Prep 45 mins
Cook 30 mins
This is the best salsa recipe I've found so far and I've tried about a dozen. I got it from one of the local hospital cookbooks that are sold in my area. I changed it a bit and have been canning it for years. The reason I plant a garden is for this salsa. We would be lost without it. Hope you like it as much as we do. One of our members who is a food scientist took this salsa to work, tested the pH and found it measured under 4.0 (well within the safety limit for boiling water bath processing).
- 8 cups tomatoes, peeled, chopped and drained
- 2 1⁄2 cups onions, chopped
- 1 1⁄2 cups green peppers
- 1 cup jalapeno pepper, chopped
- 6 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 teaspoons cumin
- 2 teaspoons pepper
- 1⁄8 cup canning salt
- 1⁄3 cup sugar
- 1⁄3 cup vinegar
- 1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
- 1 (12 ounce) can tomato paste
- Mix all together and bring to a slow boil for 10 minute.
- Seal in jars and cook in hot water bath for 10 minute.
- This is a medium salsa. This is also a chunky salsa so if you want a smoother salsa cut your veggies into smaller pieces.
- Yields 3-6 quarts or pints.
This is the best. I've made two batches and used Cherry Tomatoes from my garden. For the second batch, I added one extra teaspoon of Cumin and a little more hot peppers to make it hotter, more like a Medium hot. I also froze the salsa instead of canning it and used the Gladware containers. I had read a warning from the Cooperative Extension not to can salsa because the vegetables in it make it unsafe to can. I will make this salsa for years to come.
This is an exceptional recipe for a canned salsa. My only change was to lessen the sugar. If your tomatoes are fairly sweet (home-grown, off the vine) you really don't need sugar. My family isn't in to HOT, but we didn't find this recipe hot at all - even when made exactly as given. Very mild, but with a little zip. ADDED NOTE: After I drained all the juices off the vegetables, I canned that separately as vegetable broth for soups later. it had a nice "zippy" flavor that will enhance winter soups.
This is an excellent recipe but our tastes are for a slightly hotter salsa. To the basic recipe I added 1 to 3 hot peppers (habeneros or chili peppers) increased the cumin 1/2 to 1 teaspoon and added cilantro.