Fresh Homemade Salsa for Canning

"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."
Fresh Homemade Salsa for Canning created by Probably This
Ready In:
2hrs 45mins
16 pints




  • Wash all jars, lids etc in the dishwasher.
  • Always wear gloves while preparing salsa!
  • 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).
  • 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).
  • Once all the vegies are in the bowl, stir in the lemon juice, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
  • 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.
  • Bring all ingredients to a boil in large pot & simmer for 15 minutes. Stir often to prevent sticking.
  • 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.
  • Process in steam canner (not pressure cooker / steamer) or boiling water bath for 15 minutes.
  • Cool jars.
  • Before storing, test each jar to be sure it has sealed by pressing down on lid, it should not move.

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  1. Leane T.
    Instead of using canning salt I used fine sea salt in it's place, and it turned out fabulous
  2. alishaoverman
    Do you use regular table salt or canning salt in this recipe? I'm new to canning (this will be my first attempt) and have read elsewhere that you can't use table salt, so I just wanted clarity prior to starting my project. Thank you in advance. I'm very excited to use the vegetables from my garden.
  3. EA C.
    Also - can you please change this recipe to say "Bottled Lemon Juice" so others don't make my mistake. Also- is this a tested and researched recipe?
  4. EA C.
    Hi - I just made this recipe and it is delicious. Then I realized I should have used the bottled not the fresh lemon juice. Is it a problem? I did the full cooking time and full processing time.
  5. maryamcc4
    I just got done canning this recipe and it's great! It's so good! This will be my permanent Salsa Recipe! Thank you KKleinRN!



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