On adjusting the heat: You can use seeds in part or all of your jalapenos. Seeds add heat; I leave them in about half the peppers. That’s for “hot” salsa! Also, you can seek out hot peppers with more stripes or “cracks” if you like spicy, as they naturally carry a zing.
Turn your skillet into a Mexican comal, aka griddle, by slowly charring onions, garlic, and peppers in a dry skillet. We like to use this traditional dry char technique because it coaxes sweet, earthy flavors from the vegetables and gives them just a hint of smokiness.
I have the same complaint that you did, my salsa was too thin and too vinegary…I can’t wait to try your recipe…but will be a few months down the road since we just planted the main ingredient “tomatoes”…
The fantastic thing about a good basic salsa recipe is it’s easy and you can adjust it to your liking! You may also want to whip up a batch of Salsa From the Back of the Envelope and can that too! We eat super nachos all the time with our homemade salsas. Yummy stuff!
This amazing home-canned salsa really is thick and chunky, just like store bought salsa! it’s packed full of flavor, and doesn’t have a strong vinegar flavor so typical of home-canned salsas. One bite and you’ll never reach for Pace again!
Hi Patty. I have not personally had it tested, however, I took the original recipe from Better Homes and Gardens. I changed up the pepper mix, but left total pepper quantity the same. I added more salt, and added dried paprika. It is my understanding that the addition of dried spices/herbs doesn’t affect the overall acidity in canning, and neither does salt quantity. So, I am very comfortable with the safety of this recipe, and have been eating it for 3 years will ill effect.
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 I 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!
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That said, I’ll be canning salsa again this weekend and intend to fully enjoy the finished product! Try making your own sourdough tortilla chips via the instructions at the GNOWFGLINS eCourse on sourdough (yum!).
Very good Damn salsa! Want to switch it up and try this recipe a little different? I made this with no cumin and I substituted lime juice instead of lemon. It gives it a more authentic flavor. (I’m from the southwest) leave the cumin for the main dish. (Although very good) Call it The Best Damn Salsa With Lime!)
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
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.