Thursday, August 28, 2014

Homemade Salsa!

I like chips, but this salsa is so yummy, I could really just have a spoon and be happy to eat it alone. And it's a good thing it's so delicious, because along with my neighbor, I canned 26 quarts of it. ¡Olé!

This is my family's "go-to" salsa.  It has qualities the whole family consistently enjoys--lots of flavor, not too much heat.  My neighbor and I originally started out canning with this recipe from We made some changes through trial and error, and we have been thrilled with the final product!

This recipe can be pared down to make much less. You can even skip cooking and canning and just have a yummy fresh salsa. You'd better believe we tasted it before we cooked it, and it was GOOD!

Here's the recipe:

Homemade Salsa
makes 6-7 quarts

15 cups chopped tomatoes (I prefer Romas because they are less juicy)
5 cups chopped sweet yellow onions
5 cups chopped green bell peppers
1 1/2 - 2 cups chopped and seeded jalapeno peppers (see my post: De-Seed Jalapenos the Easy Way for help)
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
5 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 cups apple-cider vinegar
2 1/2 teaspoons salt
9 oz tomato paste

1. If you are canning, prepare cans and lids. Have a water-bath ready.
2. Mix all ingredients except tomato paste in a large pot. Heat on medium heat until boiling. Simmer uncovered 15-30 minutes, until close to desired thickness. 
3. Stir in tomato paste. 
4. Fill jars for canning leaving 1/4 inch of head space. Wipe rims, place sanitized lids and screw on rings to finger-tight. Place in boiling water-bath and process 15 minutes. 
5. If you are not canning, just mix all ingredients and refrigerate until ready to serve. Mmm, mmm.

My neighbor took this picture of it as it was cooking down on the stove. I love all the pretty shades of red and green! 

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  1. I love salsa. I should really start making my own. I'm pinning this recipe.

  2. send me your will find me sitting on the doorstep!!!

  3. This is one of the few recipes that I see bell peppers in for salsa. True story - my son's class had a salsa challenge and it was the first time I made salsa. I used bell pepper and cooked some of the salsa on the stove and added fresh ingredients too and he Thanks for sharing on Merry Monday.

  4. Home made salsa is so much nicer than anything you can buy in the shops. This one looks full of flavour and I could seriously dip my chips in there!

    Thanks for sharing at Marvelous Monday on Smart Party Planning.

  5. This is just what I have been looking for! Thanks for linking at Saturday Dishes! I will be featuring your recipe this weekend at Saturday Dishes!

    1. Thank you, Lisa! I look forward to the feature, and I will be sure to share the party on my social media pages!