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!
Sometime late September I made a batch of salsa using this recipe. It WAS the best salsa I’ve ever had. Like you said just the right balance of flavors and not too spicy. I have a jar to a friend and her guests loved it too. I don’t have much left so will make sure I make more next. The tomatoes I used were from my garden – two varieties plus some Roma tomatoes. It’s the mix of tomatoes that helps make this recipe so good. Thanks to you for making it available.
Hmm, I think I found myself a salsa recipe. 😀 This looks like the perfect recipe for me. Thank you for sharing and thanks for coming for today’s FF. I hope to see you next week for FF’s first anniversary. 🙂
This chunky salsa is great served atop our Steak Tacos. If you’re looking for the perfect app, cut a baguette into rounds and add a heaping tablespoon of Charred Salsa on top for a Tex-Mex take on bruschetta.
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!
Laurie…Would this be a recipe I could use with some peppers that are going to go bad soon? If so, and in general, about how long does this salsa keep? Have you ever frozen larger batches of it before? (Asking because I have quite a lot of peppers I need to use up in the next couple of days, and I LOVE chips and salsa!) Thanks!
Hi! Thank you for the recipe, I’m very excited to make it. I was wondering, how long is the shelf life? Also, if there sitting on the shelf for more than a month will it drastically change its flavor?
Made my second batch today. First batch was a just over a week ago and yielded 8 jars. It was quickly apparent this was not enough!! lol Family is raving about this recipe. I didn’t add the sugar either time, don’t miss it. I used the jalepenos with all the seeds and membranes the first time. Quite spicy but not unbearable. This time around, I used the seeds and membranes from 3 of 5 of the jalepenos (per batch; I doubled the recipe this time, hoping to keep some in the house for more than a couple of weeks.) It’s perfect to my taste.. probably a medium to hot level compared to store bought. My family doesn’t like chunky salsa so I threw the tomatoes in the food processor for a couple of pulses, and used the food processor for the peppers, and onions. SUCH a great tasting recipe. All I hear are complaints that we keep running out of nacho chips 😉 Thanks for sharing!!
For me and my home-grown peppers, Virginia, every year is different! Seasons where we have a lot of hot weather will make the peppers hotter and visa versa. But you can control the heat by adding less jalapenos – or leaving them out entirely and replacing them with sweet peppers.
“There are tons of salsas out there, but I haven’t found one exactly like mine. (I don’t like the taste of lime or lemon juice. It’s similar to pico de gallo I guess.) Do yourself a favor and find authentic Mexican chips from a local restaurant to go with this! Can’t beat the taste. 🙂 Can spice this up if you want, I do this for my bf, just add some cayenne to the mix! I love this so much cod salsa recipe can eat half the bowl in one sitting!!”
Finally!! A thick salsa! I found this recipe while searching the web I tried this & its perfection along with tasty. For those wonder why to use cumin seeds instead of the already ground cumin it really does make a difference. Toast in a dry pan & when you can smell it it’s ready to be ground up. aroma is awesome. I have finally found the salsa recipe that is a keeper. Thank you so much for your awesome pictures there was no guessing where I was at in the process of making this.Thanks again
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!
Either works equally well. The salsa mix for canning has the advantage of being tested and easy. It’s basically corn starch, onion powder, salt and seasoning. It doesn’t have any preservative to improve the canning, so the advantage is only that it is easier. However, I like my custom-made from fresh seasonings better, so here is the recipe for that:
The directions with this salsa recipe state: Process 35 minutes. Now that I’ve updated yesterday’s canning tomatoes post with correct, safe information (you should check it out for sure), I would recommend finding a board-approved salsa recipe online and using their processing times. For me, I’m going to process 35 minutes for pints and 40 for quarts and call it good, but I’m crazy like that.
This recipe uses specific amounts of ingredients, balancing the non-acidic ingredients with the amount of added acid needed to make the recipe safe. Do not increase the amount of green chiles beyond 1 1/2 cups, or decrease the amount of tomatoes less than 7 cups.
I would imagine it could be canned but keep in mind I have no experience with canning so I am really just making a guess. You will have to check with a more reliable source that knows about canning tomatoes. It does freeze very well though. Sorry I couldn’t be of more help.
Pepper varieties can be mixed and matched in this recipe, but do not change total amount of peppers. The recipe as written produces a medium-hot salsa. Use more hot peppers and fewer mild peppers for a fierier salsa. Some examples of mild peppers include bell, banana, and Anaheim. Hot peppers include habanero, jalapeño, and Serrano. Do not change the total amount of peppers or the recipe may not be safe for canning.
Thanks for trying the recipe and I’m glad it came out great for you and you’re hooked. And now you have something to tide you over in between your twice annual Mexican restaurant that’s 4 states away!
My brother made this for thanksgiving for a potluck. I have canned many salsas over the years, and this was the best I’ve ever had. Thank goodness the weather is cooperating in southern Ontario and romas are still very plentiful for picking. I will be making my own batch tonight. Thanks for the great recipe
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.
And you did it all alone? You are amazing! Years ago an aunt and I used to make our own chili sauce…we made pots and pots of it, but did it together. It was such fun and that chili sauce was sooooo good.
This is my favorite salsa recipe! Thank you for sharing it. I has to substitute half lemon half lime today. That should be ok, right? Also, I doubled the batch and got 13 1/2 pints. Last year I also had extra than what the recipe called for. I weigh and measure everything precisely. I notice that after I strain the tomatoes and boil/simmer them that the consistency is still watery. Should I just squeeze the tomatoes after staining? This still should be ok to eat even though it made more?
Hello! Do you have a homemade canned spaghetti sauce recipe that you could share? I have made varying sauces throughout the years and have not found one that I love! If I were to buy a sauce in the store I would prefer Prego over any others, so that is the type of sauce I would like to can. Any ideas? Thanks!
Freezing them first shouldn’t make any difference. In fact, I read yesterday that you can peel ‘maters by freezing first, then put them in a sink of warm water. Peels are supposed to all but drop off. Haven’t tried it myself, but do have tomatoes in the freezer! I’m thinking they’re going to be mushy, but it’s salsa-who cares!
A note from Tiffany: This is a post from contributing writer, Rachael. It’s been a while since she’s had a recipe post for us, but she is the one who puts everything together for the Traditional version of the Weekly Meal Plans. Rachael and her family lost their home to fire on Saturday. Thankfully, they are all safe. Please keep Rachael, her husband and their two little ones in your prayers. They are hanging on to this verse. “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
“This recipe is so close to the Salsa served at Pappasitos that you will swear you are there. Every time I serve this people ask for the recipe. Best part is that it is so easy and doesn’t require fresh tomatoes so it works all winter.”
Once the salsa is blended, you are going to fry it in 2 tablespoons of hot cooking oil. To fry it you just pour it into the hot oil. This step is important to develop the flavor of the salsa and helps bind it. Don’t skip it.
Fill your large saucepot with water and bring it to a boil. Then place a few (4 or 5) tomatoes in the water at a time. Start your timer, and leave them in for about 45 seconds. Then, immediately transfer them over to a bowl of ice water. After they’ve cooled (just a few seconds), the skins will slide right off.
I have now made 61!jars of salsa and not sure it will get us through til next summers tomatoes! For the past month my family is eating 2 jars a week, and would eat it daily if I didn’t ration it! I got some extra tomatoes this week that I was going to just quarter and can, but made the last 13 jars instead since they love it so much! I usually share my canning with friends but they won’t get much of this!I highly recommend this recipe. We like the addition of bell peppers!
This chunky, smoky salsa tastes amazing with tortilla chips. Roasted tomatoes, garlic, onion and jalapeno are blended with cilantro and cumin to create one of the tastiest and easiest Mexican-inspired recipes you’ll ever try.
Once you ladle the salsa into the jars, place the lids and the bands on the jars and tighten with your hand. Once you have the lids on tight, place the jars into the water bath to process for 15 minutes. The bands keep the lids on place while the boiling water creates a pressure difference that actually seals the lids on the jars. Allow the sealed jars of salsa to cool and sit overnight. You can then take off the bands (leaving on the lids) and store the sealed jars of salsa on your pantry until you’re ready to open them up and eat them.