[…] For one thing, salsa is serious business around here. I may have mentioned my Tostitos addiction at some point? And runny food processor made salsa is not going to cut it. I’m sorry, it’s just not. This recipe is the best homemade salsa EVER. […]
Chips and dip are an instant party hit, and there’s just not a more popular combination than the classic: tortilla chips with salsa! This Fresh 5-Minute Homemade Salsa takes advantage of seasonal ingredients and adds a little kick to your next get-together or weeknight dinner!
OHMYGOODNESS, this stuff is amazing!!! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! I am a salsa addict, and I’m pretty sure this recipe is only going to make the problem worse–oddly enough, I’m okay with that!
Pepper varieties can be mixed and matched in this recipe, but do not change total amount of peppers. The recipe as written produces a medium-hot salsa. Use more hot peppers and fewer mild peppers for a fierier salsa. Some examples of mild peppers include bell, banana, and Anaheim. Hot peppers include habanero, jalapeño, and Serrano. Do not change the total amount of peppers or the recipe may not be safe for canning.
A note about tomatoes: you do not have to peel them, but most people prefer doing so. To quickly and easily peel them: give them a quick rinse to wash them off. Then drop them into a pot of boiling water for about a minute or until you see them crack and peeling. Remove with a slotted spoon into a large bowl of very cold ice water. Now you can easily remove the peel and the core. I usually put the chopped tomatoes into my 2 quart pitcher to measure the tomatoes.
This is as simple as it gets here folks! I know you’re eyeing those cans of tomatoes but honestly unless you want pico, then the whole peeled tomatoes are what. If you can your own whole peeled tomatoes then you are the bomb and will you ship me some?
Also, for those who are too lazy to put on gloves to cut chile peppers, you can always use a fork and knife, as if you were cutting them to eat them. That’s how they do it in Mexico. Just a note: they don’t even cut them with their bare hands down there, so don’t try it at home!
Juicy watermelon replaces tomatoes in this salsa that’s simultaneously cool and spicy hot — perfect for a summer barbeque. Serve it with tortilla chips, or use it as a topping for grilled chicken or fish.
I think you could sub lemon juice if you are making small batches and keeping in the refrigerator, but changing out the acidity at that level will affect the overall pH which may make a difference in canning safety, so I can’t say for sure whether it would still be safe to can.
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?
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Simple, fresh and easy to make. A winning Mexican restaurant style salsa prepared with plum tomatoes, onion cilantro, and serrano peppers. Fresh tomatoes, not canned, star in this recipe. In Mexico, it is known as salsa roja (red sauce) or salsa de mesa (table sauce). And just like in the U.S., it is served in every restaurant before your meal with tortilla chips.
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!
Bring it to a boil and then reduce the heat to low. Simmer for 15 minutes until it has taken on a deep red color and has more body. Looks good, doesn’t it? The tomatoes need to be very ripe for the sauce to take on the deep https://great-salsa.com/about-us/ color in the photos.
Hi Mel! I’m in the middle of canning this salsa and after peeling, coring and draining the tomatoes, I don’t have enough to equal the 10 cups called for. Could I use a can of good quality store bought canned tomatoes to make up the difference? Thanks in advance!
Shannon, anaheims are very mild, and serranos are pretty hot. I fear that if you substitute the anaheims with the serranos, the salsa will be too hot to eat. It might work out if you take out all the seeds and white ribs/pith. Just be careful.
You can use lime juice or lemon juice but it absolutely has to be the bottled type, not fresh and I would only replace half of the vinegar with it. As Mel said, the PH level is critical to safe consumption of canned foods. Fresh citrus fruits tend to vary in their acidity levels.
A great recipe – thank you so much! A suggestion though – we did the chopping of garlic, onions, peppers, juiced the limes, and toasted/ground the cumin the night before. We put them in fridge but let them come back to room temp before we added them to the tomatoes. It didn’t seem so overwhelming the day of canning. Such a blessing to find this recipe. Thanks again!
Just a wild guess, but I would think the amount of garlic would be so small that it would be insignificant. Plus, garlic isn’t going to add acid which is the important part. Good tip about hot peppers! 🙂 Katie
Homemade Salsa with fresh ingredients and full of flavor, just like the one you’re served at your favorite restaurant! This restaurant style salsa is made with roasted tomatoes and onions which enhances all the flavors. Delicious and simple!
Fill your jars up making sure to leave about ½” space at the top. Put the lids on your jar and then screw on the tops. After about 10 minutes, check the tops to make sure they are as tight as they can get. Now just wait for the lids to seal themselves. If the lid does not seal, you will need to refrigerate your jar and use it within a week.
I have got to try this recipe next year. We didn’t have a garden this year, but next year I WILL have a garden, even if it’s in containers. I love home canned everything. No preservatives and I know what is in there.
Hello, Love the salsa recipe. Just curious if I could change the amount of time to cook. I like it chunkier and it seems like it was the consistency I preferred when I first began heating. After the full time required it was much smoother than I hoped for. Nevertheless it was delicious. Please let me know. Thanks. Brigitte
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I made this salsa last week, canned 8 1/2 pints. This is hands down the best recipe I’ve seen (and tried) and I was so surprised to see there was sauce as well as paste in it!! I substituted a 1/2 orange pepper and 1/2 yellow because I don’t care for green. It was such a big hit – this is my go to!! Thank you!