Besides being delicious, “The BEST Salsa Recipe” is so, so easy to make, literally throw everything in your blender, Vitamix, Ninja or food processor and tah-dah! All you need to do after that is taste and adjust the flavors to your preference for sweetness and/or heat and grab a straw…err I mean chip! It also makes a great food or hostess gift!
This lively summer recipe can be served with tortilla chips as an appetizer, or with chicken or fish as a fresh and flavorful side dish. Made with corn, black beans, tomato, onion, pepper, and avocado, this salsa has the most amazing balance of textures in a great presentation.
If you were to ask each one of our family members what their favorite meals are, I can guarantee that pizza and tacos would be in the top 3 for almost everyone. These two meals get made the most around here. Good thing everyone loves them.
Instead, I cut the tomatoes in half, place them cut-side down on a baking sheet, pop them under the hot oven broiler for 3-4 minutes (watch closely!) and the skins will wrinkle right up when the pan is removed, and after they are cooled, the skins will peel off really easily.
Great texture (not runny) and great taste. Everyone that I’ve had try it says it’s the best salsa they have ever had. I make as is, however if it want it extra hot I add 1T ground habanero powder to the whole batch. I just ate my last jar today so thank goodness my tomatoes have finally started ripening! Thank you for sharing this recipe.
Transfer the drained tomatoes to a 7-8 quart stainless-steel, enamel, or nonstick heavy pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Simmer, uncovered, for about 1.5 hours or until tomatoes are at the desired consistency, stirring often. You’re looking for the same consistency as a thin marinara sauce.
You can keep your jars hot one of two ways. You can place your empty jars in your canner or stockpot with enough water to cover them by about two inches, and let this water (and the jars) boil until you are ready for them. Or, you can load your dishwasher with the jars (no other dishes at the same time, please!) and let them run through a regular or “sanitize” cycle. Your dishwasher will keep the jars hot until you are ready to use them. If you choose the dishwasher method, you should still fill your canner or stockpot with water (enough to cover jars by 2 inches) and bring the water to a boil (with the lid on) so the water is ready for processing once your jars are filled. I usually put a few more jars in my hot water bath or dishwasher than the recipe calls for, just in case I end up with more product than I expected (which happens frequently). For example, this recipe should make about 8 pints of salsa, but since it can vary so much, I’ll probably have a whole case of jars ready, just in case (just don’t forget the extra lids, too!)
You can use lime juice or lemon juice but it absolutely has to be the bottled type, not fresh and I would only replace half of the vinegar with it. As Mel said, the PH level is critical to safe consumption of canned foods. Fresh citrus fruits tend to vary in their acidity levels.
Ladle hot salsa into clean, warm jars, leaving about 1/2 inch headspace. Remove any air bubbles and adjust headspace, if necessary, by adding additional hot salsa. Wipe rim with a clean towel. Center the sterilized lid on jar. Screw band down until resistance is met, then increase to fingertip-tight.
Dip a cold metal spoon into the boiling soft spread. Lift the spoon and hold it horizontally with edge down so that the syrup runs off the edge. As the mixture cooks, the drops will become heavier and will drop off the spoon separately but two at a time. When the two drops join together and “sheet” off the spoon, the gel stage has been reached.
Few months ago I picked up Organic Fresh Tomato Salsa at Costco and it totally changed my salsa makin’ life! It’s the best tasting salsa EVER. I mean, I’ve had my share of salsas but this stuff does not compare to anything else. I don’t know if it’s the extra veggies in the mix or what but something about it that is uncontrollably good. It’s the perfect combination of fresh, zesty, with touch of heat and ton of cilantro. Pair it with your favorite bag of tortilla chips and you have one of easiest and freshest appetizers of the summer!
UPDATE: Since many of you have asked about a weight measure for the 10 cups of tomatoes, as I’ve been canning the salsa the last few days, I’ve done a little experimenting/research. Basically, I’ve found it varies GREATLY depending on variety. When I used SIX pounds of garden tomatoes + Roma (the paste tomatoes probably only made up about 1/3 of the total), after taking the skins off, lightly crushing, and draining, the yield of tomatoes to use in this recipe was about 2 1/2 cups. When I used TWO pounds of only Roma/paste tomatoes, after taking the skins off, lightly crushing, and draining, the yield of tomatoes to use was a little over one cup. I tend to err on the side of over draining the tomatoes, if anything, so that makes a difference as well. For me, because I usually use paste tomatoes in this recipe, I would plan on around 18-20 pounds (give or take) of Roma/paste tomatoes to get the 10 cups for this recipe…and even more if using tomatoes with a higher water/lower flesh content.
Ha! That’s too funny! Sometimes I just see the perfect related post title from a friend and don’t even check it out b/c I know all their stuff is great. I wonder if Donielle got more or less visits b/c people though it was an odd salsa? Whoops! Glad I could give you a chuckle, anyway!
Salsa is a summertime classic, accompanying chips, fish, tacos, veggies, and so much more. Whether you like it hot or mild, chunky or smooth, there is sure to be a salsa recipe you crave in the warm weather. Instead of reaching for a store-bought jar when your next craving hits, make your own version. In just a few easy steps, you can create fresh, homemade salsa that will not only taste amazing, but will last for months to come. Below is an easy recipe to try for zesty salsa.If you’re looking for something without a kick, try this simple Fresh Salsa. For those hungry for a more creative twist on the tomato classic, tune into International Can-It-Forward Day on Saturday, August 1, when Liz Latham of Hoosier Homemade will demonstrate her recipe for spicy corn salsa!
I didn’t wear gloves when I was handling the poblanos and jalapeños. Big mistake. My hands were burning, even under my nails, so wear gloves! I didn’t think they packed that much heat, but they do. Better safe than sorry.
5. Bring to a boil and lower the temperature to keep at a low boil for 2-3 hours, stirring to prevent the mixture from sticking to the bottom of the pot. (Use a metal spacer if the salsa begins to stick to the bottom of the pot.)
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. 🙁
Mexican fare only gets better when topped with Anna Yeatts’ colorful Fresh Salsa. The Pinehurst, North Carolina cook uses ripe tomatoes, crisp onion and a touch of minced serrano pepper, making it just as good as a side dish or appetizer with crunchy baked tortilla chips!
Water bath canning involves submerging the jars in boiling water for a set period of processing time. It is suitable for high acid foods. Pressure canning (not pressure cooking) involves processing the jars in a sealed pressure canner at elevated temperature and pressure. You must can all low acid foods. You can can high acid foods, but most people just water bath can them. Some folks prefer dealing with the steam over dealing with a big pot of boiling water, which is why I give both options for this recipe. It is heavy on tomatoes and also has added vinegar, which should keep the pH below 4.6.
At right is a picture of tomatoes from my garden – they are so much better than anything from the grocery store. And if you don’t have enough, a pick-your-own farm is the pace to go! At right are 4 common varieties that will work:
In the event that some of your jars do not seal properly, you can reprocess them. To do so, remove the band and lid and empty your salsa into a saucepot. Reheat them by bringing them up to a boil, then ladle them into a clean, hot jar as before. Place a new, hot lid on the jar (make sure you wipe the rim off!), hand-tighten the band, and process them again for the full fifteen minutes.
Hmm, I think I found myself a salsa recipe. 😀 This looks like the perfect recipe for me. Thank you for sharing and thanks for coming for today’s FF. I hope to see you next week for FF’s first anniversary. 🙂
Into a food processor fitted with the blade attachment; add 1/2 of both a coarsely chopped red and white onion, 1 large coarsely chopped garlic clove and 1 to 2 jalapenos, depending on the level of spice you desire. I’m a 1 medium jalapeno girl, I keep half a jalapeno with seeds and ribs intact and remove them from the other half. To me it’s the perfect amount of heat… to my husband it could be hotter.
Making this right now! Can’t wait to try it! I wasn’t sure if I needed to buy a yellow or white onion, but I went with the white onion. Hoever, I am bummed b/c i just realized I forgot the jalapeno and the lime juice.. Hopefully it still tastes as good as yours! Thank you for sharing!!
Yum… I do love me some salsa! This is exactly my recipe except I do not use cumin or honey. I will definitely give this one a try!! Another recipe I’ve made is to throw fresh tomato, onion, jalapeno and garlic into the oven and allow them to roast until the onion is translucent… then toss those with the cilantro, lime juice, salt and pepper into the food processor, toss it into the fridge for a bit to get cold and PRESTO, delish!! The roasted veggies give the salsa a wonderful flavor. YUM, I must make some salsa soon. My tastebuds are dancing!! Thanks for sharing :o)
Place the tomatoes, onions and garlic on a baking sheet and roast for 15 minutes or just until the onions and tomatoes start to get a little char on them. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and let the tomatoes cool for about 5 minutes.
I cut this recipie in half and we don’t like green bell peppers but added radishes. Can I do that? Also, in cutting this recipie in half, I used 3 Serrano peppers and 1 jalapeño. I also forgot the tomato sauce as I just didn’t see it and I added 6 oz of tomato paste. I really cut everything in half but as far as changes I’m not sure if they are safe changes or not qdoba green salsa recipe I don’t know alot about canning salsa other than I really want to. Can you please help me out?
Ladies, I’m a fan in Scotland just embarking on making use of the blender to make salsa. I intend to put it in a jar in the fridge for multiple uses. How long can I keep a batch in the fridge would you say?? Many thanks, H. 😀
Hi just came across this recipe and will try but wondering if anyone has added fresh corn to the recipe??? I have corn from the garden I could use.. cant wait to try this……. I wish I wasn’t busy I want to try this today…..
Thanks so much for this recipe. This is my first year of canning. It’s so much fun but I still get a little nervous. Haha. I was just wondering if this recipe would still be safe if I only cooked it on the stove for a few minutes as we like our salsa a bit more chunky. I would still use the recommended processing time in the canner. Thanks.
You could spend all day with a knife and cutting board to chop these many ingredients for a few jars of salsa, or you could form a new relationship with your food processor. Or maybe a neighbor who owns a food processor. Truly. Food process for salsa. It’s not going to be pretty anyway.