Easy Homemade Salsa for Canning

Total Time
1hr 5mins
Prep 45 mins
Cook 20 mins

This is a nice recipe to use if you are new to canning. I received this recipe at my bridal shower. I've tried lots of salsa recipes and this one is the one I always return to. I also like the fact that it uses basic ingredients... nothing too hard-to-find. You can use your favorite canning method for this. Following the instructions on the box of jars is always a good place to start. It looks like a lot of instructions below, but it really isnt- I just want to make it as easy as possible for a beginner.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 4 quarts tomatoes, thickly chopped
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 cup green pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 cup banana pepper, seeded and chopped (or you can double the green peppers, or use any other kind of sweet pepper)
  • 1 cup jalapeno pepper, chopped (use 2 cups for hot)
  • 1 cup vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons canning salt (I use Morton brand canning and pickling salt)
  • 14 cup sugar (use up to 1/2 cup if you like very sweet salsa)
  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 8 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 8 tablespoons warm water


  1. A note about peppers: Remember to use caution and always use gloves while handling. I always remove the seeds from mine before chopping but if you like hotter salsa feel free to leave them inches.
  2. A note about tomatoes: you do not have to peel them, but most people prefer doing so. To quickly and easily peel them: give them a quick rinse to wash them off. Then drop them into a pot of boiling water for about a minute or until you see them crack and peeling. Remove with a slotted spoon into a large bowl of very cold ice water. Now you can easily remove the peel and the core. I usually put the chopped tomatoes into my 2 quart pitcher to measure the tomatoes.
  3. To make salsa: Put all ingredients EXCEPT cornstarch and water into a large stock pot. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Boil over low heat for 10 minutes.
  4. Mix together the cornstarch and warm water in a small bowl. Make sure the mixture is very smooth- you dont want any corn starch chunks in your salsa.
  5. Add the corn starch liquid to the big pot of salsa, stirring while pouring.
  6. Boil on low for 10 minutes, watching carefully so that nothing sticks to the bottom of the pot.
  7. Pour into prepared canning jars, leaving about 1" for head space. Seal according to your favorite method.
Most Helpful

This recipe has good flavour, but it is very runny. If you are looking for a chunky salsa, this one isn't it. But it is very easy to make, especially for a first-time-canning-salsa experience!

Linz in the Kitchen September 05, 2014

I have made several batches of this I can't seem to keep people from opening them. When I made mine I did seed the Jalepeno and also I used Italian seasoning instead of the oregano

uspeanut September 22, 2009

I made this recipe and it turned out great. I used only 1 cup of jalapeno and the salsa was still fairly hot which is ok since my brother and brother-in-law (they loved it) likes it that way. I'll definitely use this recipe again and have already passed it on to my friends.

debcoxu August 11, 2009