Fresh Homemade Salsa for Canning

Total Time
2hrs 45mins
Prep 2 hrs
Cook 45 mins

A unique blend of peppers, onions and cilantro give this homemade pico de gallo type salsa it's deliciously fresh taste. Serve fresh or bottle to preserve.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Wash all jars, lids etc in the dishwasher.
  2. Always wear gloves while preparing salsa!
  3. Prepare tomatoes by soaking tomatoes in boiling water for 2-3 minutes to split and loosen skins. Peel and chop all tomatoes, drain excess juices off in a strainer or colander before adding to extra large bowl. (I half or quarter the tomatoes, then process briefly in a food processor before draining off juices, I like the tomatoes kind of chunky).
  4. Dice or cube all onions and peppers into the same bowl. Add chopped cilantro. (I do all the onions, peppers and cilantro in a food processor - I keep them kind of chunky also).
  5. Once all the vegies are in the bowl, stir in the lemon juice, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
  6. Taste to see if it is as hot as you would like it - if not add 1-2 more hot peppers tasting after each addition. Keep in mind as it sits for a while it will get a little bit hotter.
  7. Bring all ingredients to a boil in large pot & simmer for 15 minutes. Stir often to prevent sticking.
  8. Fill jars leaving about 3/4 inch at the top. Wipe off tops of the jars before putting lids on. Screw lids tight then turn back about 1/4 turn.
  9. Process in steam canner (not pressure cooker / steamer) or boiling water bath for 15 minutes.
  10. Cool jars.
  11. Before storing, test each jar to be sure it has sealed by pressing down on lid, it should not move.


Most Helpful

Just a comment. Several people have asked in the Q & A forum if the cup of lemon juice is necessary. It definitely is, as tomato varieties now lack the acid that tomatoes used to have, and it's not considered safe to can them without an acidifying agent such as bottled (not fresh) lemon juice. You could use vinegar or citric acid, but lemon juice tastes better and citric acid is not as easy to find as lemon juice is. This is similar to a recipe I have used, which is really tasty with the lemon juice.

zeldaz51 July 27, 2013

My husband had never canned until now. This Salsa recipe was excellent. Just the right amount of peppers for heat. We omit the salt for heart reasons. This is excellent. Great flavor.

gail.layton September 19, 2009

Simple ingredients, easy to make and VERY flavorful! We used heirloom tomatoes from our garden (Bloody Butchers, Marglobes and a few Mortgage Lifters). Also used lemon and lime juice instead of just lemon juice otherwise we followed the recipe as given. We made a little more than 7 pints (canned) and also had a bit left over to enjoy fresh. <br/><br/>We hand chopped everything because we like our salsa a bit more chunky than you'd get with the food processor. Also recommend using a slotted spoon to drain off the extra liquid when putting it in jars for canning. <br/><br/>Thanks for sharing the recipe. Just goes to show you that delicious food doesn't have to be complicated . We'll definitely make more before the end of the gardening season!

mewsic_enterprises September 18, 2014

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