One important thing I learned about salsas is that using FRESH ingredients is the only way to go! Many “restaurant style” Mexican salsa recipes circulating the Internet call for canned tomatoes, tomato paste, or seasonings. These recipes wont yield a truly fresh Mexican salsa!
The recipe looks good except for adding factory canned tomato sauce and paste! Ugh. I make my own and would use it. If I didn’t make my own I would simply cook it longer to thicken. You sort of lose the whole meaning of “home canned” if you add factory food in it, don’t you think?
I first made this fresh, fruity salsa for a family baby shower. Everyone wanted the recipe. Now, someone makes this juicy snack for just about every family gathering—and I have to keep reminding everyone who introduced it! —Jessica Robinson, Indian Trail, North Carolina
Instead, I cut the tomatoes in half, place them cut-side down on a baking sheet, pop them under the hot oven broiler for 3-4 minutes (watch closely!) and the skins will wrinkle right up when the pan is removed, and after they are cooled, the skins will peel off really easily.
Sounds fabulous Lea Ann. I love smoked paprika and I’m sure it made a great addition. As I read this I thought of Larry and his homemade tomato juice. What do you bet he’ll be making your salsa next year with his bounty of tomatoes.
The USDA says 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.
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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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.
I read once you can freeze whole tomatoes and use them later.. me being lazy last year decided to do that with my abundance of garden tomatoes. Have you ever tried that? I’m wondering if I can pull them out and make this..?
Yum… I do love me some salsa! This is exactly my recipe except I do not use cumin or honey. I will definitely give this one a try!! Another recipe I’ve made is to throw fresh tomato, onion, jalapeno and garlic into the oven and allow them to roast until the onion is translucent… then toss those with the cilantro, lime juice, salt and pepper into the food processor, toss it into the fridge for a bit to get cold and PRESTO, delish!! The roasted veggies give the salsa a wonderful flavor. YUM, I must make some salsa soon. My tastebuds are dancing!! Thanks for sharing :o)
I was looking for a salsa recipe, but feel like i found a relative. My maiden name is Yeager and you are bald like my grandpa, dad and look a crazy amount like my bald brother. Did your family originate in Hungary? Santa Ana? Its not there anymore. Only respond if you are comfortable with this. Take care.
Most of the time it’s great, because I never get sick of any one particular recipe, but it kinda stinks, too, because there are a lot of recipes that I haven’t made in FOREVER (like this Easy Beef Lo Mein that Trevor requests at least once a month 😉 )
Broil two large Jalapenos and one large Serrano Chili until their skin begins to bubble and turn black. Slice off the stems and throw the ENTIRE chilies, seeds and all, into the blender (works best) or food processer.
My husband is a 2 jalapeno kind of guy, all ribs and seeds go in. He always threatens me to add a whole habanero pepper until I threaten him that I will touch his eyes with my jalapeno fingers, which reminds me… always, aLwAyS, ALWAYS wash your hands after handling a spicy pepper… it could cause great bodily harm to your eyes and skin. Trust me on this. One day, maybe.
I have been looking for a salsa recipe that I am able to can at home. D loves this stuff and eats it regularly. I https://great-salsa.com/category/canning/ a bit paranoid about teh botulism so I will be adding the hot water bath step. Thanks for sharing on Tout It Tuesday. Hope to see you tomorrow.
Place the tomatoes, onions and garlic on a baking sheet and roast for 15 minutes or just until the onions and tomatoes start to get a little char on them. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and let the tomatoes cool for about 5 minutes.
Thanks SO much for sharing this recipe! I loved it to so much because it is so easy to whip up right before I head in for a night shift. All the nurses in the ICU love it when I whip up a batch and bring it in.
The only sad thing about tomatoes is that they don’t last. A beautiful, ripe tomato will keep for a week at most before it goes bad. So when the frost comes and kills the plants, that’s the end of garden-fresh tomatoes until next year.
I’ve been making salsa for the past year. Just when I thought I got it down pat, I ran across your recipe. But because of your sense of humor and descriptive writing, I laughed until my eyes watered! You nailed it with every word! It was almost as if I had written your article myself! Because of that, I’ll be making your salsa tomorrow! Thanks for the recipe and for the laughter!
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.
Not sure what went wrong with my salsa.. followed recipe to a T and mine turned out an orangey color and pulsed on low for maybe 20-30 seconds & it’s very runny. Looks nothing like the photos and doesn’t taste like I hoped it would. 🙁
Hey Tiffany! Thanks for your response! Funny that you made the comment that you loved my attitude – I was in the hospital for 3.5 weeks & had a # of nurses who said to me they loved coming to my room because I knew their names & made them feel welcome when most patients ignored them! Attitude is everything! & nurses rock! Thanks to the good wishes & prayers of people like you & perseverance like our James said with the help of OT’s PT’s I have most of the use of my arm & hand back ( hallelujah!) & am walking w/a cane. Hope Rachael’s journey to a new home is quick & successful! Thanks!
Where have you been all my life. I love the fresh salsa that Bev makes but just care for the cooked stuff – Pace or otherwise. It looks like the quick processing keeps this more toward the fresh end – and the recipe sounds good as well.
I meant to measure too (even bought a scale) but forgot! 🙂 I think my recent batch that I produced 7 cups worth was about 12 lbs of tomatoes. If you do measure or count the tomatoes please let us know. Excited to plan ahead next year to make even more salsa!
The way my husband says you can tell about the peppers is if they’re ‘woody’ like with lines on them, brown lines – not bad, just lines, that means they’ve aged more and are really spicy. I don’t use those, I give them to him to eat raw. Sometimes they’re even too hot for him.