When the salsa is done, you can just take the easy route and store it in the freezer. But if you have the time and the equipment, canning it works even better. It’s more work, for sure. But when you open up a jar on a cold, gray January day and that tomato aroma comes rolling out just like the smell of summertime, you’ll be so glad you made the effort.
This is a good basic fresh salsa recipe and I keep the tomato juice out by using roma tomatoes as they are easy to seed and you have less juice to contend with. I like using the Serrano pepper for a little different flavor, and use chopped green onions when I have them. This is an easy recipe to alter for your own specific taste.
Why bottled lemon or lime juice? Bottled juice is uniformly acidic, something that’s important for food safety. Foods like salsa that are canned in a water bath do not reach the temperature of pressure-canned foods, and thus rely on things like lemon or lime juice (or vinegar) to raise the acidity to a level that prevents the growth of botulism. So do NOT skip this ingredient!
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.
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!
Warning: Salsa is proven to be addictive, and once you’ve had fresh, its hard to go back to that stuff they sell in the grocery store. Seriously though, use caution when you are handling the peppers, especially the hotter varieties, as the heat stays on your fingers, and could irritate your eyes or nose or other sensitive areas that you might inadvertently scratch for the next few hours after you are done in the kitchen.
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.
I always make salsa as an afterthought and, as you said above, using fresh tomatoes always leaves a watery texture; it’s something I’ve always just shrugged off as a normal salsa “thing”. But with fire roasted tomatoes… Yes! Tomatoes are out of season here at the moment, but I may just try it with red bell peppers as a substitute!
Just tried this salsa recipe tonight. First time making salsa actually. If I had known how easy it was and good it turn out, I should have made some much sooner. Thanks for the recipe. This is definitely a keeper.
Sorry to hear that Jim. I don’t know what to tell you. You’re the first that I’ve heard with this issue. Did you use fresh squeezed limes or bottled lime juice? Bottled is more intense. Anyway, at 1/2 cup of fresh lime juice the flavor should be present but not overbearing. You can replace the lime juice with vinegar in the future if you’d like.
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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I have now made 61!jars of salsa and 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!
Q. Do you know how long that will be good for once it is canned? All your other recipes have expiration dates – well, at date ranges. I’m trying to be careful with the labelling so I don’t have problems in March like, ‘Was this bottled last year or three years ago?’ (I’m ashamed to say, it has happened…)
I will now be using your fire-roasted tomatoes tip…I have used the unnamed chili-cilantro sauce as a starter for years, always adding fresh tomatoes and lots of cumin, lime juice and roasted fresh red or yellow pepper. But your recipe allows me to make great salsa all year round – thank you so much!