1.5 cups cider vinegar or bottled lemon juice (Note: The recipes that were first developed and tested (in labs) used vinegar. The commonly used acids in cod salsa recipe canning are vinegar, lemon and lime juice. Lemon and lime juices are more acidic than vinegar, but have less effect on flavor. Consequently, you may safely substitute an equal amount of lemon juice for vinegar in recipes using vinegar.
Allowing tomato-based recipes like this to get cold and quiescently congeal is important. My very first batch is sitting in the refrigerator right now. It is a bit runny, but I’m not draining off those flavor-infused juices. No need to.
Using an immersion blender or food processor, carefully purée the salsa to a smoother consistency. In a food processor and working in batches, pulse 8 – 10 times and when all finished, return to the pot. Taste for seasonings and if too vinegary, add another tablespoon or so of sugar. If too sweet, add a little more vinegar to balance. Bring blended salsa back to a boil and simmer a few more minutes.
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.
The salsa is extremely hard to resist right out of the blender, but if you can make it a day in advance and store it in the fridge, it’s so much better the second and third day. I’ve never been able to get it to last past the third day.
TIP: if you want a milder salsa, you can skip the jalapenos and use 1-1/2 cups of milder peppers. If you’d like it spicier, decrease the mild peppers to 3/4 cup and increase the jalapeños to 3/4 cup. You can play around with the types of peppers you like best, just not the amount – a total of 1-1/2 cups of peppers for one batch is the limit for safety.
Plus, tomatoes, at least, are healthier when cooked because heat releases the lycopene. So I’m more than happy to preserve fresh produce in my canner when it’s salsa, of which we can never have too much. (If you’d like to know more about fermentation, however, HERE is an amazing eCourse on the subject with almost 2 dozen multimedia lessons.)
To water bath can the salsa: Put the jars in the canner and keep them covered with at least 1 inch of water. Keep the water boiling. Process the jars in a boiling-water bath for 15 minutes for 8 oz and pints and 20 minutes for quarts.
Hi Connie. The lime juice is completely interchangeable with lemon juice, and I’ve actually used both before with this recipe. The lime adds a better flavor, which is why I prefer it, but both provide the acid needed for canning. Enjoy!
Now I know I had questions about this process last year too but this is what I found out. If you do not alter the amount of vinegar and tomatoes, the acid from them will be enough to kill the bacteria and if the lid seals properly, your salsa is safe. HOWEVER, if you want to put them in a hot water bath or pressure cooker, you certainly can.
Chop the jalapeno peppers. If you like your salsa hot, leave the white pith/membranes. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not the seeds that are hot, it’s the white pith that surrounds them. It’s always recommended that you use gloves while handling chili peppers.
Just finished canning a batch of this salsa. Thank you for the recipe! I had some banana peppers so I used them in place of the Anaheim peppers. I also used roma tomatoes and San Marzano tomatoes (both plum tomatoes) from our garden. I did drain the juice from my cut tomatoes, but added some back into the pot while making my salsa because it was quite thick even before adding the tomato paste. I didn’t have any cumin seeds, so I added about a half a teaspoon of ground cumin. Wasn’t sure if this was too much, but it seems to taste fine. This is a great recipe.
Next add one large can of whole peeled tomatoes, starting with the juice and then with the tomatoes. I found that this method helped me from ending up with tomato juice speckled clothes which then saved me all from having to pre-treat the white shirt I wore while making salsa.
I encourage you to try it if you would like a healthier option for seasoning your food that hasn’t been through some terrible processing and adding of chemicals or additives. They also sell unrefined Chancaca sugar that has been produced from molasses, instead of going through an extensive process like most sugars on the market. I’m dying to try that next! You can order any of their products at Karis Naturals.
This is the best salsa I have ever tasted and the first one I have made. Made a ton of batches last year and still enjoying it. Only change I made was red onions instead of white based on personal preference. I have people begging for another jar! I obliged of course.
I just wanted to say thank you for sharing this recipe it really is the best salsa. My family is very picky when it comes to salsa, especially my husband. We tend to pick favorite Mexican restaurants more by their salsa than the menu items. This salsa is delicious and very much like a restaurant style salsa. I’m making my 3rd batch now and I’m excited to have this on hand for my family. Thank you, for sharing!
This is so good. I thought I had my go-to recipe but this has now replaced it. I love how you don’t have to simmer the salsa all day before you can it. I also like your way of removing the tomato skins. Thanks.
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)
Chips and salsa go together like…well, chips and salsa! So, since you’re planning to make homemade salsa, why not pair it with homemade chips? We’ve got a great recipe for Crispy Crunchy Pita Chips we think you’ll want to try!
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Thank you for a great salsa recipe! I’ve made it twice now. The first time I did vinegar as stated and it was great but the vinegar taste was a little strong….it will still be gobbled up! The second time around I researched the USDA guide for tomatoes and found it said you can add 1 tablespoon bottled lemon juice to each jar as you fill it! Now to test them and see which we like better!
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).
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.
This sounds good. I usually make a salsa with both canned and fresh tomatoes plus the lime (my kids love the lime more than I do). I think I will try this one as mine is great but not quite “restaurant” tasting.
Editor’s note: Chef Roberto Santibañez, the chef/owner of Fonda in Brooklyn, New York shared this recipe as part of a festive taco party menu he created for Epicurious. He recommends serving this salsa with his Carnitas or Carne Adobada Tacos .
I don’t like runny salsa, either, so if I want thicker salsa when I’m using fresh tomatoes, after I cut up the tomatoes I put them in a colander to drain the excess fluid. I then use the fluid for soup stock, or just drink it. The salsa ends up good and thick!
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Hi Katie, the standard recommendation for home-canned foods is to use it within 1 year. That said, we have eaten salsa that’s been up to 1-1/2 years old and it was perfectly fine. I’m not as concerned with foods that have added vinegar or a natural high acid content (like fruits) – we regularly eat them at more than a year old.
Where have you been all my life. I love the fresh salsa that Bev makes but just care for the cooked stuff – Pace or otherwise. It looks like the quick processing keeps this more toward the fresh end – and the recipe sounds good as well.
I’ve made this salsa 3 different times since discovering it on pinterest! I love it. The first time it was super hot, I had no honey and ended up using sugar to calm it down. The second time I had craved it, but morning sickness kicked in and most of it got wasted. 🙁 This time baby is over morning sickness and craves spicy foods! Made it tonight. Delicious! I froze half of it so it doesn’t get wasted. Also think I will start leaving out the cilantro, I really dislike the flavor of it. Other than that I LOVE this salsa!
Everyone loves salsa and I like your version a lot – I can make it now with canned tomatoes. I just made some tomato soup using canned tomatoes and it was delicious . Thanks for a great snack we all will enjoy (especially me) at FF #51 🙂
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.
Really good! I’ve tried and tried to make salsa never with any success. When you said to seed it I thought why not peel it as well! So I dumped all my various heirlooms that I hadn’t eaten yet into boiling water for 30 seconds or so and peeled and seeded them. I also used what peppers I had on hand: a mira pepper (like a small sweeter bell) a banana pepper, and a hot purple pepper. made a mild/medium spiciness. I agree with others, double the batch! I might leave out the sugar next time to see how it tastes.
Prepare tomatoes by soaking tomatoes in boiling water for 2-3 minutes to split and loosen skins. Peel and chop all tomatoes, drain excess juices off in a strainer or colander before adding to extra large bowl. (I half or quarter the tomatoes, then process briefly in a food processor before draining off juices, I like the tomatoes kind of chunky).