Tomato Salsa - Uncle Bill's Version

"A delightful Tomato Salsa recipe that can be adjusted to be spicier if desired. I have been making this for over 30 years."
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Ready In:
4 pint jars




  • In a large pot bring water to a rolling boil.
  • Drop in tomatoes and scald for 2 minutes.
  • Drain and immediately cover with cold water and some ice cubes and let sit for a few minutes.
  • Remove skins and discard.
  • Remove stem core and discard.
  • Cut tomatoes into small chunks.
  • Using a large cooking pot, add chopped tomatoes, Jalapeno peppers, red onion, green pepper, sweet red pepper, cilantro, basil, parsley, wine vinegar, lemon juice, ground cumin and liquid honey.
  • Bring mixture to a boil.
  • On medium-high heat, cook for about 5 minutes stirring frequently.
  • Adjust spices and Jalapeno peppers to taste.
  • Prepare 4- pint size canning jars by washing in soap and water, then rinsing in hot water.
  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
  • Place washed jars upside down on oven rack and heat for 15 minutes.
  • Prepare snap lids by boiling them in water for about 5 minutes.
  • Fill jars with salsa mixture to within 1/4 inch of top of jars (for head space.) Remove any air bubbles by sliding a rubber spatula between glass and salsa; re-adjust head space to 1/4 inch.
  • Wipe jar rims very clean to remove any stickiness.
  • Place snap lids, then screw bands just until finger tight.
  • Prepare a canner and bring water to boil.
  • Place jars in canner rack and immerse in water.
  • Process for 10 minutes.
  • Remove jars from canner and place on a towel, then cover with another towel until cooled.
  • Jars are sealed when lids"pop" and are concave (turned downward).
  • Wipe jars clean and lable.
  • Store jars in a cool, dry place.

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  1. Another winner from Uncle Bill! I already had great confidence in this recipe since every one of yours that I've tried has been wonderful. This is no exception! Granted, there's a lot of chopping, mincing, etc., to be done. (It took me 4 hours!) But what a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon! This is a nice, zippy salsa. I used half of the honey, a little extra jalapenos (soaked in water for a few minutes to reduce their heat), and kept my ingredients a bit on the chunky side as you can see in the photo I uploaded. After canning 6 pints (I'd increased the recipe to use up my 5 lbs of tomatoes), I still had enough left over for a snack last night. To. Die. For. Love this, and thanks again, Uncle Bill!
  2. I LOVE SALSA!! The directions are so clear and very easy and very tasty!! I added some salt, and I didn't have a green pepper, and I used celery instead since that is my personal preference for this Salsa. But other than it, obeyed your instructions entirely! These have so many uses. Thank you so much for posting! I also will continue making this splendid salsa for 30 years in my future.
  3. I made this with all lemon and no honey excellent recipe thank you Bill
  4. Really loved the flavors in this salsa. DD#2 did not care for the honey but that is easy to take care of, I'll just leave it out the next time I make this. Oh yes, I did not have the wine vinegar. When I talked with William, he said cider vinegar would be fine to use. Made for *Zaar Cookbooks Tag 2008* game
  5. Thank you, Uncle Bill! This is so good! This year in our garden, all the ingredients are growing in the California sun and our results will be even yummier than when we made this last year. The only thing we have changed is that we use all of our tomato varieties, including the yellow, orange, green and striped tomatoes, and even several kinds of cherry tomatoes that we cut in half. If you are unlucky enough to live in an area of 100* days for weeks on end, you are lucky enough to have fresh veggies as a perk.


I live in Burnaby, British Columbia. I am retired and have written a cookbook entitled, From Uncle Bill's Kitchen. I am a recipe developer, author, publisher, distributor and a chef. My cookbook is very unique as I have a Nutrient Analysis for each ingredient used in each recipe that shows you the values for Calories, Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium. A high-lighted bar shows the values on a per serving basis plus the Fat/Cal%. From Uncle Bill's Kitchen contains tried-and-true, tested, easy to follow reipes for both novice and experienced cooks. You'll find old Russian, Ukrainian, and other ethnic favorites, along with modern West Coast dishes. The Nutrient Analysis will please the health conscious. Uncle Bill's favorite recipes will reward efforts of the most creative cook and provide the family with many tantalizing, healthful meals. I have appeared on 48 various Television Shows in Vancouver, Burnaby, Kelowna and Kamploops, B.C. Canada, as well as in Palm Springs, CA. In Palm Springs, CA, I have been a Guest on the JACKIE OLDEN RADIO SHOW and THE JOEY ENGLISH RADIO SHOW, twice a year since 1998. I also do demo cooking shows at CHAPTERS BOOK STORES, SAVE-ON-FOOD STORES, GALLOWAY'S FOODS, WESTMINSTER PUBLIC QUAY MARKET, and in the U.S. at BARNES & NOBLE BOOKSTORES in Palm Springs, CA, Phoenix and Yuma, AZ. I was in Palm Springs, CA from June 10th to July 14th. 2002 and again appeared twice on the Jackie Olden Show, twice on the Joey English Show and pre-taped a TV COOKING SHOW with Jackie Olden that is aired on TV from Palm Springs, CA to Los Angeles, CA.
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