Dana, this recipe is amazing! Tastes better than the Lone Star restaurant chips and salsa we love and half the price! So easy to make too. Those fire roasted tomatoes really made the dish. Any Canadians here – you can find Alymer fire roasted tomatoes at Loblaws/Zehrs
Thanks for the tip. I have planted 36 roma tomato plants and many pepper plants. My family and friends are looking forward to salsa again this year. I plan on making this great recipe again. Many thanks. Lillian
There always a debate as to which kinds of tomatoes are the best for making salsa. The answer is simply this: The best tomatoes are ripe tomatoes. Whichever ones you can find that have the most flavor. If they happen to have a higher water content, that’s fine. We’ll drain them.
Cook the salsa until it’s nice and hot (boiling), and then follow the instructions I posted yesterday for canning tomatoes (it’s important to clean and fill jars correctly if you’ve not canned before!). If it seems too juicy, you can always boil off some of the water.
Wipe rims of jars then put lids on. Screw the canning rings on using fingertips (not your entire hand) until it’s tight. (This will get it to the correct tight fit; using your entire hand will make it too tight.)
Joshua and Gloria, expats living in Peru, still have a powerful connection with Mexico. Gloria, who was born in the United States to parents of Mexican descent, prepares family recipes passed down from generation to generation.
For many years I had in-laws from Mexico – great cooks – and also a live-in housekeeper from there. The latter also cooked for us. Salsa fresca aka pico de gallo is intended to be just that. Fresh. It is not intended to be hot. The chiles add a little pop, but are not supposed to prevail. Think of it as a piquant fresh vegetable chutney.
I also believe that roasting your tomatoes and onions gives the salsa a complexity of flavor. I prefer to roast my own tomatoes rather than buy canned roasted tomatoes. It literally only takes minutes. I like to roast the tomatoes just until they start to slightly char. I did choose canned diced chilies in this recipe only because I wanted a milder salsa with a hint of smokiness, but if you want a spicier salsa, leave out the diced chiles and roast a couple of jalapeños along with the tomatoes. Or you can even use both, totally up to you. Keep in mind though that jalapeños can range wildly in heat level, so I would try them before adding them to the salsa.
Amazing salsa! I took this to work and even my mexican co-workers loved it! 5 people asked for the recipe..I was the salsa queen for the day! I kept the sugar in, added 1/2 teaspoon of cumin, 1/2 t. salt, used the juice of 4 small limes and omitted the chilis. YUM!!
The tomatoes are coming in fast and furious and we know the dangers of frosty nights are just around the corner. Sadly, there’s only so much fresh salsa we can eat at any given time – it’s time to squirrel some of that spicy chip enhancer away for the winter months.
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.
Salsa disappears fast around our place. We buy the huge bags of Costco Organic Tortilla chips occasionally. It’s not hard to sit down and gorge oneself on a bunch of those crisp chips dipped into this spicy salsa. If dinner gets too late those chips and a bowl of salsa go really fast!
Haha! I can totally relate to that. This last Summer I canned up a STORM. It was my first time canning and even though I was excited about all of the jars full of different goodies, I was kind of nervous about actually eating and of it! So, in a streak of paranoia, I had my husband consult a colleague of his who is a pathologist. I figured since he is an expert on germs he ought to know about the safety of eating canned goods. The pathologist said that as long as the lid hasn’t popped it’s completely safe and he wouldn’t hesitate to eat it or feed it to his own kids. That made me feel a whole lot better 🙂 We’ve been enjoying all the jams, relishes, pickles, apple sauce, and salsas since and…we’re still breathing! Go for it, Tori!
Serve this citrusy salsa with chips, or spoon it atop sautéed chicken breast or fish. If you want to make the salsa ahead, omit the cilantro and avocado, and stir them in just before serving. If you find blood oranges, substitute them for regular oranges for color.
Pour 1 can of tomatoes into a blender, and add the jalapeno pepper, onion, cilantro leaves, lemon juice, and salt. Blend until fairly smooth. Pour in the second can of tomatoes and blend briefly. Adjust seasonings to taste by adding more lemon juice and salt. Let the salsa rest for 1/2 hour before serving to allow the flavors to blend.