Thanks for trying the recipe and I’m glad it came out great for you! I haven’t tried freezing it so can’t say for sure. I know there are ways to ‘can’ salsa using sterile jars, a water bath, etc. but you’d need to google for more info on that because I haven’t canned it either.
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Note that it is the vinegar in the salsa ingredients that make this salsa safe for canning using a water bath canning method. Tomatoes are already slightly acidic, and only need a little more acid to be safely canned using this method. But the chiles are not acidic, so they need more vinegar.
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!
But in the mean time, go make this version. It will surprise you at how fresh and awesome it tastes! The fire-roasted tomatoes are so good, if you can find them. If not, I have used plain tomatoes tons of times, and it is still really delicious!
If you don’t have time to reply today is it OK to cook the mixture slightly and refrigerate-as I’m going away tomorrow -and then reheat and can a couple of days from now ? Thank you so much for sharing all your trials and errors with less experienced canners, it’s really appreciated !
Heat a small ungreased cast-iron skillet over high heat. With a small sharp knife, pierce jalapenos; add to hot skillet. Cook for 15-20 minutes or until peppers are blistered and blackened, turning occasionally.
Good morning Cheryl. If you’re looking for thick salsa, you’ve come to the right place! Our salsa is thick and tasty! The extra effort is well worth the results. There isn’t any reason you couldn’t use a pressure canner with this recipe. Let us know how it turns out.
It will, however, be delicious, fresh and so much better than the salty jarred varieties. I can guarantee that much. That’s the beauty of simple recipes made with fresh, natural ingredients—they’re inevitably awesome. Don’t over think it. Trust the recipe. Adjust to suit your taste buds.
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.
Hi Jami. I was wondering if after eating the salsa all winter you are still happy with the no peel/food processor chopping? Do you not notice the peels at all? I know when I miss a few peels making other things they kind of curl up and float on top. I made this recipe last year for the first time and love it! I have also been searching for a thick recipe and was also using the oregonian recipe so I was so happy to find this one. Thanks!
I first made this fresh, fruity salsa for a family baby shower. Everyone wanted the recipe. Now, someone makes this juicy snack for just about every family gathering—and I have to keep reminding everyone who introduced it! —Jessica Robinson, Indian Trail, North Carolina
Used this for my first time canning salsa. So far so good. I did change the spices just a bit because I do not like cumin and I left out the celery (didn’t see that on the ingredient list when I made my shopping list) but added more onion to make up the difference. added 1/4 cup dried red pepper flakes because we like things SPICY!!!! I didn’t have enough for the last pint so I put it in a bowl in the fridge to cool and once it cooled Oh my! The best salsa ever!!!!! I used lime juice instead of vinegar because that is what my mom always did. the spicy with the lime juice and cilantro is just such a good combo! I also generously doubled the cilantro as we can’t get enough of it. How long do you let your jars sit before you open them to eat the salsa?
Turn your skillet into a Mexican comal, aka griddle, by slowly charring onions, garlic, and peppers in a dry skillet. We like to use this traditional dry char technique because it coaxes sweet, earthy flavors from the vegetables and gives them just a hint of smokiness.
Yes, I think so. I’m not sure how the texture fares…or the flavor…but I know several people in the comments have frozen it (I believe they cut down on the vinegar slightly since it doesn’t need as much acidity if it’s not being canned).
Hi, I noticed my comment was not posted and hence no response. Would you be so kind as to answer my question privately? I’m an American living in The Netherlands who really misses good salsa! I would love to make this salsa to store away for the winter but am wondering the shelf life.
This recipe is very tasty, but we followed it exactly and it was way too watery. Had to drain a ton of liquid off. After draining the liquid we only got 8 pints. Next time I think I would hand chop the tomatoes instead of using the food processor.
Drop 4 or 5 tomatoes at a time into the boiling water. Wait 2 minutes then remove from water using 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.
Made this last week, and loved it! I didn’t can it, because I wanted to make sure everyone liked it first, but now it’s time to can. Thank you so much for the awesome recipe! Should I adjust the canning time for quart jars? We go through salsa extremely fast.
P.S. somehow I just discovered your blog and my kids actually ate the two skillet recipes I made! We’re putting them on our rotation along with the broiled fish tacos. They didn’t like those, but my husband raved about them so the kids are out of luck. 🙂
I’m so excited to try this recipe out. The reviews are fantastic! It’s my first year canning and I was wondering if I can use quart size bottles? We go through salsa like crazy around here. Will I need to adjust the processing time at all? Thank you so much. I know anything you blog about will be amazing and turns out every time!
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Absolutely fantastic salsa! So easy! I had the unique opportunity to compare it to the Chevy’s salsa yesterday(who doesn’t like that salsa?), this salsa tastes BETTER! – the flavors are fresher. Thank you for sharing it. I am going to make some for gifts. Fabulous!!!
The vinegar in this recipe is required in order to make this recipe safe for canning. You can use white or apple cider vinegar with at least 5% acidity. White vinegar is clear vinegar made by distilling corn and rye. Choose an organic brand to avoid genetically modified corn. Apple cider vinegar is made from fermented apples. If you do not want to use vinegar, consider trying this Garden Fresh Salsa Recipe and freezing it instead.
Chris Munn, it’s so nice to meet someone with Peruvian connections! What a treat that your wife has introduced you to so many Peruvian favorites. I’ve found that Peruvians are very proud of their cuisine and every region has their own specialties. I’m glad you found this salsa recipe. It’s simple to prepare and my favorite salsa. Thanks for coming by and leaving a meaningful comment.
Hi Caila! Oh no. Sounds like it might have something to do with the tomatoes you used. Did you use Roma tomatoes? Were the tomatoes you used really soft? If so, they probably had more liquid to them then most Roma tomatoes. You could always strain the salsa to make it thicker and adjust the taste with more lime and/or salt. Sorry it didn’t turn out like it should have. I’m really thinking it had to do with the tomatoes. I hope you give it another try. 🙂
Wearing gloves, peel poblano peppers, the blackened skins should come right off. Pull out stem and discard. Cut poblanos open and remove seeds. Finely chop peeled and seeded poblanos. You should have 1 cup, and no more than 1½ cups, again, for canning purposes.
Amazing. I had about half amount of prepared tomatoes so I divided the other ingredients in half pretty much. I only put 1/4 cup apple vinegar in. I’m so proud of myself! Tomorrow I will can the mixture in a hot water bath. https://great-salsa.com/category/chiles/ time today.
Hi there! This salsa looks wonderful and it might be exactly what my husband is looking for (something less “tomato-y” on his taste buds). I’m wondering though if there is a good way to make a smaller amount to test it out. Would cutting everything in half work or would that alter the taste too much? I’d appreciate any thoughts or wisdom you have to share! 🙂
This is very similar to the salsa I have made for years, and which is very good! I have never used rotel OR honey in mine. I may have to try that next time just to see the difference. But one thing I did change a few years back, kinda by accident, is the onion. I started using green onions in place of regular onion, about 3 for one can of tomatoes. They give such a different flavor, and I switched forever. This is my favorite kind of salsa (though almost all are good in their own way), but definitely trying with the honey. Thanks for posting and promoting salsa!
This hasn’t been an easy year for farmers in our area as they’ve struggled with the heat and drought. But one vegetable that thrives in hot sunny weather is the tomato, and right now they are at their peak. If you love fresh tomato-based sauces, this is the time to head to the farmers’ market to stock up!