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 pH’s, 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?
After you’ve skinned all of your tomatoes, it’s time to seed and juice them. To do so, cut your tomato in half, then squeeze each half into a bowl (instead of getting rid of this juice, I canned it too – now I have several quarts of fresh tomato juice on hand!). When you squeeze, a lot of liquid and seeds should come out – don’t try and get every drop of liquid out of the flesh, just a squeeze or two is fine. But be careful, as you can never tell where the juice will squirt – I got myself in the eye a few times, not to mention the walls, counters, and cabinets near me!
Thanks for the tip. I have planted 36 roma tomato plants and many pepper plants. My family and friends are looking forward to salsa again this year. I plan on making this great recipe again. Many thanks. Lillian
Best part about this recipe, is that I have a supply of great tasting fresh salsa that we’ll be enjoying all Winter. We’ve already opened one jar and you’d think it had just been freshly made minutes ago.
Once it boils, you will want to turn the heat down to medium and cook it until the mixture reduces to about half. Make sure you don’t just walk away from the stove though – you need to stir the mixture every 5 – 8 minutes so it doesn’t burn on the bottom.
Peel the tomatoes by bringing a large saucepan of water to a boil and filling a large bowl with ice water. Dip your tomatoes into the boiling water until the skins crack and loosen – about 30-60 seconds. Remove the tomatoes from the pot and place in the bowl of ice water to cool. Peel and chop your tomatoes once they are cool enough to handle.
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!
Amazing. I had about half amount of prepared tomatoes so I divided the other ingredients in half pretty much. I only put 1/4 cup apple vinegar in. I’m so proud of myself! Tomorrow I will can the mixture in a hot water bath. No time today.
LOVE this recipe!!! You are genius!!! Made it today, doubled the batch and didn’t change a thing except only had 4 limes so squeezed them for 1/2 cup of lime juice. Used 4 jalepenos, chopping only one fully and heat is spot on! Not to mild but with a kick! The flavor is so fresh and consistency is chunky:-)) made 13 pint jars!! Only hope I get 8 more pounds of tomatoes from our garden! By the way, I used combo of Roma and celebrity from our garden:-))) Thank you, bald gourmet!!!❤️❤️❤️❤️
I made this the other day for my kids to have with chips for a after school snack. It turned out wonderful! My 11 year old daughter pretty much devoured the first bowl by herself! And me and my 10 year old son finished off the second bowl the next night with dinner. It was the best salsa ever. Spicy and just the right consistency of everything. Easy salsa to make takes about 5 mins max. Thanks for sharing will be making this a lot more. Followed the recipe exactly with the exception of using dried cilantro and 1 1/2 tab. of bottled lime juice. Everyone loved it including my husband!
Made this tonight. Absolutely delicious! Loved the tip about the tomato skins. I have never heard this before. I was there with your grandmother. Not any more! Thank you for sharing this recipe. God bless,
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My mom and I love your salsa! We would like to jar it because our garden has produced some much this year and we’d like to be able to enjoy it year around! If we do jar it, do we need to add vinegar or some type of preservative? We noticed that when we made it, it lost it’s power after about a week. Have you ever jarred it before?
Also, an added trick to speed up peeling tomatoes (and make it sooooo much easier) score an “X” on the bottom side of your tomato before blanching. After you cool it, you can peel it like a banana from the bottom.
This recipe is perfect! I Played around a little with it but not much. Are used about a quarter tomatillos and three quarters roma tomatoes. I used about 20 lbs total of this mixture. Are use six Tabasco peppers, because that’s what I had on hand. I roasted the garlic and used nine large cloves. I used a cup and a half of the vinegar to get the pH where it needed to be (4.5). I processed using a pressure cooker. It was a big hit in our house!
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Rachel, you can substitute jalapeños for the serrano chiles and get great results. Try the recipe with 2 jalapeños and if the salsa is too spicy reduce it to one. Removing the seeds and veins from the chiles reduces the heat too. Cheers!
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:
As if you needed any more good news, this homemade salsa can be prepared in about 5 minutes at any time of year! In the summer it’s delicious with seasonally ripe tomatoes, peppers, and herbs, but it’s also easy to make in the off-season with a can of tomatoes and canned chilies. Don’t let the weather stop you from enjoying fresh chips and salsa whenever a craving strikes…
Nope. The tomatoes have enough liquid in them already. You want to drain them before cooking, and then cook them long to get rid of as much liquid as possible. This is what gives the end salsa such a good thick consistency. Glad you asked Lise.
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)
Hi!! First of all thanks for responding all the questions. I want to do this salsa. First timer canning and doing salsa. I have a question if I want to do just half sweet salsa and half spicy. Any idea. Also I’m a fan of measuring by ounces/cups not counting the quantities of peppers. Congrats on this total success salsa!
Question. I used my food processor to chop up tomatoes. Probably took 1/2 bushel of Roma tomatoes for https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEBG6L4px6fNxT0gEi9kmhw cup. Do you think this is too much tomato for this recipe. Tomatoes pulp really looks nice and I think is the righ consistency.
One can indeed use a pressure canner for canning salsa . I always use Roma tomatoes and never use the tomatoe paste (optional) in the recipe . It never turns out to liquidity or mushy ,not ever . Very certain the reason for that is the Roma’s are a meaty tomato. I have tried the water bath method as well with this recipe , both have the same consistency. I pressure can at 10 lbs. of pressure for 15 min. Adjust lbs. of pressure for your elevation .
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You can use lime juice or lemon juice but it absolutely has to be the bottled type, not fresh and I would only replace half of the vinegar with it. As Mel said, the PH level is critical to safe consumption of canned foods. Fresh citrus fruits tend to vary in their acidity levels.
Made my second batch today. First batch was a just over a week ago and yielded 8 jars. It was quickly apparent this was not enough!! lol Family is raving about this recipe. I didn’t add the sugar either time, don’t miss it. I used the jalepenos with all the seeds and membranes the first time. Quite spicy but not unbearable. This time around, I used the seeds and membranes from 3 of 5 of the jalepenos (per batch; I doubled the recipe this time, hoping to keep some in the house for more than a couple of weeks.) It’s perfect to my taste.. probably a medium to hot level compared to store bought. My family doesn’t like chunky salsa so I threw the tomatoes in the food processor for a couple of pulses, and used the food processor for the peppers, and onions. SUCH a great tasting recipe. All I hear are complaints that we keep running out of nacho chips 😉 Thanks for sharing!!
Hi, I am very excited to try this recipe but I have a question about your canning. I was very interested to see that while preparing your jars, you had them inverted in a fry pan. I have never seen this technique before as I have always boiled my jars in the water bath canner then returned them for processing after they are filled. Have you ever had any issues with chipping rims or cracking? Thanks Kate
Oh I’m glad you posted this! My friend said she freezes her garden tomatoes as they become ripe and turns them into salsa and what not so I’ve been throwing them in my freezer and was scared it would ruin it! Yay!!
Yes, I think so. I’m not sure how the texture fares…or the flavor…but I know several people in the comments have frozen it (I believe they cut down on the vinegar slightly since it doesn’t need as much acidity if it’s not being canned).
Combine the diced tomatoes, whole tomatoes, cilantro, onions, garlic, jalapeno, cumin, salt, sugar and lime juice in a blender or food processor. (This is a very large batch. I recommend using a 12-cup food processor, or you can process the ingredients in batches and then mix everything together in a large mixing bowl.)
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!
[…] chunky salsa – I wasn’t satisfied with the salsa recipe I canned last month. This one is so much better! Whatever I did it was the perfect amount of heat, and the consistency is just like restaurant salsa. We will definitely enjoy this come winter. […]