Plums, jalapeño, basil, red onion, and a splash of lime juice come together to create a quick and fruity salsa that you and your family will love. Serve with our Pan-Grilled Chicken for a quick weeknight meal.
So, here is my favorite salsa. Enjoy! If you make it, make sure to come back here and leave feedback on my blog, I love to hear from you! Also, if you are Instagram, make sure to follow me and tag your creations #thevegan8, so I don’t miss the notification!
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.
Thanks! I did some skins and some not, but mixed it all together. It turned out pretty good, but a little sweet….I didn’t add any sugar. Could it be the apple cider vinegar or possibly the cherry tomatoes? Thanks again!
Salsa is popular and versatile, is easy to make, and freezes well. Use it plain with chips or as a sauce for many Mexican dishes. The biggest issue in making good freezer salsa is being sure you have boiled off most of the tomato water; otherwise your salsa when thawed will be way too runny. Don’t shorten the cooking time and be sure to let the salsa cool prior to freezing to avoid excess water from condensation.
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.
Thank you for sharing this recipe. We love it. And, I cannot tell you how excited we are to begin canning, today, for the coming year. I have to admit that we are thrilled to be making only this recipe. Needless to say – so are our tasters!
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.”
1 Sterilize jars and lids in water bath: Place steamer rack in the bottom of a large (16-qt) stock pot or canning pot. Place new or clean mason jars on the rack. Fill the jars with water and fill the pot with just enough water to come to the top of the jars. Heat water to a simmer. Simmer for 10 minutes. (Keep the jars warm while preparing the salsa.)
I think you could sub lemon juice if you are making small batches and keeping in the refrigerator, but changing out the acidity at that level will affect the overall pH which may make a difference in canning safety, so I can’t say for sure whether it would still be safe to can.
This salsa is really easy – the majority of time is spent prepping the ingredients, though a food processor makes it quicker. It cooks for only 30 minutes, which gives you just the right amount of time to get all the canning equipment in order and jars cleaned. Perfect, right?
Besides being delicious, “The BEST Salsa Recipe” is so, so easy to make, literally throw everything in your blender, Vitamix, Ninja or food processor and tah-dah! All you need to do after that is taste and adjust the flavors to your preference for sweetness and/or heat and grab a straw…err I mean chip! It also makes a great food or hostess gift!
Looks and sounds delicious. Hopefully, I am going to make it this weekend. I enjoy salsa very much. Been looking for a great recipe for quite a while. The comments were all praising the recipe for its looks, texture, and taste, so how could I go wrong, right! Did I overlook the yield of this recipe? If not, how many pints does this make?
Just made this salsa. Husband says it’s the best ever. I went to store to pick up Cilantro as it was the only ingredient I didn’t have on hand. I forgot to add it. It still is the best. I canned 8 pints and drained off almost all liquid when filling jars. I plan to add cilantro as we use it. It is amazing!
In 2012, Japan sold a limited edition of a funky “Salty Watermelon” Pepsi flavored sodaIn Middle America, there is a soda flavored from Mauby, a type of tree bark. It’s sweet and bitterIn Vietnam, there is a soft drink made from white fungus and the nests of cave-dwelling birdsAlgeria’s Hamoud Boualem purple tomatillo salsa recipe makes a “Slim Bitter” soda which is extremely sour and acidicWarriors of the Bushmen tribe drink a mixture of dried lion’s feces and tree bark before they go huntingThe Dutch have a pop soda that is cannabis flavored and has a bright green tint and thick textureIn Cyprus, there is a popular kids’ drink made of clam, oyster, and grape juiceIn Papua New Guinea, locals drink a traditional soda that is fermented cat urine mixed with berriesIn South Korea there is a soft drink made of 100% onion that reportedly contains anticancer agentsSwitzerland makes a garlic drink that is described as “a refreshing special garlic drink without a garlic smell”
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.
I LOVE SALSA BUT NOT CILANTRO. WILL ELIMINATING IT FROM THIS RECIPE MATTER MUCH? I EAT SALSA ON SCOOPS WITH A DAB OF SOUR CREAM. YOU CAN ALSO PUT SHREDDED CHEESE INTO THE SCOOPS, MICROWAVE A FEW SECONDS TIL CHEESE MELTS, TOP WITH SALSA AND SOUR CREAM. YUMMY! YUMMY!
This amazing classic salsa has been a favorite for many years and is a traditional Southwestern-style sauce. It’s full of tomato flavor and perfect for any time you want to serve a tasty salsa. Made from juicy tomatoes, green bell peppers, green onions, and seasoned with lime juice, cilantro, garlic and jalapeno chiles, this pico de gallo-style salsa serves as a great appetizer, snack, or sauce for Mexican night. …MORE+ LESS-
I’m new to canning and trying to understand pressure canning versus water bath. If you add corn and black beans to this salsa which are low acid, can you just pressure can it to make it safe? Thank you in advance for any help!
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.
This lively summer recipe can be served with tortilla chips as an appetizer, or with chicken or fish as a fresh and flavorful side dish. Made with corn, black beans, tomato, onion, pepper, and avocado, this salsa has the most amazing balance of textures in a great presentation.
You just want to make sure it has come to a boil so it’s thoroughly hot when adding to the jars. You may want to do the peeling and hand-chopping of the tomatoes and hand-chop the peppers and onions to be bigger, bring to a boil and then heat for 15 minutes.
The one thing I learned when teaching myself to can salsa was that in order to use a water-bath canner to make salsa shelf stable, it’s important to use a recipe from a trusted source that uses USDA guidelines. This is because there are so many low-acid ingredients in salsa (peppers, onions, and garlic) that it creates a delicate balance between the acid (tomatoes and usually another ingredient like vinegar or lemon juice) and the low-acid ingredients.
A food processor makes short work of herbs and garlic; you should toss these ingredients into the processor before you add the tomatoes. Use it to puree half or all of the tomatoes (you may prefer to keep some tomatoes chunky).
Haha, always worth the question! I just don’t know about pH levels and food safety of using canned so you might try googling to see if any of the main canning experts (Ball, NCFHP, etc) have anything to say about it.
Thanks for the savory recipe Jocelyn – I don’t always read your posts if the subject line is sweet as I already have too many temptations of the baking kind!! Thanks for the canned idea – will use organic tomatoes myself!
I have a salsa recipe that I have made for a few years now, it requires a lot of chopping! You can definitely tell it is homemade. I was so excited to see this recipe! I tried it tonight and my family LOVED it! They said they would have thought it was from a jar, but they were at the table while I was making it! Thanks for sharing!
Hi Shirley. I think the trick here is the original coarse chop on the tomatoes. They will break down some as they cook, but many will keep together in nice bite sized chunks too. You have to stir as they cook so that they don’t scorch, but do so gently so you don’t break the chunks apart too much. Much of the liquid you see in the pictures will reduce, making a thicker salsa with chucks of tomatoes, peppers, and onions in it.
So pregnant me hears a Mexican song on the radio and immediately envision myself eating dinner at Mexico Restaurant. I decide it’s the chips and salsa I really want and since I’m headed to the grocery store anyway, I decide to try my hand at restaurant style salsa. Found your recipe while in the store, and made it asap when I got home. uncouldnt believe how easy it was! My mind was a bit blown that canned tomatoes are the base ingredient. My only critique would be to leave off the cumin or at least try it in a small bowl to make sure you like it before adding to the whole mixture.
Combine whole tomatoes, Rotel, paste, onion, jalapeno, garlic, sugar, salt, cumin, lime juice, and cilantro in a blender or food processor. Pulse until you get the salsa to the consistency you’d like—about 10 to 15 pulses. Test seasonings with a tortilla chip and adjust as needed.
It looks good, fresh, but a little too blended. We like our SALSA chunky! Plus we make 3 different temperatures…SISSY, FIRE IN THE HOLE, AND LAVA JOE!!! Plus you can cook with our salsa as well…spaghetti, chili, red beans and rice to mention a few. Check out After Midnight Salsa online, or on Facebook when you have time…. Great recipe thought Mtn Momma 🙂 Jimmy
Ultra Gel is ultrafine cornstarch, which is used to thicken the salsa. It is now the preferred product for thickening when canning. I recently purchased Ultra Gel, which is GMO free. Clear Jel is a similar product. When I first made this recipe, it called for cornstarch, but Ultra Gel and Clear Jel are now recommended over corn starch for canning.
Awesome! Glad you like it Leslie! Your pepper mix sounds good. We just pulled the last of our peppers from the garden yesterday. We sliced them up (bells, sweet carmens, and pasillas) and mixed with sliced onions to freeze for future fajita meals. Gotta love having a garden!