I love salsa!! That is all I plant each year is the ingredients for fresh salsa!! Some times I add black beans and fresh corn…I even added cucumbers once! But in my opinion, no mater which variety I have to have Cilantro!! Found you on Mama Buzz!! Hey I would love it if you stopped by my place and shared your stuff on My 2 favorite Things on Thursday – Link Party!! I would love to have you!!
PERFECT Game Day food for watching our Pittsburgh Steelers today! My guy’s mom is coming over for an early visit so this would be great to make it’s way on the table! Love all kinds of salsa but yours looks incredibly! Nothing beats homemade!
This salsa looks so fresh and delicious! My kids are starving when I pick them up from school. It’s like they are going to shrivel up if they don’t eat right that second!! I wish I had some of this tonight with dinner! 😉
This is seriously the BEST salsa EVER!!! And soooo easy to make. We’ve needed a continuous supply of this “goodness” and go through withdrawals when we run out. We gifted this salsa with yummy tortilla chips for Teacher Appreciation Week to our children’s teachers. It’s unanimous. This salsa ROCKS! Thank you for the recipe.
I’ve never attempted to use canned tomatoes in the recipe, and can’t remember the last time I purchased store tomatoes, so I’m not sure how much liquid is in there in proportion to the fruit. My best guess to make this work would be to drain the tomatoes and then weigh them – but this would be a little high since the starting weight with raw tomatoes includes skins, seeds and excess juice that’s removed/drained off. Maybe around 16-80 pounds drained tomatoes? When I’ve drained my tomatoes after chopping, I end up with around 7 quarts in volume. There is no simple answer, unfortunately. If you give it a go, you may way to get pH strips to test the finished salsa and make sure the pH is below 4.6 for safe canning. If not, you could freeze, or add more vinegar.
Add just 1/4 cup chopped onion to the bowl. This doesn’t seem like a lot, considering that in my Pico de Gallo recipe, I preach and preach about how important it is for the onion to receive equal billing with the tomatoes. But for this salsa, it’s best to go subtle with the onions.
Okay, you’ll want to break out gloves for this next step. Trust me, you will want gloves for this part. The one time I didn’t use them I couldn’t sleep that night because of the burning sensation in my hands that no amount of washing could remove!
Salsa very rarely causes problems or spoils (and I’ve known people to ‘create’ their own canned recipes that are WAY out of balance), so no cause for freaking out, Christina! That said, I always like to err on the side of safety, which is why I talk about it and do my best to make sure my recipes are safe. Your ratios sound okay (and any type of vinegar is fine, as long as it’s 5% acidity), since you use more tomatoes which are higher acid and less low-acid things like onion and peppers (did you add garlic?) and your ingredients are all less than half to match your vinegar, so go ahead and enjoy your salsa. 🙂
This fun, fresh-tasting salsa from Nancy Whitford of Edwards, New York, is strawberry-sweet with just a hint of bite. “I found the recipe in our local paper years ago. It really adds a punch to fish, chicken or tortilla chips and has wonderful color and eye appeal.”
What I’m making today is salsa. The kind they serve in restaurants with chips. The kind they sell in jars. The kind you eat during a football game. The kind that’s replaced ketchup as the number one condiment in America.
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.
If by “cleaning” the peppers you mean not taking all the seeds and membranes out- definitely leave them in if you want a hot sauce. I leave about 1/2 in, but my batches always turn out differently depending on the hotness of the peppers I’m using. I’ve not figured out a way to overcome that. 🙂
Hi Patty. I have not personally had it tested, however, I took the original recipe from Better Homes and Gardens. I changed up the pepper mix, but left total pepper quantity the same. I added more salt, and added dried paprika. It is my understanding that the addition of dried spices/herbs doesn’t affect the overall acidity in canning, and neither does salt quantity. So, I am very comfortable with the safety of this recipe, and have been eating it for 3 years will no ill effect.
I did adapt the recipe it by increasing the peppers by 1/2 cup, and then decreasing the onion by a 1/2 cup to keep the recipe in balance. This makes the salsa a bit more spicy, which we like. I also added a few more dry seasonings which is okay to change in canning recipes since it doesn’t affect acidity.
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!
I have done salsa for quite a few years but I never cook mine down I just bottle it fresh into hot bottles and then water bath it for 30 minutes. I haven’t had any trouble with my salsa or any one die but now I am concerned because every receipe I read cooks it down. What do you think
For a smooth salsa, add all ingredients to a food processor and blend until smooth. For a pico de gallo, chop ingredients into smaller chunks and mix together in a bowl. Keep refrigerated until ready to use.
This is IT!! Made this last year, and all the jars are gone! My family LOVED it , and this time I am pinning (in case i lose it again!!) I followed the recipe almost to the letter, adding a little extra salt (we like salsa on the salty side) and omitting the cilantro (personal preference, I HATE it, kiddos and hubby can add fresh when it is on their plate)
My husband’s favorite restaurant, naturally, is a local Mexican bar: “…famous Mexican cafe. It’s the great taste of Mexico right in your neighborhood.” (Can you just hear the corny commercial jingle?) It’s not exactly in our cod salsa recipe but it’s worth the 20-minute drive. They have a wet burrito that enables you to skip looking at the menu altogether.
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Spread a kitchen towel on the counter. Use your jar lifter to remove warm jars from canner, drain, and line up on the towel. Use your canning ladle and funnel and add the salsa to the warm jars leaving 1/4-inch headspace. Wipe the rims. Use your magnetic lid lifter to lift lids out of the warm water, center lid on the jar, and screw on band until it is fingertip tight.
Many of us begin a vegetable garden with dreams of preserving the harvest dancing in our heads. Even if you don’t grow food, the fresh ingredients for homemade salsa are abundant at farmers markets and farm stands during the growing season. Stock up with enough to can a batch of homemade salsa and enjoy the delicious flavors of summer all winter long.
I made my own salsa for the first time this summer and was amazed at how easy it was and how fresh it tasted. Now that I get the hang of it, I’m trying lots of variations (different chiles, spices, more/less garlic, cilantro, etc.). Thanks for such a simple, un-intimidating recipe!
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I just made this today and it was AWESOME! Thank you for posting this recipe! It totally tastes like Mexican Village or Lacasit’s salsa. I made mine with Hunts Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes and 1 jalapeno and it had KICK!! My nose is still running! YUMMO!
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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 .
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!
C Call, I think you’re a little confused on pH levels. From canning 101: “The way food scientists determine whether something is high or low in acid is by pH. If something has a pH of 4.6 or below, it is deemed high in acid and is safe for water bath canning. If the pH is 4.7 or above, it is considered low in acid.” This salsa registers at 4.0 – which is below 4.6 – so it has an even higher acidity level than is necessary to be safe. In other words, this salsa is well within the limits for safe canning.