I grew up in Southern California, so Mexican food has always been one of my favorites. This salsa is extremely mild, so it’s a good choice if you’re trying Mexican food for the first time. It’s also tasty over baked whitefish or sole.
I made this salsa and it totally ROCKS! I used my own canned tomatoes and parsley instead of cilantro (just what I had on hand) and a fresno chile-yummy! And I love that you are local. Great winter salsa, and was so happy to use my summer tomatoes.
3. Reduce speed to low; gradually mix in flour mixture. Transfer batter to buttered pie plate. Arrange strawberries on top of batter, cut sides down and as close together as possible. Sprinkle remaining 2 tablespoons sugar over berries.
This Easy Pico de Gallo, however, in an exception. Over the past few months, I’ve made it to go with my Slow Cooker Carne Asada, my Easy Queso Dip, my Cheesy Mexican Skillet (coming soon!), and at least five rounds of nachos. 😉
These classic recipes are full of homemade zest, flavor, and freshness. Get ready to dip your chips in, cause these salsa recipes are ready to eat in under fifteen minutes! (Psst! These taste even better than your favorite restaurant salsa!)
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!
Start with fresh ingredients. The fresher they are the better the results. Don’t use canned tomatoes. It gives the salsa a metallic taste. You’ll notice that there aren’t any limes in the recipe. Whhhaaattt? Limes throw off the balance of flavors by overpowering the flavor of the tomatoes. But, if you prefer your salsa with lime try adding the juice from only one lime.
Love this recipe – First time I made it (double recipe) I was unable to find anaheims so I used more yellow and some red peppers. I had the family helping chop so we did it manually. The next batch (following the recipe ingredients exactly) I tripled and was on my own so opted for the assistance of the Cuisinart on all chopping except the tomatoes. It was equally as wonderful as the chunky version – much faster and easier on the forearms. This is a new family favourite and going fast…60 lbs of tomatoes next year.
Below in a comment from early August it said to get the 10 cups it would be about 8-12 tomatoes. I used about 30 medium size roma type tomatoes (filled 2 large sheet pans) and after peeling, chopping and draining I only end up with 6 cups of tomatoes. Did you meant o say 8-12lbs and not tomatoes or am I doing something wrong ? I ask because I change the ratio of ingredients off of that and do not want to mess the PH if somehow I am measuring wrong though not sure how I would be.
Oh this looks delicious Mel! Your recipe is so, so similar to mine! We go through it like it’s water. I made sure I canned plenty last summer to get us through the winter. I have tomatoes coming out of my ears again this year. Looks like I need to get busy! I kind of cheat though and don’t put mine in a steam bath. I just let my salsa come to a boil and keep my jars in a warm oven and the lids in simmering water. I pour the boiling salsa into the warm bottles, then put the lid on and screw the ring on and tip the bottles upside down and let them sit overnight. The lids seal every time. Don’t call the canning police on me !
You need to taste it first, start with a smaller amt of jalapeños, take a couple of teaspoons of the mixture and place in a cup then put the cup in the freezer for 2 to 3 minutes- then sample…. If you like it then boil 20 to 30 minutes, if not then add more jalapeños and repeat freezer test until you reach the desired hotness. ( it tastes spicier when it is hot, that is why you do the freezer test. Works every time!
It in never safe to eat salsa that has not been properly canned. Because it is not reheated before consuming it. It is eaten right from the jar.In the directions it says you do not need to hot water bath, or pressure can the salsa, that is false information, you need to can the salsa no matter whether the hot salsa will seal the jars. Canning the salsa insures that the seal will be strong enough and the salsa hot enough to kill the bacteria that can be in the jar. Please only can salsa recipes that that are proven safe, this one does not have enough vinegar or acid to deem it a safe recipe for canning. Would be good to freeze though. If you want to compare your recipe to a safe one look at a current blue ball book. tweaking the recipes are not safe either. I know that you probably had no issues with what you ate,but it’s recipes like this that can cause harm to people who no nothing about canning! Salsa has a lot of non acid ingredients, that potentially cause the food to spoil if not prepared properly. I’m by no means trying to be mean, but trying to keep people safe. Food poisoning sucks, botulism can kill.
Hi Alicia – I use about 10 pounds of tomatoes, give or take, which often yields 10 cups of tomatoes (after they’ve been peeled, chopped and drained). I hate throwing out that exact pound amount because so much depends on the variety of tomato and how long they drain, etc, but it’s a good starting place.
This Hispanic has tried making salsa before with all of them fails! I don’t know how, lol, but I did in the past. I found your recipe and I was thinking somehow I will fail this one too, NOPE not this time. Your recipe is so good, the jalapeños I had were extra big so I only added one. Thank you thank you thank you for helping me achieve the best tasting salsa! So greatful for you sharing your recipe!
While the salsa is cooking, you can prepare your water-bath canner, jars, and lids. Here’s step-by-step canning guide where I take you through the whole process if you’ve never canned before. And here is a video tutorial you can watch as well:
The addition of tomato paste and sauce is the ticket. Gives the salsa a richness, and helps to thicken. Just perfect. The cumin and black pepper take it up another notch. Making first thing on Monday, and will triple the recipe. Dont forget to drain those tomatoes guys, it is KEY as mentioned in the article. This is one GREAT recipe!!
Please help! My husband and I made one batch of this ridiculously amazing salsa last night. We plan to make another today. We do have some smallish air bubbles in a few jars. Is this a problem? We followed your recipe exactly, but will use our bubble removing tool this time. We can still give these as gifts, right??
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1) Use a tested recipe. Canning is a great and fun (yes, I’m a nerd) way to preserve food and keep it on your shelves, but there are many food safety concerns related to canning and it’s important to use a recipe that’s been tested to ensure the pH levels are safe over time.
Want to learn about how to all the parts of a good salsa work together? The University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service has put together a great explanation of all the ingredients that are typically used in a salsa, some sample recipes and what makes a recipe safe (or not safe) to can.
Hi Robyn, I haven’t tried freezing it but I’m assuming since it’s a fresh salsa the tomatoes might have a “soft” texture to them when you defrost and not be as fresh. If you do end up freezing it, I would love to know how it works out for you!
I had some salsa left over and before it went into the pot I tasted it and it was really hot, after I simmered it and got it hot for jarring it got mild… bummer… still good but I was hoping it would keep the heat, especially since I used X hot Hatch peppers..
we are a pint right while we were canning it and it tastes great but now that I realize I messed up and didn’t double up the tomatoes I am wondering if the PH will be bad and not safe to eat?? 715 571 6236 [email protected]
Thanks for the great recipe… I am an “ex-runny salsa guy” thanks to your recipe! I have always received compliments on everything I can up, probably because I use fresh from the garden (or tree, or vine) fruits, veggies and herbs. Getting rockin’ flavor wasn’t my problem, consistency was… not any more.
Even so, a pressure canner affords greater safety that a boiling water bath, and is more versatile. But if you follow my recipe and use vinegar or lemon juice as stated in the recipe, the boiling water bath will work fine.
I would imagine it could be canned but keep in mind I have no experience with canning so I am really just making a guess. You will have to check with a more reliable source that knows about canning tomatoes. It does freeze very well though. Sorry I couldn’t be of more help.
Linda, glad the cooking saved your day! It always picks me up too. As for the jelly jars, they should be just fine. https://great-salsa.com/category/chiles/ follow the same guidelines and leave the same headspace. I’ve canned this salsa in both pints and quarts, and can’t imagine the half pint jelly jars will make any difference. I think you can get away with less processing time doing half pints (just 10), but just do the full 15 minutes to be safe. It won’t affect the salsa any.
This is almost the same as my recipe. I’m from Nicaragua, and one thing they add there which I love doing is adding little bit of white vinegar. After letting the salsa sit for about 5 minutes, it tastes amazing! I usually use the cap of the vinegar container to measure and make sure I don’t add too much.
If you are canning salsa, is important to use recipes that are formulated and tested for safe home canning. Salsa recipes for water bath canning must meet acidity-level requirements to prevent the growth of botulism bacteria. This recipe is from the “Zesty Salsa” recipe in the Ball Blue Book Guide to Preserving. The only differences between the recipe below and the “Zesty Salsa” recipe is this recipe is cut in half. The ratio of ingredients is the same and maintains the proper acidity level required for safe canning.
Thanks! I did some skins and some not, but mixed it all together. It turned out pretty good, but a little sweet….I didn’t add any sugar. Could it be the apple cider vinegar or possibly the cherry tomatoes? Thanks again!
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Hi Laurie thanks for such a detailed article w your recipe…I am chopping today but a bit confused about TOM. measurement…in one reply above u said approx. 6quarts which is 24 C. …in another reply you say 58 C. !!! Did you mean you fill your 8qt. Pot twice?( a few inches from the top…) did I misread?
No need to head to southern Oregon for an armwrestle, Ms. Mel! You win hands down on the salsa recipe! My husband and I made one batch lickety-split last evening between my building a house with Habitat for Humanity all day and Beauty and the Beast at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival at 8:00 pm! Luckily he was here to chop the onions, peppers, garlic because rather than 7 jalapeno peppers he said, “Let’s try one and add more when we eat it should we choose.” Smart Man, indeed! Our jalapenos, fresh from the garden, must be the very hot type as even with just one, there is still some kick to the salsa! I’ve given small jars to some of my foodie friends here in the hood to get their opinions and share the love!. Suffice it to say that I am “home” with your recipe! Thanks for sharing so completely. I too am a new Steam Canning advocate. As a Master Recycler as well, the idea of using so much less water is right up my alley and for years we’ve known steam is hotter than boiling. I’m off to Toastmasters, my belly full, healthy and happy! I really appreciate your site and your presentation style!
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).