Either works equally well. The salsa mix for canning has the advantage of being tested and easy. It’s basically corn starch, onion powder, salt and seasoning. It doesn’t have any preservative to improve the canning, so the advantage is only that it is easier. However, I like my custom-made from fresh seasonings better, so here is the recipe for that:
I meant to measure too (even bought a scale) but forgot! 🙂 I think my recent batch that I produced 7 cups worth was about 12 lbs of tomatoes. If you do measure or count the tomatoes please let us know. Excited to plan ahead next year to make even more salsa!
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.
Few months ago I picked up Organic Fresh Tomato Salsa at Costco and it totally changed my salsa makin’ life! It’s the best tasting salsa EVER. I mean, I’ve had my share of salsas but this stuff does not compare to anything else. I don’t know if it’s the extra veggies in the mix or what but something about it that is uncontrollably good. It’s the perfect combination of fresh, zesty, with touch of heat and ton of cilantro. Pair it with your favorite bag of tortilla chips and you have one of easiest and freshest appetizers of the summer!
I followed Cassie’s idea with roasting the tomatoes briefly in oven for 18 minutes. Skin slipped right off. Microwaved half a dozen ears of corn, 3 minutes per ear, sliced off the kernels from the cob and added to the mix. Next year I will roast on the grille to see how that changes the taste. This is a nice mild to medium basic recipe you can tweet in so many ways.
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 like you have made great salsa in the past and it was runny I am in the process of making your recipe now and just need to know when putting jars in water bath , do I put water over the top of jars to process? The picture shows less than that . Can’t wait to dig a chip into it!
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 !
Hi Lizanne, my husband doesn’t like cilantro either. 🙂 I would say it’s completely fine to leave it out in almost every recipe, except for in this salsa. Some favorites that don’t use it all are these Cheese Enchiladas https://tastesbetterfromscratch.com/2016/08/cheese-enchiladas.html, and my Mexican rice ( https://tastesbetterfromscratch.com/2011/09/authentic-mexican-rice.html). Any other recipe, you can just leave it out entirely and it will still be great! Good luck 🙂
Canning Salsa with Garden Tomatoes: These ingredients will create a mild to medium salsa. It has a sweet beginning, but the more it sits in your mouth, you’ll feel a slight heat. Simply adjust the heat by adjusting the amount and types of chilis. Recipe found at Real Life.
Oh goodness! Well I hope I didn’t mess it up too much. I did drain the half I chopped in the food processor. The half I cut by hand I just poured off the juice from the cutting board prior to adding the tomatoes to the pot. The sample I had prior to processing them was yummy! We will find out when they cool.
Hi Cassie 🙂 Nope! You can just chop them and add them to the food processor 🙂 If you really don’t like the skin, feel free to score the bottoms of the tomatoes with a small “x” and blanch them, that way you can peel them. For me, the food processor chops them up finely enough, I don’t even notice that there are skins on the tomatoes.
Do you know exactly how much this makes? I need 2 and a half cups for an enchilada recipe and it would be great! Just didn’t know if I needed to double the recipe to get this amount. Thanks for sharing!
Hi there 🙂 Precise serving sizes are so hard to quantify, since it all depends on how much each person eats lol. But the recipe makes approximately 4 cups, so I think that would be enough for 9 people… although, to be on the safe side, you could always double the recipe. Leftovers are good for a week or two in the refrigerator 🙂 Hope you love it!
just made the best batch of salsa that i’ve ever come across. standard non-recipe: roasted a bunch of whatever looked fresh at the farmer’s market. but the one thing that stands out was that i only used green tomatoes, and an equal proportion of tomatoes to tomatillas. tangy without bitterness, and roasting brought a little sweetness to the mix. did a quick google and there aren’t many green tomato salsas out there, but i recommend giving it a shot.
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!
A-mazing! We moved to southern Italy and there is no salsa down here! I grew cilantro and as soon as it was ready to harvest, I tried the recipe. I made only half a batch since the peppers are different. I used roasted bell peppers and a very spicy paprika. I plan on making more and next year, I will plant anaheim and jalapeño peppers. But for now, we have salsa!!!!
Looks like an awesome recipe; we’re trying it tonight. All of our garden tomatoes and peppers are ready for the task. I noticed that some folks were wondering about the tomatoe pounds to cooked cups conversion. I found out that 2 1/2 pounds (1.1 kg) tomatoes = 3 cups chopped and drained fresh tomatoes = 2 1/2 cups chopped and cooked tomatoes = 2 1/2 cups canned tomatoes in puree or juice. You can also substitute apple cider vinegar (ACV) for white vinegar. We mixed up the peppers too, since we like it spicy. Looking forward to a positive result. Thanks Jothan, I’ll let you know how it turns out and we’ll have to check out other recipes that you’ve posted. Cheers!
Jarred salsa can be good, but let me tell you, making it fresh… whew… you won’t want jarred anymore. Fresh blows that out of the water. Plus if you’re into canning, I’m sure you could can this salsa yourself and have it fresh year round 🙂 You could also freeze it 🙂
made a double batch and it is a too vinegary? Is there a way to fix this or does it need to sit longer, canned 6 days ago? I have enough ripe tomatoes and peppers to do another double batch but don’t want it to be too vinegary too.
Where have you been all my life. I love the fresh salsa that Bev makes but just care for the cooked stuff – Pace or otherwise. It looks like the quick processing keeps this more toward the fresh end – and the recipe sounds good as well.
Next slice the Jalapeno Pepper in half and remove the seeds with a spoon. Finely chop and add to the bowl. Use caution when working with the jalapenos, and wash your hands with soap and water before proceeding.
Strangeaslife, the acidity of lemon juice lifts and freshens the flavor of the salsa. If you’re going to can the salsa, it also increases the acidity level which is important for safe canning. Thank you for taking the time to comment.
going to make my first batch tonight of this. My kids eat salsa and chips like its the best in the world. From all the reviews I saw, sounds like a winner. I wanted to spice the heat up, but wife said no! maybe will do my own batch since i like fire. will let you know how it turns out.
These tortilla chips are USDA organic certified, non-GMO project verified, and they come in a variety of flavors. I picked up our personal favorites: the new Yellow Corn tortilla chips and the Blue Corn tortilla chips. You can also find new Multigrain tortilla chips at your local stores!
Now, be sure to taste it with a tortilla chip so you can get an accurate sense of the seasonings. Adjust as needed…but I hardly ever have to add anything at this point, beyond a little more cilantro. I never add more salt—there’s plenty on the chips!
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 :).
Every year I plant way more tomato seeds than any one family should, in hopes that a few plants will survive and thrive. I am not known for being the best gardener, yet I do get lucky every now and again.
Slow Cooker Restaurant Style Garden Salsa has so many delicious and fresh ingredients and uses up all of those garden tomatoes. It is so addicting you won’t be able to get enough! It is also perfect f (Fresh Ingredients Recipes)
I made this and I like it accept the canned tomato-y taste that kinda overpowers the other flavors.. is there any way to make it taste less like canned tomatoes? Will it lose that taste after it marinades for a while?
I can’t wait to try this recipe but was wanting to use lime instead of the vinegar. I saw an earlier post stating to use bottled lime juice and not fresh. Is it 1/2 cup of lime juice as well? In researching https://great-salsa.com/category/canning/ it looks like lime juice is ever more acidic than vinegar. So I’m assuming that it would be at least 1/2 cup then add to taste?
Yummy! I love making my own salsa. It’s much better than what you can buy in the grocery store. I’ve made several versions and just tried your version. It’s very good! I didn’t have any lime juice but had everything else on hand. It was still very good without the lime juice. 🙂
You can leave it out, Lucas, it just won’t be as thick. And you can add more tomatoes, since they are higher in acid, just don’t add more low acid ingredients like onions, chilies, and herbs like cilantro.
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