Hi Holly – I’m honestly not sure in regards to food safety. From what I understand, the ingredients that can be altered without affecting food safety are: leaving out the tomato paste (not sure about the tomato sauce), altering the spices like cumin and salt and cilantro, etc., and modifying the amount of jalapenos. I don’t know the pH of radishes and how the would sub in for green peppers – and of course the amount of tomatoes and vinegar (for the main acidity) need to stay the same.
Process your salsa for fifteen minutes. When the processing time is over, turn off the heat, remove the lid to the canner or stockpot, and let everything sit for another five minutes. Then, using a jar lifter (or tongs) remove the jars from the canner or stockpot and place them on the towel. Make sure to leave an inch or two of space between the jars to help them cool. Once you’ve set your jars on the towel, do not move them until after they are cool and you have checked the seals – doing so could prevent the lids from sealing properly.
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Just updating my own comment to say that the salsa turned out great! I left one jar unprocessed to eat right away and it’s delicious. I did add the optional sugar and the taste is an interesting combination of sweet and tart with a good kick from the jalapenos.
Since Cinco de Mayo is just around the corner, I decided that it was time for our family salsa recipe to come to the blog. My husband has been making this salsa for years, and it truly is so delicious. And so easy!!! It’s the perfect topper to these chicken enchiladas.
Just made this recipe and it is amazing salsa. I used the tomato paste and sauce as well as chopping my home grown tomatoes in a food processor (very brief chop!). This sauce has great flavor and this will be my go to recipe for red salsa. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe.
With the Super Bowl just around the corner, this would be a great easy appetizer to watch the big game. Make sure you’ve got something to serve at half time because this won’t last through the first quarter.
Just wanted to let you know that I ended up making your actual recipe this weekend and we went nuts over this! I posted about this on my blog but didn’t include the recipe. I have links throughout my post to direct traffic here! You can check it out at: http://imapretendchef.blogspot.com/2011/01/homemade-salsa.html
I made this salsa today; included the cumin, lime and garlic as suggested. However, I had to use diced green chiles instead of the serrano peppers because https://great-salsa.com/blog/ peppers are too hot for my family (I like it but…they won out). Mild and delish! Next time I may use roasted romas instead of regular roma tomatoes. Great recipe. Gracias!
A-mazing! We moved to southern Italy and there is no salsa down here! I grew cilantro and as soon as it was ready to harvest, I tried the recipe. I made only half a batch since the peppers are different. I used roasted bell peppers and a very spicy paprika. I plan on making more and next year, I will plant anaheim and jalapeño peppers. But for now, we have salsa!!!!
Laurie…Would this be a recipe I could use with some peppers that are going to go bad soon? If so, and in general, about how long does this salsa keep? Have you ever frozen larger batches of it before? (Asking because I have quite a lot of peppers I need to use up in the next couple of days, and I LOVE chips and salsa!) Thanks!
Scooped up on a chip or in a taco, peach salsa makes everything taste like summer. It’s also great served with chicken or fish, and since it comes together in a food processor, it really takes almost no time to make. —Shawna Laufer, Ft. Myers, Florida
Combine whole tomatoes, Rotel, onion, jalapeno, garlic, sugar, salt, cumin, lime juice, and cilantro in a blender or food processor. Pulse until you get the salsa to the consistency you’d like—I do about 10 to 15 pulses. Test seasonings with a tortilla chip and adjust as needed.
What advantage does simmering the Salsa make? Is this how it is done in most Mexican Restaurants? Believe me I am not criticizing I am just trying to learn. If this is a necessary step that I have been omitting and it will make my Salsa taste better I am all for it. I have just never heard of doing it before.
I hope you guys enjoy the salsa! It’s perfect for munching on with a movie! Would these white chocolate bars work for you? Minus the chocolate chips of course. https://insidebrucrewlife.com/2014/09/white-chocolate-caramel-cappuccino-bars/
This actually is the exact recipe I received from the friend. I wouldn’t change processing times without mentioning it. The other recipe I used processed for 30 minutes. ??? The salsa was great last year, not overcooked at all! Strange. I’ll have to look up some other recipes to decide if I want to shorten the time. I’m all nervous about some aspects of canning now! Thanks for the note, and the resources. 🙂 Katie
Brighten up your favorite main dishes by adding fresh Serrano-Cilantro Salsa. We love serving this as a topping on our savory flank steak Suadero Tacos. Cooking the serrano peppers along with diced onion and garlic brings out a smoky flavor. Be sure to process the pepper mixture and the rest of the ingredients in order to make sure this salsa is totally dippable.
This perfectly scoopable Lazy Day Salsa is a classic tomato salsa that is whipped up in a flash (no chopping required). It is speckled with bits of onion, garlic, and cilantro for an extra freshness. This salsa is so easy you can make it in 10 minutes (it
Made your recipe last week exactly as written, except for the jalapenos. Used 12 jalapenos and left seeds in. Turned out perfect. The sugar and the spices gave it a great sweet heat. I’m 67 years old and this is the best salsa I’ve ever made. Thank You for sharing your recipe.
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UPDATE 09/06/17: Lots of you have asked for a weight measure on the tomatoes. I’ve been canning this salsa the last few days and experimented weighing and measuring tomatoes. The result? Tomatoes are unpredictable! Meaning, the exact weight (that will yield the 10 cups drained needed in the recipe) is EXTREMELY variable depending on the type of tomato used.