@Carl. My wife is Mexican and I’ve traveled there many times; particularly the state of Michoacán where she’s from. In Mexico, the sauce that you make is called a “Salsa Cruda” (Raw Sauce). It is perfectly fine to make it without frying/simmering since it’s just one of the MANY ways to make a sauce in the Mexican kitchen. I must say that adding cumin to a sauce is more typical of Tex Mex than the authentic Mexican style sauce. Also, lime is only added to something such as pico de gallo. Salsa verde is another sauce that made by cooking tomatillos, jalapeños and a couple garlic cloves in slightly boiling water for about 10 min. Once the tomatillos are cooked, you add them with a little bit of the cooking water, the chilies, garlic, a piece of white onion, cilantro and salt to a food processor. This is carefully processed due to the hot liquid. Tomatillos can be pretty acidic so a pinch of sugar can be added to counter that. I’ve been in a ranch in Michoacán where they cooked a goat over a wood fire. I saw them make the “birria” (typical Mexican sauce for roasted meats) over the same wood fire. It picked up the smoke taste and I’ll tell you, it was the best BBQ goat that I EVER had!
A large garden harvest can give you many batches of salsa. Why not set some aside in fancyjars for gifts? Salsa is very easy to can. It can sit on your shelf all year and be handy for a quick gift for a family member, friend or coworker.
I made 15 quarts of this salsa last weekend. Just opened it today and it is AMAZINGLY good. I followed the recipe exactly and and I it is somewhere between mild and medium. It is not hot. Perfect consistency and flavor. Now that I know how perfect it is, I have to make more while I still have tomatoes from the garden!
Sometimes, during the summer, our tomato plants decide to have a party on the vine, so to speak, and produce way more tomatoes than we can possibly eat, even if we are eating them every day, sliced, salted, and served with a little balsamic or mayo.
While you can go that route, I find that it yields a watery, flavorless salsa, and I’m obviously not down for that. So, instead, I tested multiple canned-tomato varieties as a base and found fire-roasted tomatoes to be the best fit!
Good question Nancy. You will have better results using fresh tomatoes instead of canned. The canned tomatoes may not hold their texture well and not produce a thick and chunky salsa texture. You can use store bought Roma tomatoes instead of fresh garden tomatoes. They won’t taste as good of course, but will still do the trick.
This basic recipe for fresh, homemade salsa is a great place to start, but let your garden (and your taste buds) be your guide. Whether it’s corn, cucumbers or even roasted root vegetables, salsa is the great equalizer.
Pair our recipe for Watermelon-Mango Salsa with Crunchy Jerk Tacos, or serve with a hearty pita chip for dipping. We love this refreshing salsa anytime of year, but it’s especially suited for summertime picnics and get-togethers. Friends and family will rave over the fresh, tropical flavors with just the right amount of kick.
Add the onion, jalapeño and garlic to your food processor and pulse 2-3 times until roughly chopped but not liquid. Dump in the remaining ingredients and pulse a couple of times. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary. Serve with tortilla chips.
2 Dice or pulse a few times in food processor: Place all of the ingredients in a food processor. Pulse only a few times, just enough to finely dice the ingredients, not enough to purée. If you don’t have a food processor, you can finely dice by hand.
I prefer to refrigerate salsa for 1 day prior to serving to allow the flavors to marry and meld. Salsa will keep for about 1 week in an airtight container or jar in the fridge; however, it’s never lasted that long in this household.
You are most welcome Sarah. Glad you and your family like the salsa. I too have used my Cuisinart to save time and labor. I just did small amounts at a time and quick little pulses to try to make larger chunks. Worked OK but nothing beats a manual knife. Anyway, thanks for the comment. Happy eating!
Preserving your own garden produce is so exciting, and makes sense financially, if you go for the long view. The initial investment pays for itself if you use the equipment. There is no way to truly value the creative recipes you can put onto your pantry shelves, or the amazing flavor and nutrient value of home canned recipes.
I’m glad you asked Patty. I’m not a registered food safety expert, so it’s probably best to check with your local canning extension office regarding the safety of your salsa. However, I can say that it is very important when making home canned salsas to keep your vegetable to acid ratio the same as what the tested/verified recipe calls for. If you didn’t weigh your tomatoes, and ended up with 14 pints instead of 10, there’s a chance the acid ratio is off. However, by adding pineapple and the pineapple juice, you added additional acid to your batch so you may be just fine. Additionally, home-grown tomatoes typically have higher acid content than store bought, but it varies by breed. If in doubt, just freeze your jars of salsa until ready to use.
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.
1 tablespoon sugar (optional – you use Stevia (in a prepared form like Truvia, it measures same as sugar; if you use another form, you’ll need do your own conversion) – or Splenda, if you prefer, if you are on a sugar-restricted diet, or simply omit the sugar)
This flavorful salsa is almost too pretty to eat. Fresh peaches, tomatoes, and watermelon are tossed in a mixture of pepper jelly, and lime juice for the ultimate summer dish. This recipe is hearty enough to serve alone, or spoon it over your favorite grilled chicken or fish recipe for a quick and easy mealtime stunner.
I made this recipe all with ingredients from our garden and it was great! I did hold off some of my chopped veggies to the side and after pulsating in the blender I added them afterward for the chunkiness, worked perfectly. I did notice it is still a bit runny so next time I think I may try and strain a few of the tomatoes first
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!
I am tasting this before it goes into the jars for the water bath. It tastes sweet? The tomatoes are a cross between roma and regular red tomatoes. Everything is garden fresh, any ideas of why it is tasting so sweet?
9 Boil in a water bath: Place the filled and lidded jars back onto the rack in the large stock-pot of hot water you used to sterilize the jars in step one. You may need to remove some of the water from the pot to prevent it from overfilling.
“I grow a wide variety of tomatoes and hot peppers in my garden every year for the sole purpose of making this recipe. The measurements aren’t exact, i.e. I use the eyeball/taste test method of cooking, but it always comes out great even if it is a little different each time.”
Work does tend to get in the way of gardening, doesn’t it? I have salsa issues in my garden. When my cilantro is prime, my tomatoes are just beginning to flower. By the time I have tomatoes, my cilantro has all dried up. I think I’ll try late planting cilantro this year to see if I can synchronize them. So many plans, so little space, so little time.
Cool, thanks Terri. It is a winner recipe for sure. You can use citric acid instead, but I’m not of the ratio. Keep in mind that the lime juice doublse as a flavor component. I prefer fresh squeezed for that, but do what you prefer or have on hand. The thick and chunky part will stay the same regardless. Hope you enjoy!
From a flavor perspective, pineapple juice would work fine. However, when canning, the lime juice is for added acidity, required for safe long term storage. I don’t know how the acidity levels in pineapple juice and lime compare, but if they are the same, you should be good. Lemon juice is an equal alternative to lime, so you could try that instead. Hope that helps!
This is fantastic! It took me the better part of the day after shopping for ingredients, and it was worth every effort. I love thick salsa and this recipe is a winner. Thanks for making this available on your site.
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
Hi Erin. I believe Romero peppers are real sweet, aren’t they? Aneheims are more like a mildly spicy green bell pepper. The Romeros will probably be just fine, but will make the salsa a little sweeter, which may not be a bad thing. A closer substitute would probably be poblano peppers or yellow wax/hungarian peppers. But the nice thing about salsa is that you can use any peppers you like….just keep the quantity measurements the same when canning.
You’ll love the fresh ingredients and bright flavor in our Tomatillo Salsa. Serve it as a topper for Chicken Enchiladas or as a tasty appetizer with tortilla chips. Feel free to cut down on the heat by using just half of the jalapeño pepper the recipe calls for. Likewise, if you’re a fan of spice, feel free to add more.
A-mazing! We moved to southern Italy and there is no salsa down here! I grew cilantro and as soon as it was ready to harvest, I tried the recipe. I made only half a batch since the peppers are different. I used roasted bell peppers and a very spicy paprika. I plan on making more and next year, I will plant anaheim and jalapeño peppers. But for now, we have salsa!!!!
Wipe rims of jars then put lids on. Screw the canning rings on using your 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.)