be too generous with your helpings and overdo the amounts. That’s one thing I love about this recipe – it gives quantities in cups, rather than forcing me to scratch my head and wonder which onion is “small” and which green pepper fits the “medium” category.See this article on Modifying Canning Recipes and Food Safety for more details.
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 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 too often forget the air bubble step. You and I should be fine, but it is a better practice to make sure you get the air out, as this could affect the headspace while processing, thus affecting the amount of processing time required to get all the air out. This recipe includes an extra 5 minutes processing time just in case anyway, so you’ll likely be fine with the jars you forgot on. Just try to do on your next batch.
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I just made this today and it was AWESOME! Thank you for posting this recipe! It totally tastes like Mexican Village or Lacasit’s salsa. I made mine with Hunts Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes and 1 jalapeno and it had KICK!! My nose is still running! YUMMO!