But instead of plain ol’ Monterey Jack (whose beauty is not to be underestimated) or a cheddar/jack blend, I’m breaking out the good stuff. I found these at my precious little smalltown grocery store. First Parmigiano Regianno…and now this.
OH! And your peeling method??? Wow wow wow THANK YOU! When I can tomato sauce, I freeze the whole tomatoes first. Then as they thaw the skins slip off, and the mushy tomatoes are perfect for cooking down into sauce. But I am so excited to do this instead of the blanching method!
Ok. I made the salsa yesterday and threw a jar into the fridge due to an improper seal. I spooned some of the salsa onto my avocado and eggs tonight, and it was divine. I had told myself just one day spent on making salsa, but I may make it two:)
For me and my home-grown peppers, Virginia, every year is different! Seasons where we have a lot of hot weather will make the peppers hotter and visa versa. But you can control the heat by adding less jalapenos – or leaving them out entirely and replacing them with sweet peppers.
Blanch and skin the tomatoes. To blanch tomatoes, place them in boiling water for 30 to 60 seconds, until the skins start to split. As soon as the skins start splitting, remove the tomatoes and place them in a cold water/ice water bath. This stops the cooking so they don’t get mushy, and makes them cool enough to handle for peeling. Slip off skins.
One word to the wise here – the pot you cook your salsa in will keep a salsa “hotness” flavor in it until you boil some water and put a little bit of qdoba green salsa recipe in there too. This helps draw out the flavors. We found this out the hard way last year. We made a batch of salsa in our dutch oven and the next night I ended up making a very spicy batch of popcorn – not on purpose. The pepper taste was all over our popcorn. Not exactly the way we like it.
This looks delicious, Mel! We must be on the same wave-length because I am canning salsa today already! We have a recipe we love and when I branch out my family rebels, but yours looks worth trying for sure! There is nothing like seeing all those pretty jars all lined up when they are finished!
Salsa Roja (roasted red salsa): And people, this salsa. PEOPLE. With a lifetime of tasting, sampling, and gorging research on salsa, I have never in my life had salsa this good. Recipe found at One Particular Kitchen.
Ladle hot salsa into hot, sterilized pint canning jars, leaving a 1/2-inch headspace. Wipe jar rims clean with a damp towel; place lids on jars, and secure in place by hand tightening the bands onto the jars.
Pair our recipe for Watermelon-Mango Salsa with Crunchy Jerk Tacos, or serve with a hearty pita chip for dipping. We love this refreshing salsa anytime of year, but it’s especially suited for summertime picnics and get-togethers. Friends and family will rave over the fresh, tropical flavors with just the right amount of kick.
To water bath can the salsa: Put the jars in the canner and keep them covered with at least 1 inch of water. Keep the water boiling. Process the jars in a boiling-water bath for 15 minutes for 8 oz and pints and 20 minutes for quarts.
1.5 cups cider vinegar or bottled lemon juice (Note: The recipes that were first developed and tested (in labs) used vinegar. The commonly used acids in home canning are vinegar, lemon and lime juice. Lemon and lime juices are more acidic than vinegar, but have less effect on flavor. Consequently, you may safely substitute an equal amount of lemon juice for vinegar in recipes using vinegar.
I always get asked what kind of crackers/chips I eat with dips. There is only one possible answer: Mary’s Crackers from Mary’s Gone Crackers. I am obsessed/in love/can’t picture my life without them. I quit eating gluten about a year ago and to date I haven’t found any gluten-free crackers that taste better than Mary’s Crackers. P.S. I’m not paid to say any of this, I just really, really love them.
Does it not look like the texture of the salsa in the pic? Also, did you use the grape tomatoes like I have listed? Different tomatoes have different water levels, so that could be it if you used a different tomato than I used.
What advantage does simmering the Salsa make? Is this how it is done in most Mexican Restaurants? Believe me I am not criticizing I am just trying to learn. If this is a necessary step that I have been omitting and it will make my Salsa taste better I am all for it. I have just never heard of doing it before.
I didn’t wear gloves when I was handling the poblanos and jalapeños. Big mistake. My hands were burning, even under my nails, so wear gloves! I didn’t think they packed that much heat, but they do. Better safe than sorry.
I found this recipe from Pinterest and I cannot believe how good it tastes. I’ve made it once a week for the past 3 weeks. It will definitely be my go to salsa recipe for when I do not make my own with fresh tomatoes. Thanks so much for the recipe!
There is nothing better than the flavor of homemade salsa in the middle of winter to bring back memories of summer. This highly rated recipe “Diner’s Freezer Salsa” by Diann Godbey from http://www.food.com/recipe/diners-freezer-salsa-12275 is a real winner for its ease and flavorful result.
In a food processor or blender, I combine a can of diced tomatoes, a can of Rotel which is seasoned diced tomatoes with green chilies, 1/2 of a small onion, 1/2 of a jalapeno, lime juice, garlic, cilantro, honey and a few spices. Pulse for 30 seconds and that’s it. I’ve been known to throw in half a cucumber and a carrot before too. This is the kind of salsa that you can’t really screw up. You can follow the recipe below as a guideline and do as you like to make it your own.
Cut the tomatoes in half and squeeze out the juice and seeds. I’ve been making my own salsa for a while now and found that was the best way to get the consistency I wanted. Plus, tomatoes are pretty acidic and this helps lower the acidity.
Thank you for the recipe! My friend and I made it in an evening and we have a neat tip: after roasting and peeling the tomatoes, put them in a salad spinner to drain out juices! Works super well and you can freeze the juice for using later in soups, stews, chilli, etc!
9 Boil in a water bath: Place the filled and lidded jars back onto the rack in the large stock-pot of hot water you used to sterilize the jars in step one. You may need to remove some of the water from the pot to prevent it from overfilling.
Haha! I can totally relate to that. This last Summer I canned up a STORM. It was my first time canning and even though I was excited about all of the jars full of different goodies, I was kind of nervous about actually eating and of it! So, in a streak of paranoia, I had my husband consult a colleague of his who is a pathologist. I figured since he is an expert on germs he ought to know about the safety of eating canned goods. The pathologist said that as long as the lid hasn’t popped it’s completely safe and he wouldn’t hesitate to eat it or feed it to his own kids. That made me feel a whole lot better 🙂 We’ve been enjoying all the jams, relishes, pickles, apple sauce, and salsas since and…we’re still breathing! Go for it, Tori!
Thanks so much for posting this and sharing your amazing recipe. I have been successfully using your recipe for a couple of years now! My husband loves this salsa! I quadrupled the recipe. I also cut back the Jalapeños!
I made this salsa for my husband tonight and it was amazing! Definitely going to be my “go to” salsa. We used our first salsa pepper from our first attempt at a garden. Thank you for sharing this recipe!
I like to keep a big jar of the homemade salsa in my refrigerator for up to a week. I serve the chips and salsa with quick weeknight dinners like quesadillas or tacos, and Keith loves them as a side with his sandwiches at lunch. The kids even dip veggies in the salsa for afternoon snacks. I’m not exaggerating when I say that this is truly a kitchen staple — whether we’re hosting a party or not!
Oh and I just have a mini food processor. It takes a while because you can only do a few ingredients (or 1 can) at a time. But worth it. Also the second time I made it with fire roasted tomatoes. It was good but I prefer the plain tomatoes.
Start with fresh ingredients. The fresher they are the better the results. Don’t use canned tomatoes. It gives the salsa a metallic taste. You’ll notice that there aren’t any limes in the recipe. Whhhaaattt? Limes throw off the balance of flavors by overpowering the flavor of the tomatoes. But, if you prefer your salsa with lime try adding the juice from only one lime.
Just made this tonight, and it is delicious! My husband and I were both a little unsure about using canned tomatoes, but it is as good as any salsa I have had with fresh tomatoes. I also like that you can alter the heat level by adding more or less jalapeños. Now I am just wondering if it would freeze well.
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!
4) When it comes to my step-by-step guide below, I have used a steam bath canner to process the salsa. Disclaimer: Even though I prefer to use a steam bath canner (and so do lots of other home canners), many people and resources say there isn’t enough research about steam canners to know if they are safe enough to use.