Total Time
Prep 2 hrs
Cook 96 hrs

We love tomatoes! Every year, when our tomatoes come in, I make spaghetti sauce, can some of the tomatoes, do sun dried tomatoes with the romas, and make fresh salsa. I usually can the salsa, too. I love making it extremely hot, as it tends to mellow in the canning process. Sometimes, though, the heat just comes right on through. It is not a raw type of hot, but with the canning, it tends to age quite nicely. I keep a crock of salsa going all Summer and Fall. I don't can it until the flavors have had a change to mingle and the raw taste is gone. (about 3-4 days)

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 lime, juice of
  • 6 tomatoes (peeled and diced)
  • 2 onions (diced)
  • 3 jalapeno peppers (thinly sliced, two green, one red2 serano peppers)
  • 4 hot peppers (tabasco)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cumin (freshly ground)
  • 1 tablespoon coriander (freshly ground)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt


  1. sprinkle salt in bottom of crock.
  2. Add tomatoes, onions, peppers, sugar, spices, and lime juice.
  3. Daily, sprinkle just a little salt into crock and stir.
  4. On the 4th or 5th day, pack (what has not been consumed) into hot sterile pint jars.
  5. Process in boiling hot water bath for 10 minutes.
Most Helpful

Nice recipe! I used to make a very similar salsa, put it up in canning jars and pass them out as Christmas presents. I too added a small amount of sugar. This essential addition cuts a bit of the natural acids of the tomatoes without adding any noticeable sweetness. Remember to wear gloves when working with raw peppers. You may regret it if you don't!

Chef Michael Callahan April 20, 2010

Fantastic! Buying jarred salsa from the stores is officially a thing of the past!

Bec September 06, 2011

hi loved it and so did all the family. Made it for a get together and it is worth the 4 day pep and family took some jars home thanks all the way from london england x

Holloway December 31, 2007