It’s safe to make up your own recipes in some cases, too, but you have to be follow the rules. For instance, a mixed berry jam would be safe because berries generally have a low pH, and the sugar in jam ties up free water, which bacteria need to breed. Thick product and high pH product can easily get dangerous, especially in combination.
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.
I have the same question about leaving skins on. My Roma tomatoes are all puny, and I’d rather blend them all up than peel them. Also what about using cherry tomatoes if I have a bazillion of them? Just blend? Thanks!
This is pretty close to the recipe I always use to make salsa but it never occurred to me to roast the tomatoes, onions and peppers! I normally just chop up some fresh Roma tomatoes (too much liquid and lack of flavor in canned tomatoes) but I will definitely be roasting everything next time.
It is very helpful to have canning utensils, such as a jar lifter, lid lifter, wide-mouth funnel, and headspace tool. However, if you do not have these, you can use tongs (to lift jars out of the hot water), a fork or a magnet (to lift lids out of the hot water). Just be very careful not to drop your jars!
Ha! That’s too funny! Sometimes I just see the perfect related post title from a friend and don’t even check it out b/c I know all their stuff is great. I wonder if Donielle got more or less visits b/c people though it was an odd salsa? Whoops! Glad I could give you a chuckle, anyway!
Hello, Love the salsa recipe. Just curious if I could change the amount of time to cook. I like it chunkier and it seems like it was the consistency I preferred when I first began heating. After the full time required it was much smoother than I hoped for. Nevertheless it was delicious. Please let me know. Thanks. Brigitte
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“This is the best salsa recipe I’ve found so far and I’ve tried about a dozen. I got it from one of the local hospital cookbooks that are sold in my area. I changed it a bit and have been canning it for years. The reason I plant a garden is for this salsa. We would be lost without it. Hope you like it as much as we do. One of our members who is a food scientist took this salsa to work, tested the pH and found it measured under 4.0 (well within the safety limit for boiling water bath processing).”
My wife did not start cooking until shortly before moving paul newman black bean and corn salsa recipe the US. She also is from Peru and so the first meal she prepared for me was Aji de Gallina. From Chicha to Pisco & Papa Relleno to Ceviche she has taken me on a gastronomic adventure thru Peru & other parts of South America. We look forward to reading more from you.
Thanks for the comment! The salsa will keep at least through the week so you should be fine to make it ahead. The honey is optional and feel free to use as little or as much as you’d like to get it how you like it!
IMPORTANT: The only change you can safely make in this salsa recipe is to change the amount of spices and herbs. Do not alter the proportions of vegetables to acid and tomatoes because it might make the salsa unsafe. Do not substitute vinegar for the lemon juice.
We lived in West Texas for 18 years and now live in NE Pennsylvania. Didn’t have to worry about Salsa in Texas as there was a Mexican restaurant on almost every corner. Not so in PA. I have been making my Salsa (Mexican Chili) from a good Mexican friend of ours now for 12 years with some adjustments, 1 large can of Furmano’s whole tomatoes, jalapenos, cumin, coriander, salt fresh cilantro (when we can get it), minced garlic, diced yellow onions, lemon and lime juice, and some other spices. Will have to say it is VERY good.Have had many people Rave about it who are transplants like myself from Texas and California.
Making this right now! Can’t wait to try it! I wasn’t sure if I needed to buy a yellow or white onion, but I went with the white onion. Hoever, I am bummed b/c i just realized I forgot the jalapeno and the lime juice.. Hopefully it still tastes as good as yours! Thank you for sharing!!
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!!!❤️❤️❤️❤️
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.
I just want to let you know this is now my go to recipe for salsa. My husband says I’ve ruin him for ever eating jar salsa again after eating this and it’s my summer go to recipe when I have guests come iver swimming. Thx for sharing I’ve been using this recipe for two years now and it’s a real crowd pleaser and no fail!
I made this recipe and canned it today. I pretty much followed the recipe except that I put in 1/4 cup chopped cilantro (and left out a little bit of the onion and jalapeno, about 1/4 worth). Instead of cayenne pepper, I put in a finely chopped cayenne pepper since I had so many from my garden. My tomatoes were not Roma and were pretty juicy. Result: Very Hot!!! (so maybe a whole cayenne pepper was too much??), and only made 3 1/2 pints (I realize results can vary, and my tomatoes probably cooked down quite a lot). All in all, very tasty! PS: Thanks for reminding people to wear rubber gloves when handling hot peppers! I will probably try this again with the other variety of tomatoes that I grew this summer, Russian Black (the ones I use today are called Stupice).
Canning jars (pint size or 8 ounce size), includes lids and rings 4 pint jars or 8 eight-ounce jars $8.00/dozen Grocery stores, like Publix, Kroger and Safeway and local “big box” stores; sometimes Big Lots and even hardware stores $3.00
We LOVE this salsa so much!! We eat it almost daily, so when I say we love it, I mean we LOVE-LOVE it! So much so, in fact, that I added jalapenos and cilantro to our garden this year, only now we can’t eat it and give it away fast enough – can this recipe be canned? I’d love to hear if anyone has had success canning this recipe. Thanks so much, mountain mama for sharing!
I haven’t tried it so I’m not sure. Of course he flavor will be different but the real key is to check to see about the pH level and food safety. You might try googling to find out. Do you hate the peeling part? I used to hate processing tomatoes, too, until I started broiling them to remove the skins. So much easier than boiling.
Streetlights flickered across the dusty lanes of La Yarada as Gloria flipped tortillas over a fiery comal, which she’d inherited from her grandmother. Ice cubes clinked inside a cocktail shaker as Joshua sloshed a tequila, amaretto and lime juice concoction into salted margarita glasses.
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,
9. You don’t need to pressure cook or hot bath because the hot salsa seals the jars on their own. The vinegar in the recipe along with the acid of the tomatoes kills the bacteria while cooking. However, if you feel you would like to pressure cook or use a hot bath for your jars, you can and it will not affect the salsa.
You’re right, Jen, that’s not considered a safe-for-canning method. You should always use a tested recipe with measured ingredients to keep your acid-to-low-acid ratios in check (higher acid being tomatoes, lemon juice or vinegar, lower are peppers, onions, cilantro/parsley, garlic).
A great recipe – thank you so much! A suggestion though – we did the chopping of garlic, onions, peppers, juiced the limes, and toasted/ground the cumin the night before. We put them in fridge but let them come back to room temp before we added them to the tomatoes. It didn’t seem so overwhelming the day of canning. Such a blessing to find this recipe. Thanks again!
Hi Sherell 🙂 I’m glad you like the flavor! I always make it as written, so I can’t say for sure, but you could always place a mesh sieve over a bowl and pour the salsa through the sieve. Then you can add some of the liquid until you get to the consistency you prefer 🙂
Joshua and Gloria, expats living in Peru, still have a powerful connection with Mexico. Gloria, who was born in the United States to parents of Mexican descent, prepares family recipes passed down from generation to generation.