Hi. I found this recipe on Pinterest and thought I would let you know of another recipe if you need your fix NOW! Here in SoCal, the Krogers grocery store is Ralphs and they have a Ralphs brand Salsa Style Diced Tomatos, which already has the onions and chiles in it. I assume other Kroger stores have it as their own brand. Add 2 T white vinegar and 1 tsp mesquite liquid smoke, hit it with a stick blender, and you have a deadringer for the salsa they serve at Chevy’s restaurant.
I’ve never seen a salsa recipe like that – and it’s a good thing! I love the creativity of this recipe, and I think my favorite part is the charring of the vegetables. I bet that really amps up the flavor! Great recipe, Amy!
Just wondering if you can use jalapenos instead of serrano peppers. Also, can you not use canned plum tomatoes if they have the white lining? I think this counteracts the metallic taste. And…no garlic?
OMG…….was SOOOOO looking forward to making this as it sounds fantastic…..this is the WORST recipe that I have ever made……no one should ever make this without decreasing the paste and I don’t know..:.just find something that actually works. …just wasted 2 hours of my life that I will never get back
The tomatoes come last, just because I want to be the most gentle with them, but I guess it’s not all that important. Everything thus far goes from the food processor to the 4-cup measuring cup, then into the pot.
I made this salsa yesterday for our superbowl festivities. It is the most delicious salsa I have ever made. I think it gets even better the longer it sits! Not that it will be around much longer, heh.
I have 2 Victorio brand steam canners that I love hard. They both have temperature gauges on top and show when you are in the correct temperature range to start timing. It’s been life changing! I had two other steam canners without the gauges that I got rid of and replaced with these. I have also found by watching the temp gauges that I can turn the heat down to med-low and still keep the temp in the correct range. Yay! It saves propane! (I can outside on my camp stove.)
I truly LOVE salsa, but have never made my own. You definitely make it sound SUPER easy, though, so I should probably just give it a try! The next time that I make it to my local Farmer’s Market, I will have to pick up the ingredients that I need :).
Sure I love Pico de Gallo, trust me when I say I eat it with a fork for lunch some days (just ask the Mexican stand at my farmers market, what I eat for lunch most Thursdays, lol), however this salsa?? This salsa I can drink with a straw. I haven’t…yet, I literally think about doing just that!
My daughter and I made a few batches of salsa this past autumn. The flavour is good and we have gotten many compliments on it, however I personally prefer a thicker salsa. I am definately going to try your recipe next canning season. I prefer using a pressure canner, so need to know if there is any reason you may not recommend this.
I just wanted to say my husband and I absolutely love this recipie! I was worried it wouldn’t be chunky enough. It was! Last summer was my first year canning and if I can do this anyone can. I will always use this recipie from this day forward! My only regret…I didn’t make it sooner at the beginning of tomato season. So I didn’t Make enough. Only got like 3 large jars and they didn’t last long. Next year I will start early and make more. Thank you for sharing your recipie for people like me!!
I love home canned salsa, especially when made from fresh garden tomatoes and peppers out of my garden. But I’ve always been frustrated with these salsas always being runny and thin, even if the recipe calls it chunky. I’ve also been disappointed with the strong vinegar flavor that most home-canned recipes usually have. Comparatively, the store bought stuff is always really thick and chunky, and never has much of a vinegar flavor, but inevitably, it never has a really good fresh tomato flavor. It’s been a lose lose battle for me between store bought and home-canned salsas for years.
I loved this recipe when I first came across it. Not only the presentation of it with the photos but also the fresh taste of it when I first ever made it. I just couldn’t get enough. I did notice, however, the first time I made it and all the following other times that in general, it seemed pretty watery. I excused it the first time I made it because it was a new recipe I had never tried. Now that I’ve repeated it, I’m noticing it even more. The only thing I’ve done different in the recipe is substituted organic maple syrup for the honey, as I do not eat honey. Is there something else that could be done without really altering this recipe just to thicken it up a bit? Because I’m about to drain this stuff and I don’t want to lose anything good about it.
Something that might help cut the process of “cooking down the tomatoes” time. One day while searching for something to store chopped tomatoes in till I was ready to make and can my mother in laws bbq sauce “en masse” early the next morning, my eyes fell on my sun tea jug. I dumped the tomatoes inside and promptly filled both sun tea jugs that I had and set both in the fridge overnight. The next morning I had floating pulp and inspiration hit …. since the water boils off anyhow, why not cut out the proverbial “middle man” and drain off that water before (!) I started the cooking process??!!! You talk about making a huge difference in the amount of time! Wow! The flavor did not change and it still had some cooking time to it to cook off the liquid from the onions and peppers I’d added to it. And then I hit upon an idea to keep me from being tied to the stove to stir, stir, stir … my crockpot with the lid cocked to the side did an excellent job and I only had to stir occasionally, I canned 10 pints of thick bbq sauce last year and so far this year, 24 quarts of tomatoes. I have more than enough tomatoes to make a couple batches of your salsa. I will be using the same “liquid removal trick” and “crockpot cooking trick”. Give the trick a try, anything that frees you up to make more yummy salsa is a good thing!
Drop 4 or 5 tomatoes at a time into the boiling water. Wait 2 minutes then remove from water https://great-salsa.com/blog/ a slotted spoon. Slip the skins off (set them aside to make tomato powder), place tomatoes in a colander, and repeat until all tomatoes have been skinned. Discard water.
Sounds perfect to me! I could probably live on Mexican food and chips and salsa are my diet weakness for sure. If I had to choose between chocolate and chips I’d be dipping for sure. I love that you use cherry tomatoes. I’m a tomato snob and if they’re not sweet like good vine ripened I won’t even add them to my dish. Also the lime and cilantro sound great. I always use them in my guacamole – probably a great match with your salsa… thanks Girl ♡
I didn’t read through all 329 comments (WOW!) but was wondering how long you think this will keep in the fridge? It made almost a full quart mason jar so I’m thinking of sharing with my mom 🙂 Im going to make the Tex-Mex Rice & Beans this week and use this instead of fresh tomatoes and we will eat chips and salsa, but I dont want it to spoil before we can use it. Thank you!
If there’s one vegetable gardeners love more than any other, it’s tomatoes. They’re not that hard to grow, and they taste sooooooo much better when they’re fresh off the vine. Some people even call them a “gateway vegetable,” because so many people start out growing just tomatoes before they move on to a full-scale garden.
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.
Hello Marissa. I found you via Moms the Word link up this morning. Nice to meet you. I have to make some salsa. I’ve been meaning to forever. In Florida, tomatoes are coming in and they are perfect right now. Thanks for the good idea and reminder. God bless.
Now you may find it odd to add honey to salsa, however most people add sugar to their homemade tomato sauce (I know I do). The sugar helps cut the acidity of tomatoes. Remember tomatoes are a fruit. So sweetness is a part of what a perfect in-season tomato should taste like. Adding some honey to this recipe for The BEST Salsa Recipe is part of what makes it earn the title in my opinion….and makes it straw-worthy…Mmmmmm!
Mince 3 cloves of garlic. You can throw them in the processor, too. (Yes, there are 6 cloves here. I’m not throwing caution to the wind, remember I’m doubling the recipe, in order to get 10 to 11 pints out of each canning session.)
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.
My cooked salsa is similar to yours. I cook my salsa in the oven (in my deep roasting pan) at about 300 degrees and there is never a worry about scorching. Also, by cooking it in my big roaster I can make a much larger quantity.
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I’m hoping Andrea will chime in here about canning this particular recipe but if you are looking for a salsa recipe you might want to check out this Salsa Recipe for Canning that we posted a while back. It’s really good!
I did not peel them, but after food processing I didn’t think the peels were a problem. The farmer I purchased the Romas from cringed when I said I didn’t peel them. “Unsightly” he said. I don’t mind!
Canning jars (pint size or 8 ounce size), includes lids and rings 4 pint jars or 8 eight-ounce jars $8.00/dozen Grocery stores, like Publix, Kroger and Safeway and local “big box” stores; sometimes Big Lots and even hardware stores $3.00
Other modifications: I used 4 cups chopped onions instead of 3, and roasted my peppers and garlic under the broiler. Instead of trying to measure the cilantro, I just used the whole bunch. Placed everything in my Ninja for easy chopping .