Looks great! I’m researching safe water bath canned salsa, and I was thinking of using green tomatoes and miscellaneous hot peppers as end of the season Salsa. Could I sub green for red safely, and no gels?
The vinegar is needed for food safety but you could try subbing in bottled lemon juice (I don’t love the flavor which is why I stick with vinegar) or search for a recipe with a different lineup of ingredients. Sorry you didn’t love it; if I were your neighbor, I’d come take it off your hands. My husband would be thrilled! 🙂
“I just made this recipe and it is delicious. I used about 1/2 cup sliced jarred jalapenos for nachos instead of roasting the jalapenos and also used a can of fire roasted stewed tomatoes because it used less sugar. I used a regular 28 oz. can of tomatoes also. This is a winner. Tastes just like the salsa you get in restaurants. We loved it. I highly recommend this recipe as a Volunteer Field Editor for Taste of Home.”
This is my favorite salsa recipe! Thank you for sharing it. I has to substitute half lemon half lime today. That should be ok, right? Also, I doubled the batch and got 13 1/2 pints. Last year I also had extra than what the recipe called for. I weigh and measure everything precisely. I notice that after I strain the tomatoes and boil/simmer them that the consistency is still watery. Should I just squeeze the tomatoes after staining? This still should be ok to eat even though it made more?
We canned, labeled, taste tested, did follow-up surveys. We, our families, and our friends were the discerning critics for the process. Of the 6 recipes whose performance in previous canning adventures had qualified them to participate in this competition, this salsa was the clear winner!!! Every taste tester liked the salsa at each step – fresh, canned for a while, canned for a year. In fact, we had to keep back a single (hidden and disguised) bottle to use for the “canned for a year” competition. Our tasters loved this recipe so much that while there were plenty bottles of the other recipes around, this recipe was searched for every time they craved salsa. It is also very pretty in the jar; which, may be superficial, but is also satisfying at the end of the canning day!
What’s the secret behind this addictive salsa? Roasting! It brings out an incredible depth of flavor you can’t get any other way. Pro tip: remove the jalapeno seeds for salsa that’s spicy without being SPICY (know what we mean?).
Combine tomatoes, red onion, yellow onion, green chilies, lime juice, cilantro, garlic, cumin, and salt in a food processor. Pulse processor until mixture is combined, yet remains chunky. Transfer to a bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate at least 1 hour.
Below in a comment from early August it said to get the 10 cups it would be about 8-12 tomatoes. I used about 30 medium size roma type tomatoes (filled 2 large sheet pans) and after peeling, chopping and draining I only end up with 6 cups of tomatoes. Did you meant o say 8-12lbs and not tomatoes or am I doing something wrong ? I ask because I change the ratio of ingredients off of that and do not want to mess the PH if somehow I am measuring wrong though not sure how I would be.
It’s the quickest salsa recipe ever, it takes just 5 minutes to whip up and it’s so delicious, fresh and bursting with flavors. You just throw everything in the food processor, give a few pulses, and it’s done. Perfect salsa!
You did forget one important detail however in the sanitizing.. YOU HAVE TO SANITIZE THE LIDS, and do not touch the rubber part of the lid as your oils in your skin will cause it to be unusable. I have canned for years, as does my mother in law.. I would not hesitate to can ANYTHING, meat or veggie.. 🙂 Just remember to sanitize the jars and lids!!
This sounds amazing! I was looking for a recipe for salsa to jar so that I can make a big batch for me and the family to least the year ( i love me some salsa haha!) Do you know if you heated this up if you could jar it? I’m new at this so bear with me!
Toss the squeezed (Squozen? 🙂 tomatoes into a colander or drainer, while you work on others. This helps beer salsa recipe of the water to drain off. You may want to save the liquid: if you then pass it through a sieve, screen or cheesecloth, you have fresh tomato juice; great to drink cold or use in cooking! By draining the water off now, you’ll end up with a thicker spaghetti sauce in less cooking time! And that preserves vitamins (and your sanity).
But in the mean time, go make this version. It will surprise you at how fresh and awesome it tastes! The fire-roasted tomatoes are so good, if you can find them. If not, I have used plain tomatoes tons of times, and it is still really delicious!
I am very excited to try this recipe. I, too, have made several batches of “runny” salsa; I like the thick stuff! I’m going to have a bumper crop of great tomatoes, so I will be busy! Thanks for the recipe!
Not sure what went wrong with my salsa.. followed recipe to a T and mine turned out an orangey color and pulsed on low for maybe 20-30 seconds & it’s very runny. Looks nothing like the photos and doesn’t taste like I hoped it would. 🙁
Wonderful flavor. It took way way to long to peel and core tomatoes so I cored with knife tip stem end blanched then snipped into tiny pieces. It took me maybe 20 minutes while it took me nearly two hours your way. Otherwise great recipe thank you so much. Just wanted to let others know if they were having problems like me
Niki, sorry for my delayed reply. I’ve been on vacation and away from connectivity. The cilantro is strictly for flavor so leave it out if you don’t like it. As for the celery, a little should be fine. Too much will change the Ph, which could mean unsafe storage. Just add a little extra lime or lemon juice to compensate.
Made this today and it came out very good. Nice, easy recipe. I loved the tip about putting the tomatoes under the broiler for easy peeling, so much easier than dinking around with boiling water and ice baths. I am taking the lazy way out and freezing it in serving portions as I am all “canned out” for this summer. I used the rest of my garden tomatoes, which were a generic slicing type and tons of red grape tomatoes. I didn’t plant any romas this year as they failed last year.
This is absolutely the first salsa I’ve ever made, and canned. Perfect! The best I’ve tasted. I’ve just begun gardening, and was able to use all ingredients from my own garden. Successful and delicious!
Put all of the ingredients in your blender. Adding the tomatoes first makes it much easier to blend. Do not add water unless it won’t blend and then only add 2 tablespoons of water at a time. Most of the time you won’t have to add any. Too much water makes the salsa runny. You want a full-bodied slightly chunky tomato salsa.
I made this salsa yesterday for our superbowl festivities. It is the most delicious salsa I have ever made. I think it gets even better the longer it sits! Not that it will be around much longer, heh.
I pride myself on being a professional snacker. How do you become one? By eating a lot, a lot of snacks. However since my love for snacking is so deep, I always try to make sure that I make the healthiest choices possible when picking what to munch on.
At right is a picture of tomatoes from my garden – they are so much better than anything from the grocery store. And if you don’t have enough, a pick-your-own farm is the pace to go! At right are 4 common varieties that will work:
I’m sure it would be fine to can as long as you know what you’re doing when it comes to canning. I think there is a specific process you have to go through with the cans. I’m sorry I’m not more help, but I’ve never tried canning. Every year I tell myself I’m going to can salsa, but I never get around to doing it. I would google canning salsa, so at least you know the process. Good luck!
Once the garlic is in the pot, add the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil then reduce the heat and boil gently for 30 minutes. Stir often, making sure it doesn’t burn on the bottom (TIP: cheap, thin-bottomed stock pots tend to burn, but thicker-bottomed pots don’t – it’s worth it to pay a few dollars more. #lessonlearned).
I’m so excited to try this recipe out. The reviews are fantastic! It’s my first year canning and I was wondering if I can use quart size bottles? We go through salsa like crazy around here. Will I need to adjust the processing time at all? Thank you so much. I know anything you blog about will be amazing and turns out every time!
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.”
Really good! I’ve tried and tried to make salsa never with any success. When you said to seed it I thought why not peel it as well! So I dumped all my various heirlooms that I hadn’t eaten yet into boiling water for 30 seconds or so and peeled and seeded them. I also used what peppers I had on hand: a mira pepper (like a small sweeter bell) a banana pepper, and a hot purple pepper. made a mild/medium spiciness. I agree with others, double the batch! I might leave out the sugar next time to see how it tastes.
Authentic Pico de Gallo Recipe – By far the best pico de gallo recipe we’ve made. A fresh Salsa Fresca recipe for tacos, fajitas, and even with chips with fresh pico. (aka salsa with fresh tomatoes) (Authentic Vegan Tacos)
So I started testing recipes from a Kerr canning book, the Ball Blue Book, the Oregonian newspaper, and some preserving books from the library that all used safe guidelines. While they all had good flavor (I was using wonderful produce, after all!), they were usually really watery and/or vinegary. Boo.