How to Make Homemade Canned Salsa

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Homemade canned salsa is the perfect choice for using your fresh garden vegetables. When you have an abundance of tomatoes and peppers canning salsa is a way for you to be able to enjoy your harvest throughout the year. Once the salsa is canned, it will keep for a year.

Different types of tomatoes can be used for making salsa and a mixture of peppers can be added for varying flavor and spiciness. The homemade canned salsa recipe below could be made with the addition of other vegetables if desired. Some of the other ingredients that can be added would be cilantro, corn, pineapple, and a variety of seasonings. You will have to experiment with other ingredients to see what suits your taste. Canned salsa can be eaten with chips to enjoy as a snack; it can be used as a condiment for other foods, or added as an ingredient in other dishes.

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The recipe below is a basic homemade canned salsa that can be altered by the addition of other vegetables or seasonings that you would like to try. When canning salsa the most important thing will be to make sure the jars have sealed properly once they are cooled. To ensure this happens the salsa must be brought to a full boil and poured into the jars while it is hot and sealed with lids that have been prepared properly. Follow the simple instructions below and you should have great success.

Homemade Canned Salsa

Preparing the Vegetables | Canning the Salsa

Homemade Canned Salsa

Ingredients:

  • 24 cups skinned and chopped tomatoes
  • 4 cups chopped onions
  • 4 cups chopped green peppers
  • 2 Jalapeno Peppers - Add more for hotter salsa
 
  • 5 tbsp. salt
  • 1 tbsp. pepper
  • 2 tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 cup vinegar
  • 6 cloves of garlic - minced
  • 1 can (6 oz.) tomato paste
     

Note: This recipe makes 12 to 14 pints so be sure to have enough jars cleaned properly and ready to fill. The number of pints will depend on the actual quantity of vegetables used in the recipe.

 


Preparing the Vegetables

  • Remove the skins from the tomatoes by immersing in boiling water for 30 to 60 seconds and then place in ice water to stop the cooking.
 

  • Remove the core and peel away the skin. The skin should then peel away easily.

  • For more detailed instructions on removing the tomato skins, see Tomato Preparation - Remove Skins.
 
  • Chop the tomatoes into pieces. The larger the pieces are the chunkier they will be.
 
 



  • Chop the green peppers and jalapenos into small pieces. Be sure to remove the seeds from the jalapenos before chopping.

For more details on preparing peppers,
see All About Peppers - Pepper Preparation.




 
  • Peel the skin from the garlic cloves and mince into small pieces.

For more details on preparing peppers, see All About Garlic - Garlic Preparation.


Canning the Salsa

  • Place these vegetables and all the rest of the ingredients into a large pot. If you do not have a large enough pot, mix all the ingredients in a large bowl and then split the salsa into two different pans for cooking.
 


  • Cook over medium high heat until the salsa mixture comes to a full rolling boil. If it is not at the desired consistency when it comes to a full boil, continue to boil until it has reduced to the proper consistency.
 

 

  • While the salsa is cooking, prepare canning lids and rings by placing in a saucepan, covering with water, and bring water to a simmer. Once lids have come to a simmer, turn heat off but leave saucepan with lids on the burner and allow lids to remain in the hot water until ready to use.

 
  • After the salsa comes to a full boil carefully pour the hot salsa into canning jars. Be sure to leave 1/2 inch headspace on each jar.
  • Wipe any salsa off the rim of the jar that might have spilled when filling the jars.
 


 
  • Place the prepared lid on the jar and then screw on the rings. Tighten the rings but do not over tighten.
  • Set the jars aside and allow the salsa to cool completely. The jars should seal while cooling.
 

 
  • After they have cooled completely, check each jar to make sure it has sealed properly. Press down in the center of the lid with a finger or thumb. If the lid does not move up or down it is sealed properly.

This is just one method for testing the seal.
See Testing Jars for Proper Seal for complete instructions.


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