Don’t be fooled: Strawberries are the star here. But, throw in cool and creamy avocado, crunchy baby radishes, lime juice, and cilantro and you’ll have a brand new favorite salsa that will leave everyone at the party asking for the recipe. Serve over our Grilled Chicken Cutlets at dinnertime or with hearty pita chips when you’re looking for the perfect appetizer.
I made this recipe over the weekend – my first attempt at salsa. It’s fantastic. I ended up using green peppers because that’s what I had in my garden. The half-pint that I didn’t process starts with a mild sweet taste, followed by the pepper kick. Thanks for sharing this, along with easy steps to follow.
“This amazing salsa recipe is a family favorite, shared by my sister-in-law Rosanna. Great for those summer-fresh veggies! Wear gloves to avoid ‘burns’ from chopping peppers! ENJOY! Fabulous to add in some fresh cilantro and oregano also!”
We have been looking for a good salsa recipe for years. Have tried several, but none can compare to this one. This salsa is incredible…simply the best blend of flavors! I’ve made two batches and plan to make another. My whole family loves it! Thanks for posting!
going to make my first batch tonight of this. My kids eat salsa and chips like its the best in the world. From all the reviews I saw, sounds like a winner. I wanted to spice the heat up, but wife said no! maybe will do my own batch since i like fire. will let you know how it turns out.
A great recipe – thank you so much! A suggestion though – we did the chopping of garlic, onions, peppers, juiced the limes, and toasted/ground the cumin the night before. We put them in fridge but let them come back to room temp before we added them to the tomatoes. It didn’t seem so overwhelming the day of canning. Such a blessing to find this recipe. Thanks again!
This is easy and fresh—spin it Italian by using EVOO and RedWine or BalsamicVinegar and Lots of Fresh Basil replacing the cilantro for Bruschestta or spin it Mid Easterrn adding Cukes, Mint and Dill with Toasted Pitas.–Watch the oil and skip the sugar– this is meant to be light! Summer tomatoes RULE!
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…)
For many years I had in-laws from Mexico – great cooks – and also a live-in housekeeper from there. The latter also cooked for us. Salsa fresca aka pico de gallo is intended to be just that. Fresh. It is not intended to be hot. The chiles add a little pop, but are not supposed to prevail. Think of it as a piquant fresh vegetable chutney.
Hi Terry, I think it would work if you are using saucing type tomatoes like Romas. I added the paste because my tomatoes (Arbason variety) were actually very juicy. I needed the paste to firm up the salsa. That said. If you don’t mind taking the time to cook the recipe down until the consistency is as you prefer, even juicy tomatoes can work.Or add more peppers 🙂 Eliminating the vinegar reduces the juice somewhat. Let me know how it goes for you. I’d love to know how it comes out. Have a great day!
Also, for those who are too lazy to put on gloves to cut chile peppers, you can always use a fork and knife, as if you were cutting them to eat them. That’s how they do it in Mexico. Just a note: they don’t even cut them with their bare hands down there, so don’t try it at home!
10 Let jars cool, lids should pop: Remove jars from the water bath and let sit on a counter for several hours until completely cool. The lids should “pop” as the cooling salsa creates a vacuum under the lid and the jars are sealed.
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Whether you’re looking for a tasty accompaniment for your baked chicken or grilled shrimp or planning a glorious Cinco de Mayo menu, easy salsa recipes are must-haves. (As a bonus, many of our easy salsa recipes also happen to be Healthy Living recipes!) Learn more about many of the star ingredients featured in our easy salsa recipes—like peaches, mangos, tomatoes and corn—by checking out our seasonal primer.
If you are going to grill or broil the tomatoes, I recommend coring them first. Grilling is best with whole plum tomatoes; grill them on high direct heat until blackened in parts and the peels are cracked.
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Add all ingredients to the bowl of a food processor. Pulse about 10 or so times and until all ingredients are combined and diced, but be sure to stop before the salsa becomes too soupy. Transfer to a bowl and enjoy! Keeps well in a covered container and in the fridge for about a week.
What to do with your bumper crop of tomatoes and peppers? Your garden is a great resource for gifting. Make this delicious Fresh Tomato salsa to can! Full of perfectly ripe tomatoes, peppers and onions, blended with spices you can control according to your own preferences. Home canned salsa makes a wonderful family pantry staple or food gift for your family, office and friends.
Ladle hot salsa into prepared jars, leaving a 1/2 inch of headspace. Prepare the lids according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Wipe the rims, apply lids and rings process in a water bath canner for 20 mins with 500 ml/pints at altitudes up to 1000 ft
Use Pulse :I make this in my blender but you can also make this with a food processor if you prefer, just simply pulse to reach desired consistency. It only take sa few seconds and you don’t want to make it too runny!
Editor’s note: Chef Roberto Santibañez, the chef/owner of Fonda in Brooklyn, New York shared this recipe as part of a festive taco party menu he created for Epicurious. He recommends serving this salsa with his Carnitas or Carne Adobada Tacos .
This salsa is a perfect summer snack! For ease, I don’t worry about seeding the tomatoes and pulse the ingredients in the food processor; if my family deems it too “juicy,” we strain off a bit of the liquid and then add the lime juice.
If it makes you feel any better, I’m a wannabe gardener as well. I have 10 garden beds, and almost all of them are doing *terribly* this year. I have a gazillion tomatoes and loads of basil, which is excellent, but not a cucumber or melon or bean in site. And peppers! Who are we kidding? No peppers. 🙁 So, you’re not alone. 🙂
This healthy take on the traditional chips-and-salsa combo is nearly fat-free and super-refreshing. The antioxidant-rich salsa is delicious served right after it’s made, but the flavors meld nicely after a day or two in the refrigerator.
I love this recipe because it is hearty and made from all fresh ingredients. We’ve all devoured it this week, including Hailey. If I wasn’t planning on sharing with her, I would have added another jalapeno to kick up the spice factor, which you may want to consider doing.
I did not peel them, but after food processing I didn’t think the peels were a problem. The farmer I purchased the Romas from cringed when I said I didn’t peel them. “Unsightly” he said. I don’t mind!
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. 😉
Yep, my husband and I know the best and worst Mexican restaurants to go to for the chips and salsa. After all, chips and salsa make the meal! I always over-indulge on them at Mexican restaurants, but it’s the best part. I love your homemade salsa, Blair! I could see myself devouring this ALL in no time. Looks so good!
Back again today, triple batch with 24lbs of Green Zebra tomatoes. Got a little lazy about this batch and accidentally discovered that leaving the cut tomatoes covered and draining in the fridge overnight seems to eliminate the need for a cookdown. I’m not even sure I’m going to add the tomato paste to this batch. Also, under cover of “taste tests,” I’ve pretty much managed to have salsa for breakfast this morning. That’s health food, right?
Paste tomatoes, such as Roma, San Marzano, and Amish Paste, have a firm flesh and will produce a nice thick salsa. Slicing tomatoes can also be used, but they are more watery. Both paste and slicing tomatoes are safe to use for making salsa, but I recommend using paste tomatoes for a denser salsa.
I tripled the recipe and added 1/4 c. extra sugar and ended up with 21 pints. You can use quarts instead, but refrigerate after opening. We like pints because we eat the whole thing at once. The entire jar is only 120 calories. Less if you use Splenda.
Prepare a boiling water bath and 4 regular-mouth pint/500ml jars. Place lids in a small saucepan, cover them with water and simmer over very low heat. Prepare jars and lids to manufacturers instructions. Need a water bath canner? We bought this set* and it’s perfect for beginners! (*Amazon affiliate link).
The USDA says the only change you can safely make in this salsa recipe is to change the amount of spices and herbs. Do not alter the proportions of vegetables to acid and tomatoes because it might make the salsa unsafe. Do not substitute vinegar for the lemon juice.