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!
It’s like these little humans in our home think that food is a necessity or something. I could totally be fine with homemade chocolate chip brownies for dinner, but that isn’t really looked upon as a nutritious dinner choice.
So I started paying attention. I tried when I got home a few days later and failed. So then, I had her to my house. I wasn’t going to screw it up this time; I took notes. For over a year now, I have been making my variation of Yesenia’s recipe. And now my dear readers, I am sharing with you. Oh and Yesenia did give me permission. She is not one of those that likes to keep good food a secret!
Looks easy enough, though I will skip the monsanto canned veggies in favor of my garden grown ingrediants. I thought you were going to say you threw Pico in the blender, which is all salsa really is. Of course https://great-salsa.com/category/chiles/ de gallo is nothing like salsa… like apples are nothing like oranges, but BOTH are delicious!!
I prefer my salsa to have that fresh tomato taste, but it can’t be chunky. And it cannot taste like tomato puree. This is salsa, not sauce. Yes, I do know that I’m picky. Anyone else out there that is particular in their salsa must haves?
Tomatoes – 10 cups peeled, cored, chopped tomatoes, which takes about about 8 lbs (yes, quite a few – you remove the skins, seeds and a lot of the water, so it takes a lot to start.) If you only want to make a single jar, see this page instead!
The Spanish name for this salsa means “rooster’s beak,” and originally referred to a salad of jicama, peanuts, oranges, and onions. But today, whether you’re in Minneapolis or Mexico City, if you ask for pico de gallo, you’ll get the familiar cilantro-flecked combination of chopped tomato, onion, and fresh chiles. This tart, crisp condiment (also known as salsa Mexicana) has become so common on Mexican tables that it seems like no coincidence that its colors match those of the national flag. Besides finding firm ripe tomatoes and seeding them, the key to this salsa is adding plenty of lime juice and salt, and not skimping on the chiles. Because without a burst of acidity and heat, you’re just eating chopped tomatoes.
In my house my husband eats salsa on just about everything, so we go through it really fast. I’m so excited for tomatoes to be in season again to start making it from scratch. The taste is so much better than from the store. Thank you for sharing your recipe with us at Merry Monday!
I made it tonight…tried some off the spoon ….pretty tasty…I added some Serrano peppers and more jalapeños to make it more spicy…hands are burning but my mouth is watering….thanks…used tomatoes from my garden
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I have a question regarding the Anaheim peppers. I seen on the internet some places rate this as a medium to hot pepper and others call it a mild pepper. I’m not a fan of hot or spicy peppers but I like the flavor of some. Is there a good substitute that is not as hot?
I canned these in a water bath without a problem. Throwing all my other salsa recipes away… And THANK YOU for the broiler skinning method!! I’ve been telling all my friends about it! Way easier than using all that water.
However, if you recently canned them, you’re okay to keep it – you don’t have to throw it away! Being improperly canned just means they can’t be stored at room temp for months and months. Just move the cans to a refrigerator for storage for a month or two. For longer storage, transfer the salsa to freezer-safe containers (leaving room to expand) and freeze. Salsa freezes well! If you have more ingredients, definitely try again using this recipe and the updates I now use in preparation if you have a food processor. 🙂
So it’s January in Michigan. What can I say? It’s my least favorite month of the year. The holidays are over, there is little sunshine… not to mention it’s cold and snowy outside which makes me want to curl up on the couch with a box of Oreos and watch dvr’d Lifetime movies. I needed a quick summer fix to make me feel better.
You can make this salsa as fiery as you like by adding more or less peppers. But whatever you do, don’t leave them out. And because everything goes into the food processor, you can make the salsa chunky or smooth with just a flick of the switch.
On adjusting recipes: I know you want to “make this your own,” but with canning recipes you can only do so much. It’s important for food safety to have the proper ratio of acidic to non-acidic foods. The tomatoes are acidic, but the peppers, onions, and garlic are not. That’s why you must add the vinegar, and you can’t really mess with the amounts of peppers.You could, however, fiddle with green peppers and colored bells, or sub some of the jalapenos out for a milder pepper if you don’t like it so spicy. Just don’t be too generous with your helpings and overdo the amounts. That’s one thing I love about this recipe – it gives quantities in cups, rather than forcing me to scratch my head and wonder which onion is “small” and which green pepper fits the “medium” category.See this article on Modifying Canning Recipes and Food Safety for more details.
Thank you! I’ve been looking for a good recipe for canned salsa. I love to make it fresh, but don’t always have time for that. I don’t love sugar in salsa. After trying a recipe once, I almost always omit the sugar the next time (same goes for any kind of pizza or spaghetti sauce). How crucial is the sugar?
Dang, sorry to hear that Rod. Not sure why it would be so vinegary. I just made a quadruple batch last weekend and everything turned out perfectly again. Double check your measurements is all I can think of. Glad to hear it is normally a hit recipe though.
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.
Have sterilized pint jars and lids and screw caps ready (they should all be washed in very hot water). Use a canning funnel and ladle hot salsa into jars, leaving a ½-inch head space. Wipe rims clean with a damp cloth and carefully place lid on and screw cap in place. Process in a boiling water bath for 15 minutes, then place upright on counter for 24 hours (see recipe notes for link to USDA Canning Guidelines). You will hear popping sounds as the jars seal. If after 24 hours, any haven’t sealed, put in refrigerator to use now.
Try this with canned fire-roasted tomatoes for a new depth of flavor. I started using honey after I tasted a friend’s homemade salsa .. I think it helps preserve the salsa too. I keep jalapeño powder and freeze-dried cilantro on hand, so I can always make this in a jiffy, even if I don’t have fresh ingredients.
Hey Terry – just keep in mind that it isn’t recommend from a food safety standpoint to keep the jars at room temperature (on a shelf) without properly processing in a water bath, steam bath or pressure canner. Simply letting them seal from the heat of the salsa doesn’t preserve them properly. You can google some of the reputable canning guides for more information but I want to make sure I give that disclaimer so no one gets sick and comes back to blame me. 🙂
Chips and dip are an instant party hit, and there’s just no 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!
Hey thanks Brian! We love hearing from satisfied readers. Glad you like the salsa! I hope you try some other Bald recipes too. They’re all delicious. We have some great outdoor recipes under our camping section, and loads of other tasty treats throughout the site. Enjoy!
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.
Back again today, triple batch with 24lbs of Green Zebra tomatoes. Got a little lazy about this batch and accidentally discovered that leaving the cut tomatoes covered and draining in the fridge overnight seems to eliminate the need for a cookdown. I’m not even sure I’m going to add the tomato paste to this batch. Also, under cover of “taste tests,” I’ve pretty much managed to have salsa for breakfast this morning. That’s health food, right?
Or I should use the plural and say “salsa-s”. Any decent Mexican dining establishment north of the border, whether a taco truck or full on restaurant will offer a variety of salsas to its patrons—tomatillo salsa verde, red chili salsa, and my favorite, a fresh tomato salsa otherwise knows as Pico de Gallo or Salsa Fresca.
Remove the jars carefully from the water or steam bath and let cool to room temperature. Check to make sure the jars have sealed correctly (lightly press the top of the lid; it should be firm – if the center bubbles up and down when you press on it, it hasn’t sealed correctly and will need to be refrigerated or re-processed).
I’m Mel, lover of great food, easy recipes and dark chocolate. I’m also a busy mom to 5 kids (+ 16 chickens, 4 cows, 1 dog, 1 cat, 1 beardie, and about 10,423 honey bees)! It’s a bit crazy, a lot yummy, and very real around here.
When you slice jalapenos, smart people should wear gloves. I know you’re wise like that. You probably won’t just “try” to not touch the seeds and then make this your mantra for the rest of the night: “Don’t touch your eyes. Don’t touch your eyes. Don’t touch your eyes.”
Think salsa is just for chips? Think again! While we love the ease of throwing together a simple appetizer for hungry family and friends with one of our salsa recipes, chips, and guacamole; you can also use salsa as a tasty topping on your favorite tacos, grilled chicken, or fish. The possibilities are endless. If you’re crunched for time, but still want homemade flavor, start with a store-bought fresh salsa and stir in a few fresh ingredients like roasted corn, cilantro, and chopped red onion. If time is no object and you’re starting from scratch we recommend allowing plenty of time for your salsa mixture to chill in the refrigerator. This will help the flavors meld leaving you with a salsa recipe that is a surefire crowd pleaser.