Homemade Salsa (Canned & Fresh OK): For those of you who are new to making salsa or blanching tomatoes…you’re in luck! I just made a batch of salsa today, and I took pictures so I can give you the play-by-play. Recipe found at Call Her Blessed.
So. We’ve established that I am a fan of ALL salsas. But if you made me choose my favorite variety, I would have a few criteria: (1) classic tomato salsa (2) with no sugar (I prefer savory salsa, much like I prefer savory corn bread!).
My boyfriend and I made your salsa the other day…OMG!! We try a new recipe every year because we haven’t found one yet with a WOW factor…until now! Thanks so much for sharing. I just printed about 20 recipes off your website to try. Our search for salsa recipes is finally over, there’s no way you could improve on this one.
I’ve never attempted to use canned tomatoes in the recipe, and can’t remember the last time I purchased store tomatoes, so I’m not sure how much liquid is in there in proportion to the fruit. My best guess to make this work would be to drain the tomatoes and then weigh them – but this would be a little high since the starting weight with raw tomatoes includes skins, seeds and excess juice that’s removed/drained off. Maybe around 16-80 pounds drained tomatoes? When I’ve drained my tomatoes after chopping, I end up with around 7 quarts in volume. There is no simple answer, unfortunately. If you give it a go, you may way to get pH strips to test the finished salsa and make sure the pH is below 4.6 for safe canning. If not, you could freeze, or add more vinegar.
My husband made homemade salsa this year and he didn’t use any vinegar in his recipe – just the lime juice. He canned several jars and they have too much lime in them – what should I do to balance that – add vinegar or more tomatoes once we open the jar? thanks for the help.
Rachael, did you still put the full amount of cider vinegar into the batch of salsa and when putting into jars, individually add the lemon juice to each jar…if so, were they pint and how did this batch turn out? Thanks, Nancy
LOVE this! We make it all the time. Be careful, it’s very addicting. We don’t put honey in it though, I’ll have to try that. We also make a big batch, so we use 4 cans of Rotel, 2 original and 2 mild. It’s gives it a lot of heat without having to use many jalapenos. My husband usually puts a little olive oil in his too. Lots and lots of cilantro makes this fantastic though! 🙂
I usually run my jars through the dishwasher and try to time it so they are done and warm when I’m ready to fill jars. Never fill cold jars with hot salsa! The difference in temperatures may cause the glass to break.
UPDATE 09/06/17: Lots of you have asked for a weight measure on the tomatoes. I’ve been canning this salsa the last few days and experimented weighing and measuring tomatoes. The result? Tomatoes are unpredictable! Meaning, the exact weight (that will yield the 10 cups drained needed in the recipe) is EXTREMELY variable depending on the type of tomato used.
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What a gorgeous post. Your salsa looks delicious and has the added virtue of being easy to do. I am new here but will be back. I really like the food and recipes you feature. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary
I started hunting around for recipes, and came up with several that looked promising, but the one I settled on was from PickYourOwn.org. I just checked the link, and they’ve changed the recipe that’s posted, but I’ll be sticking with the one I have. I’m so glad I saved it to my home computer. This makes a mild salsa, thick with tomatoes. In 2013, we made seven batches. The boys love salsa. They are much bigger now than when this post was first written.
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.)
Oh goodness! Well I hope I didn’t mess it up too much. I did drain the half I chopped in the food processor. The half I cut by hand I just poured off the juice from the cutting board prior to adding the tomatoes to the pot. The sample I had prior to processing them was yummy! We will find out when they cool.
In a large bowl, combine the tomatoes, onions, celery and green pepper. In a small bowl, whisk the wine or apple juice, vinegar, oil, mustard seed, salt, coriander and pepper; pour over vegetables and toss to coat. Serve with chips. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 2-1/2 cups.
This is pretty much my exact recipe, only I stopped measuring a long time ago and I’ve never tried using canned tomatoes along with the fresh. Fresh salsa is definitely the way to go. I can’t even eat canned salsa anymore. One thing I do sometimes to add depth is to roast the tomato, garlic, and jalapeno (just throw it all on a baking sheet and let it go for about 20 minutes at 400F, turning once if I’m not feeling too lazy). This in combo with the fresh cilantro and lime juice gets rave reviews. I bet using canned tomatoes would add a similar depth!
To finish the tomato prep, dice the tomatoes into small chunks and place in colander to drain off excess juice. We prefer to scrape out most of the seeds and squeeze out excess juice for a thicker salsa. If desired, juice can be strained and consumed, or canned separately for later use.
I made this and mine is more orangeish.. omitted the honey and added a whole jalapeno including the seeds. followed the recipe dead on otherwise.. it’s a little runny too 🙁 Any suggestions to thickening it or making it the deep red color?
Thank you! Thank you! Thank youuuu! I am a born and raised Texan who moved to Canada 12 years back. I have searched high and low to find a salsa that reminds me of home. Made this over the weekend and I am so happy!! So simple, so easy and perfect!! Love it!
Why canned tomatoes? Quality canned tomatoes are picked at their peak and stay https://great-salsa.com/category/chiles/ way. If you can find fire roasted tomatoes awesome…if not this will still be delicious! You can always use the bounty from your garden in place of canned…that works as well!
There is nothing better than the flavor of homemade salsa in the middle of winter to bring back memories of summer. This highly rated recipe “Diner’s Freezer Salsa” by Diann Godbey from http://www.food.com/recipe/diners-freezer-salsa-12275 is a real winner for its ease and flavorful result.
Not only is it delish with tortilla chips but also over scrambled eggs, chicken, fish, grilled veggies, tacos, burrito bowls, mixed into cooked quinoa or beans. Plus now is the time to make this stuff! Homegrown, ripest tomatoes are the best here but if you’re like us and still recovering from cold winter and non-existent spring and homegrown tomatoes are still couple months away, then use any other sort of juicy tomatoes that you can get your hands on.
This was so good and so fast!! I didn’t have rotel on hand so I took another posters advice and used two cans of diced tomatoes and doubled the salt and jalapeno. I WILL be making this exactly as the recipe states because I’m sure it’s delicious as is. I am no longer hungry for the taco’s I was gong to make because of this addicting salsa!
For a smooth salsa, add all ingredients to a food processor and blend until smooth. For a pico de gallo, chop ingredients into smaller chunks and mix together in a bowl. Keep refrigerated until ready to use.
Hi, I noticed my comment was not posted and hence no response. Would you be so kind as to answer my question privately? I’m an American living in The Netherlands who really misses good salsa! I would love to make this salsa to store away for the winter but am wondering the shelf life.
3) Peeling tomatoes is the pits, but it must be done for this recipe (both from a texture and bacteria standpoint). I know my grandmother will roll in her grave, but I don’t use the traditional cut an X in the tomato, plunge it into boiling water and then submerge in an ice bath method.
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.
Put all the ingredients in the base of a food processor or good blender and pulse to combine for 30 seconds or so until all the ingredients are finely chopped and salsa is desired consistency. Taste for seasoning and adjust to taste. Serve with chips or over tacos.
Made this salsa yesterday and out turned out amazing! This was my first time canning, and now I’m addicted. I used a variety of whatever tomatoes were ripe in my garden: Roma, Big Beef, and San Marzano.
Prepare tomatoes by soaking tomatoes in boiling water for 2-3 minutes to split and loosen skins. Peel and chop all tomatoes, drain excess juices off in a strainer or colander before adding to extra large bowl. (I half or quarter the tomatoes, then process briefly in a food processor before draining off juices, I like the tomatoes kind of chunky).