Fresh, juicy fruit (like mango) is the perfect addition to any salsa recipe. This easy-to-make version combines mango with bell pepper and then freshens the salsa up with a squeeze of lime juice and fresh cilantro.
Just like it sounds: wash your hands then squeeze each tomato and use your finger or a spoon to scoop and shake out most of the seeds. You don’t need to get fanatical about it; removing just most will do. Another way to do it is to cut each tomato in half, across it, instead of lengthwise. Then just shake the seeds and juice out.
Either works equally well. The salsa mix for canning has 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:
Now, I have had quite a few salsas that are wonderful. Some are sweet and some are spicy and some are more eclectic (the mango/pineapple salsas, tomatillo, green tomato, etc.). I just love salsa, and there are many salsa recipes that I have enjoyed.
Love this recipe! I canned some last year and saved the recipe. Making some right now in fact! My husband said that this salsa has ruined him for all other salsa’s! He’s not a picky eater but he knows what he likes and he loves this! So good. I think the cumin and chili powder add a lot! I didn’t use clear jell b/c I didn’t have any but I did like the other reviewer and just simmer the tomotoes longer and it thickened right up. Love this recipe…thank you!!!!
I really think the best part of going to a Mexican restaurant is the chips and salsa they serve you when you sit down. It doesn’t hurt that it’s usually paired with a margarita and great friends… but really, there is something about that delicious restaurant style salsa!
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This is AWESOME! I have been making salsa for 20 years and this is by far the best I have ever made. I used lemon juice in stead of lime juice it is great. I grew my own peppers and tomatoes. Thank you thank you.
I like to keep a big jar of the homemade salsa in my refrigerator for up to a week. I serve the chips and salsa with quick weeknight dinners like quesadillas or tacos, and Keith loves them as a side with his sandwiches at lunch. The kids even dip veggies in the salsa for afternoon snacks. I’m not exaggerating when I say that this is truly a kitchen staple — whether we’re hosting a party or not!
And for those of you wondering, can you use canned tomatoes? Yes. I have used fire-roasted canned, too, to supplement the tomatoes I had on hand. I just add the canned at the end of cooking down my fresh tomatoes. I even made a batch with all my left over tomatoes from saucers, beefsteaks, cherries…I throw into a food processor with skins on. We like it with all the bits of skins, too. Cuts down the time by a lot for making big batches like me!
Hi Tina. Good question. I don’t know about cornstarch and what that would do from a canning perspective. Older cans of tomato paste often do get a metallic taste from the can, but new/fresh cans usually do not in my experience if that helps at all.
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The addition of olives makes this salsa a little different from other varieties. You can seed the jalapeno peppers if desired. But if you family likes salsa with some “heat”, leave them in.—Sharon Lucas, Raymore, Missouri
“My husband and I love fresh salsa, so we decided to try making our own. We just started by adding ingredients, till it tasted the way we wanted. Since then, we have been growing a SALSA GARDEN in the backyard, so we can enjoy our homemade salsa all summer long!!”
“Salsas are usually mixtures of acid and low-acid ingredients; they are an example of an acidified food. The specific recipe, and sometimes preparation method, will determine if a salsa can be processed in a boiling water canner or a pressure canner. A process must be scientifically determined for each recipe. ”
Ok. I made the salsa yesterday and threw a jar into the fridge due to an improper seal. I spooned some of the salsa onto my avocado and eggs tonight, and it was divine. I had told myself just one day spent on making salsa, but I may make it two:)
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. 😉
I made it tonight…tried some off the spoon ….pretty tasty…I added some Serrano peppers and more jalapeños to make it more spicy…hands are burning but my mouth is watering….thanks…used tomatoes from my garden
An easy way to always have salsa on hand – no canning required. You control the heat by changing the type and amount of hot peppers. The 8 jalapeno’s called for in this recipe keep things sane. Introduce some cayenne peppers to increase the heat, some chipotle peppers for smoky tones and some habaneros, scotch bonnets or ghost peppers for insane heat. What’s your preference?
I can’t wait to try this recipe but was wanting to use lime instead of the vinegar. I saw an earlier post stating to use bottled lime juice and not fresh. Is it 1/2 cup of lime juice as well? In researching pH’s, it looks like lime juice is ever more acidic than vinegar. So I’m assuming that it would be at least 1/2 cup then add to taste?
Prep your tomatoes by blanching them a bit first. Then put them in ice-cold water before peeling. The peels should loosen from the tomatoes. Much easier to peel tomatoes this way. Just don’t Cook the tomatoes. Keep an eye on them. If they overcook you will get mush and tomato juice.
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I to use Roma tomatoes during the winter months. I agree those little can get expensive. We have a vegetable garden in the summer months and by July we are in tomato overload 🙂 Love the roasting idea!
Thanks Cheryl. Glad you loved the salsa. Like you said, the recipe is pretty mild, but that way it’s a safe bet for all. I tend to add more jalapeños myself too, but the baseline recipe is a winner. Thanks for the comment. Come back again and try some other Bald Gourmet treats.
As far as the salsa goes, you do not need to add the honey if you want to leave that out. The sweetness helps to cut the acidity of the tomatoes a little bit, but it’s not necessary (especially if you’re using sweet tomatoes)! 🙂
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.
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This salsa is a good basic formula, but feel free to go with your gut. I like a tangy salsa with a lot of lime, but maybe you’ll only use half as much. I like a good strong onion flavour in here, but you may want less. Hot peppers like jalapeño can be hot or not-so-hot, so taste before you throw it in. I always add in extra hot sauce – from sriracha, to a spicy habanero sauce to good ol’ Frank’s Red Hot – it’s all gonna be tasty.
Strangeaslife, the acidity of lemon juice lifts and freshens the flavor of the salsa. If you’re going to can the salsa, it also increases the acidity level which is important for safe canning. Thank you for taking the time to comment.
To keep the corn from drying out on the grill, soak the ears in water first. You can grill the corn and bell peppers at the same time, but check the peppers earlier, since they cook faster. The salsa is great as an appetizer or as a topping for grilled meats, fish, or poultry.
ahh makes sense.. It eventually settled down but was very bubbly.. I also just used cherry tomatoes straight from the container, rather than roughly chopping them. I feel that may play a part as well! Either way it is DELISH!
The name says it all about this superb tomato – the Fresh Salsa tomato is ideal for making homemade salsa. These tomatoes can be chopped into tiny cubes and still remain firm and solid. It’s all meat and ideal for making salsa, bruschettas, and very light Italian sauces.