Mom’s Tomato Salsa Recipe

Further to my earlier post about my hands burning me
5 cups coarsely chopped seeded  peeled tomatoes *I blanch them then cut in half and squeeze out the seeds.
3/4 cup chopped Spanish Onion
3/4 cup chopped Sweet Green Pepper
1/2 cup chopped Sweet Red Pepper
1 hot banana pepper chopped
3 hot chili peppers (any variety) chopped *For mild Salsa clean out the insides, for HOT include seeds and core, for medium try including the core of only one pepper.
1 Large clove garlic, minced
1 5.5 oz  can tomato paste
1/2 cup white vinegar
2 TBSP Granulated Sugar *I only include this when making mild salsa
2 TBSP Lime Juice
1.5 tsp pickling salt
1 tsp paprika
2 TBSP Finely chopped fresh coriander (1 TBSP dry)
1 tsp Dried Oregano
In large pot combine first 13 ingredients (above the line).  Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, reduce heat to medium and cook uncovered stirring occasionally for 15 mins.
Add coriander and oregano, cook for 15 minutes longer or until liquid has evaporated and mixture has thickened.  
Pour into  jars* leaving 1/2 inch head space.  Seal firmly but not too tightly with 2 piece metal canning lids*.
Partly fill canner with water and bring almost to boil.  Place jars on rack and pour in boiling water to cover jars by an inch.  Cover and bring to boil.  *I don’t have a canner so I just use a large pot with a smaller pots lid at the bottom to sit the jars on away from the bottom of the pot.
Boil 15 mins for 1 cup jars.
Boil 20 mins for 2 cup jars.
Remove and place jars on towel to cool.

*Always heat your jars in the oven first.  200 degrees Celsius for about 20 minutes is best.  Remember to boil snap lids for 5 mins before use.


52 thoughts on “Mom’s Tomato Salsa Recipe

  1. I wanted to grow my own salsa garden this year but I’m not the best when it comes to green thumb. I think I’ll try your recipe with some store bought ingredients!

  2. We grow our own tomatoes in our garden and what we dont eat we always make salsa with them. thanks for the recipe it really sound delicious

  3. I make salsa every year because I love it.I have even tried and love green tomato salsa.This fall I will try your recipe because it sounds good.Thanks

  4. This is very similar to my recipe that I use too! I have also done a variation with chipotle peppers instead of chilies. 🙂

  5. how much does this recipe make? I would like to make this. I have tons of tomatoes from friends and neighbors I want to use it up.

  6. Thank you for sharing a great salsa recipe.This is one I have already tried because I was here before today and it is very tasty.

  7. Even though it is winter I think I will make some of this salsa. Here in Windsor we have hot house tomatoes and peppers. I might use canned tomatoes, though, depending on whether I can get ripe ones. I pinned this recipe.

  8. I just bought a box of canning jars from a thrift store close by. They are all in great condition and this would be an awesome first thing for me to can! I have never canned anything before and I am very nervous about it but your instructions seem so much less complicated then the canning books I have. Thanks for sharing this!

  9. Your tomato salsa recipe sounds really good. Something I noticed on your recipe — you say to heat the jars in the oven beforehand. I have never heard of this before. Could you please tell me why you should do that? Thanks, I’m curious.

  10. We were just talking about when to put the tomato plants in this year and I have been dying to try salsa. Thanks for the recipe!

  11. I love, Love, LOVE salsa!!! I am always looking for new recipes for it. Thank you for sharing your recipe.

  12. I have never made Homemade Salsa but I think that I will try this one when the summer tomatoes ripen. Thank you for this recipe.

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