Hi Katie, the standard recommendation for home-canned foods is to use it within 1 year. That said, we have eaten salsa that’s been up to 1-1/2 years old and it was perfectly fine. I’m not as concerned with foods that have added vinegar or a natural high acid content (like fruits) – we regularly eat them at more than a year old.
After at least 12 hours (but before 24 hours) you can can test your seals. Press the center of the lid to make sure it is concave, then remove the band and (gently!) try to lift (not pry) the lid off with your fingertips. If the center doesn’t flex up and down, and you can’t lift the lid by gently pulling, then your jar has a good vacuum seal.
I’ve made this salsa 3 different times since discovering it on pinterest! I love it. The first time it was super hot, I had no honey and ended up using sugar to calm it down. The second time I had craved it, but morning sickness kicked in and most of it got wasted. 🙁 This time baby is over morning sickness and craves spicy foods! Made it tonight. Delicious! I froze half of it so it doesn’t get wasted. Also think I will start leaving out the cilantro, I really dislike the flavor of it. Other than that I LOVE this salsa!
Use a ladle to fill the hot jars with the hot salsa, leaving ¼ inch head space. Close the lids and place the jars in a boiling water bath for 15 minutes. Make sure the jars are fully submerged under water with several inches of water above them. Remove the jars and let them rest undisturbed for 24 hours before moving them.
Once you ladle the salsa into the jars, place the lids and the bands on the jars and tighten with your hand. Once you have the lids on tight, place the jars into the water bath to process for 15 minutes. The bands keep the lids on place while the boiling water creates a pressure difference that actually seals the lids on the jars. Allow the sealed jars of salsa to cool and sit overnight. You can then take off the bands (leaving on the lids) and store the sealed jars of salsa on your pantry until you’re ready to open them up and eat them.
This recipe has become one of my go-to snacks because a) it takes less than 10 minutes to make, b) it’s really delicious and c) it’s incredibly versatile. Like I mentioned in the video, there are 2 ways you can prepare mild salsa. You can either chop everything using a knife or process the ingredients in a food processor for a more liquidy (is that a word?) result.
Please help! My husband and I made one batch of this ridiculously amazing salsa last night. We plan to make another today. We do have some smallish air bubbles in a few jars. Is this a problem? We followed your recipe exactly, but will use our bubble removing tool this time. We can still give these as gifts, right??
Salsa is a versatile condiment that can go on chips, burritos, eggs, or even mixed in with ranch for a healthier salad dressing. Salsa is naturally low in calories and speeds up the body’s metabolism, making it a fantastic addition to your diet. Commercial salsas can be loaded with sodium and contain preservatives, so making your own easy homemade salsa recipe is a good idea. Plus, fresh always tastes better!
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!
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I haven’t yet tried your salsa recipes. I have been looking for information to can some killer cherry salsa I came up with a few years ago. Have only eaten it fresh, but wanted to can it and have some last throughout the year. So I think from some of the things I have been reading is that I need to use lemon juice, (bottled for strength consistency) to make it acidic so it will not spoil. Or perhaps vinegar. I do already use lime in my salsa, but think it must need the lemon or vinegar too. Basically I just replace tomatoes with cherries and use several different chilies and make it pretty hot.
I used to kind of roll my eyes at people who got heated (no pun intended) over which homemade salsa recipe is the best (most of the aforementioned people don’t give out their secret recipes so I’ve had to end my friendship with them).
Glad you love it! Cilantro can qdoba green salsa recipe turn brown (oxidize) over time and sometimes that happens quicker than other times. Also tomatoes vary in how bright and vibrant they are, some are darker than others and then with the cilantro, that could be making the color darker.
Thanks so much for this recipe. This is my first year of canning. It’s so much fun but I still get a little nervous. Haha. I was just wondering if this recipe would still be safe if I only cooked it on the stove for a few minutes as we like our salsa a bit more chunky. I would still use the recommended processing time in the canner. Thanks.
We make salsa using our charcoal grill- just put the tomatoes, green peppers, onions, whatever you want, directly onto the hot coals. After about an hour, take them off and let them cool, then rub off the charred skin (leave some on for more smokey flavor!), put them in a food processor with some seasonings and voila! We usually roast a head (?) of garlic at the same time and throw half of it in the salsa.
I’m a total salsa snob. So hard to find a good store bought salsa. I’d love to try this to see if I approve but I hate cilantro. So I’m scared to make a batch if I end up not liking it. And scared it won’t be a winner without it.
For mild salsa try hot peppers lower on the Scoville scale, such as poblano or even bell pepper. Remove all veins and seeds. Offer pickled serrano peppers to guests who enjoy fiery salsa. Buy an authentic brand such as Herdez.
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?
Bring a large pot of water to a rapid boil. Carefully drop the tomatoes in the boiling water for 30 seconds them remove. Peel the skins and squeeze the seeds to remove them along with excess water. Place the tomatoes in a colander to drain. Chop the tomatoes.
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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.
A visitor writes on August 24, 2014: “I grew my own tomatoes and love salsa but have never cared for the preservative taste I detect in store bought salsas. We followed your recipe and direction (my first time canning) and it is wonderful. Thank you so much!!”
I made this salsa exactly as the recipe stated with all home grown ingredients. I didn’t want to stray from the recipe since I spent so much effort in growing all the produce in it. There was one small exception in that I used orange peppers instead of green peppers since my green peppers were not ready to harvest. This salsa is incredible! Best I have ever tasted. My sons are salsa fanatics and they fought over the last jar! So often recipes don’t turn out to taste as one would hope but this surpassed all expectations. Plus it is so easy! I am making a double batch as we speak so I can give some to my boys to take to college with them.
I would like to try your salsa this year. However, I am not a big fan of vinegar in salsa. I successfully substituted lime juice in the recipe I canned last year. Do you think that would work in this one as we’ll? Thanks!
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.
I was SO excited when I found your recipe on Pinterest that I went to the store immediately and bought all the ingredients…all except the onion and the cumin. Do you think frozen chopped onions would work? And is there anything I can substitute for the cumin or can I leave it out?? I think I might have to go back to the grocery…lol. I cannot wait to try this salsa!!!
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.
If you were to ask each one of our family members what their favorite meals are, I can guarantee that pizza and tacos would be in the top 3 for almost everyone. These two meals get made the most around here. Good thing everyone loves them.
This Easy Pico de Gallo, however, in an exception. Over the past few months, I’ve made it to go with my Slow Cooker Carne Asada, my Easy Queso Dip, my Cheesy Mexican Skillet (coming soon!), and at least five rounds of nachos. 😉
Very good Damn salsa! Want to switch it up and try this recipe a little different? I made this with no cumin and I substituted lime juice instead of lemon. It gives it a more authentic flavor. (I’m from the southwest) leave the cumin for the main dish. (Although very good) Call it The Best Damn Salsa With Lime!)
I love this recipe. I made it my own using hot Hatch green chilis and medium Hatch Sandia chilis. It came out great and with our added chilis, it was a hit with my husband too. Thanks putting it out for everyone to make. It is great. And I live in the South west, grew up in New Mexico and live in Arizona so you know you did good.
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!