Making Salsa

Who doesn’t love homemade Salsa? We often have a pre dinner snack of salsa and tortilla chips, usually with a cold mug of beer. Here is an awesome Salsa recipe for you to try. Make a small batch to eat fresh or make a large enough batch to can some up to enjoy come Winter.

Salsa can be safely canned in a water bath – I usually put mine up in half pint jars. Perfect size for us and if we have company to enjoy it with us, I just open up another jar.


Ball Water Bath Cannr

Here’s the water canner set up that we use here and we get a LOT of use from it. Some years I put up hundreds of jars of vegetables and soups. Graham loves canning stews and fish, so he often adds hundreds more jars to our cold room.


Here’s the recipe – try a batch and let us know what you think!


7 cups chopped tomatoes (about 6 lbs)

2 cups chopped onions

1 cup chopped green bell pepper

8 jalapeno peppers

3 gloves minced garlic

1 can tomato paste

3/4 cup white vinegar

1/2 cup chopped cilantro

1/2 tsp ground cumin


Coarsely chop all the veggies (I actually dice them quite small.) Remove seeds from peppers (Hah! that’s no fun – we throw a bunch of seeds in the pot too.) Combine all ingredients in a large stainless steel saucepan. Bring to a boil and boil gently, stirring occasionally, until it has the desired consistency.

Ladle into jars, wipe the rim, put on the seal and ring. Boil in a boiling water bath 20 minutes for pints (we do 25 minutes, because we are above 1000 ft elevation.)

This recipe makes 5 pint jars of salsa.

Remove from the canner and let jars sit for 24 hours. Don’t move them and keep the jars out of drafts. You can just put a towel over the jars if you need to.

Then, this winter, enjoy this salsa, I think you’ll like it!



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  1. avatar Tracy says:

    That is beautiful looking salsa, I will give this recipe a try!

    • avatar Annie says:

      Hi Tracy, I think you will really enjoy it. Please let us know how it works out for you.

  2. avatar Amanda says:

    How many pints or quarts does that recipe make?

    • avatar Annie says:

      Hi Amanda, the salsa recipe makes 5 pint jars worth of salsa. Thanks for asking, I will add that to the post. It should have been included.