Mel, I followed your recipe almost exactly for what it called for except I laid back on the jalapenos, since we don’t like our salsas too hot. Both my husband and I love this recipe and wouldn’t change a thing. Thank you for sharing it with us.
If you are going to grill or broil the tomatoes, I recommend coring them first. Grilling is best with whole plum tomatoes; grill them on high direct heat until blackened in parts and the peels are cracked.
Homemade Salsa (Canned & Fresh OK): For those of you who are new to making salsa or blanching tomatoes…you’re in luck! I just made a batch of salsa today, and I took pictures so I can give you the play-by-play. Recipe found at Call Her Blessed.
Linda, glad the cooking saved your day! It always picks me up too. As for the jelly jars, they should be just fine. Just 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 recipe uses specific amounts of ingredients, balancing the non-acidic ingredients with the amount of added acid needed to make the recipe safe. Do not increase the amount of green chiles beyond 1 1/2 cups, or decrease the amount of tomatoes less than 7 cups.
wow–no ro-tel in canada? its just inconceivable to someone from oklahoma usa. i hope at least you live close to the border lol. best of luck in your search for it from one old guy cook to nord de ligne. tom
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 :).
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!!
Once you try one of these easy homemade salsa recipes, you won’t be purchasing store-bought jars of salsa ever again. These tasty recipes are packed with fresh flavor! Whether you’re just learning how to make salsa or you’re a salsa extraordinare, we’ve surely got you covered in this vast collection. And best of all, these recipes for homemade salsa are a cinch to prepare. Better pick up a few extra bags of tortilla chips now!
I’ve never made salsa before but wanted to after I got some tomatoes from a family member. I just did a search on pinterest and this one came up. I made it today and you’re right, it’s the best damn salsa ever!!! My kids, who are little (6, 4 and 2), could not stop eating it. I had to share with a neighbor and she said it’s the best one she’s tried. Thank you! This is my new go to recipe for salsa!
I did a lot of research about the lemon juice, and the reason for bottled is because it’s consistently about 5% acidity- fresh isn’t consistent. I’ve used organic and I’m OK with it, but I’ve not read anything OFFICIAL about it. I think if it’s consistent, it should be OK, and it’s certainly better without the preservatives. I know there are canners who use fresh lemon juice, though, and don’t think it’s a problem- but it’s just not worth it to me to go against the recommendations, though. 🙂
I never really cared for store bought salsa so I decided to come up with my own recipe. Now I can’t make enough of it! I am always asked to bring it with me to any family get-together or potluck. I always leave with an empty bowl!—Dana Sapp, Scottsville, Kentucky
My mom and I love your salsa! We would like to jar it because our garden has produced some much this year and we’d like to be able to enjoy it year around! If we do jar it, do we need to add vinegar or some type of preservative? We noticed that when we made it, it lost it’s power after about a week. Have you ever jarred it before?
I made over 20 pints of this last year with a huge 10 dollar apple box full of tomatoes. This recipe was SO good. Really the best homemade salsa I have ever, ever had. I was just finding it again for this year. I’ll definitely print it out so I don’t lose it. The one tip I would give is to have extra jalapenos on hand, in case you want it hotter. I was worried about it being too hot last year, and it ended up not being quite hot enough. It was still super good though.
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This is perfect with any of the above recipes I’ve mentioned, but it’s also great on it’s own with a bag of chips! I’d say this recipe makes enough for two to enjoy with chips, but it’s easily doubled, tripled, or even quadrupled, for when you want more!
Dunderhead here. I forgot to skin the tomatoes. They are all cut up and draining. Do you think it will work? Can I skim the skins off during the boil? Or just pitch and purple tomatillo salsa recipe the correct way. That’s the problem with a 71 YO. Thanks for the assist.
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The tomatoes, peppers, onions, and cilantro in this homemade fresh salsa for canning recipe puts the store-bought stuff to shame! It’s a family favorite of ours, and one I spent several hours making last week.
Tomatoes – about 15 lbs (yes, quite a few – you remove the skins, seeds and a lot of the water, so it takes a lot to start.) You’ll need about 3 quarts of prepared chopped tomatoes. This makes about 8 pints of salsa! If you only want to make a single jar, see this page instead!
Excellent, simple salsa recipe! Fresh, in-season produce make all the difference and are absolutely critical in achieving a good outcome. There is no way this is flavorless unless flavorless ingredients were used. Tastes better the longer it sits. HIGHLY recommend!