I was recently browsing books when the Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving caught my eye in the bookstore. I don’t own any canning or home preserving books so I picked up a copy. This book is such a great resource! I had already converted this recipe for Restaurant Style Salsa to a water bath canning recipe, but I wanted to do more.
Just gather your ingrediets, of course you don’t need to take a picture of them like I did lol. Roughly chop your onion, and jalapeno. Add the whole can of tomatoes, including juice, your chopped veggies, roughly chopped garlic, cumin, salt, sugar, a handful or more of cilantro, and juice some limes into your food processor.
Okay, you’ll want to break out gloves for this next step. Trust me, you will want gloves for this part. The one time I didn’t use them I couldn’t sleep that night because of the burning sensation in my hands that no amount of washing could remove!
You know that salsa you get at Mexican restaurants the minute you walk in with lots of chips, well that’s my favorite salsa ever and I’ve never been able to get that out of a jar. But salsa is simple enough that you can make yourself at home with a handful of fresh ingredients.
Lift the jars out of the water and let them cool without touching or bumping them in a draft-free place (usually takes overnight) You can then remove the rings if you like, but if you leave them on, at least loosen them quite a bit, so they don’t rust in place due to trapped moisture. Once the jars are cool, you can check that they are sealed verifying that the lid has been sucked down. Just press in the center, gently, with your finger. If it pops up and down (often making a popping sound), it is not sealed. If you put the jar in the refrigerator right away, you can still use it. Some people replace the lid and reprocess the jar, then that’s a bit iffy. If you heat the contents back up, re-jar them (with a new lid) and the full time in the canner, it’s usually ok.
My husband and I have been using this recipe for our canned salsa for three years now. Your recipe is easy to follow and delicious. Our friends and family love the salsa as do we and I would never dream of looking for a different recipe. It’s perfect! Thanks for posting it!!
After you’ve eaten your salsa, the jars and bands can be reused in future canning projects. However, you should never reuse lids – always purchase new lids (they are inexpensive) to ensure a proper seal.
I have a question regarding the Anaheim peppers. I seen on the internet some places rate this as a medium to hot pepper and others call it a mild pepper. I’m not a fan of hot or spicy peppers but I like the flavor of some. Is there a good substitute that is not as hot?
Thank you for sharing this recipe – it is delicious!!! I made it last week for the first time and just made another batch today for Sunday. I have been on the search for a long time for a great salsa recipe and this is it! Perfect!
The USDA does accept that if you take an approved, tested recipe and make minor alterations to ingredients that does affect the preserving properties, that should be ok. But there are a lot of if’s in that statement. For example, substituting 1 teaspoon of ground chili spice for 1/2 teaspoon of ground black pepper is probably fine, but substituting 1 cup of apple juice for 1 cup of lemon juice would not be. Unless you really know what you’re doing, you should probably stick to the approved recipes. The preserving recipes I publish, like the one above, are all from the USDA, universities or established canning authorities. Granny probably never did lab cultures and bacteria counts to test that her recipe was safe; you were her test guinea pig, and that’s not as reliable as a culture (next time you might get sick)
I use 1 can Roasted Garlic tomatoes, 2-3 Jalapenos (from Church’s chicken), finely chopped onion, Minced Garlic (in the glass), Cilantro, salt and pepper, and Lemon juice….I use my lil hand held blender to smash the bigger pieces……..My husband HAS to eat this with Every meal or he would be upset lol…Try it!
This is just what I’ve been looking for! I have only canned salsa once before, and I was disappointed that the final product turned out so thin. I have pinned this so I’ll know where to find it when tomato season rolls around.
Also, while we are on the topic of modifications, if you want to make this on a whim and you don’t have lime juice, white vinegar works just fine. I also make this without cilantro when my dad will be eating it because he hates cilantro. And it’s still good!
Really – you didn’t like LF salsa? Did you use the NT recipe? I didn’t like it either. But I have my own recipe now, which I posted last week, that we LOVE. It tastes just like my fresh salsa, but with more of a zing. So good.
After years of https://great-salsa.com/blog/ different salsa recipes I went on a quest last year to make and identify the best salsa recipe. This was a serious test – my canning team (aka – my sister and best friend) can together and can a lot; and, salsa is the most anticipated and loved of our canning products. We needed to ensure consistently high quality batches of salsa year after year. Thus, our quest!
Add just 1/4 cup chopped onion to the bowl. This doesn’t seem like a lot, considering that in my Pico de Gallo recipe, I preach and preach about how important it is for the onion to receive equal billing with the tomatoes. But for this salsa, it’s best to go subtle with the onions.
For the All-Raw version: Roughly chop the tomatillos and the chiles. In a blender or food processor, combine the tomatillos, chiles, cilantro and 1/4 cup water. Process to a coarse puree, then scrape into a serving dish. Rinse the onion under cold water, then shake to remove excess moisture. Stir into the salsa and season with salt, usually a generous 1/4 teaspoon.