Best Homemade Jarred Salsa

I just had the best homemade jarred salsa and chips for breakfast. The plan was to add the salsa to a glass of tomato juice, blend it up, pour it over ice and enjoy on the go – a Bloody Mary of sorts, sans the vodka. However, the tortilla chips have an amazing magnetic attraction and just drew me right into the bag, and before I realized it, I had finished half the bag with salsa for breakfast. After some consideration, not a bad breakfast!!! After all, I had lots of veggies: tomatoes, corn(tortillas) onions, peppers, and herbs. Maybe salsa for breakfast isn’t your thing. If not enjoy it with chips or on green beans Southwest style.

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5 from 1 vote

How to Blanch and Peel Tomatoes

This simple easy to follow guide for peeling tomatoes1
Servings 4 lbs
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


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  • large kettle
  • slotted spoon


  • 4 lbs Ripe Tomatoes


  • Fill large kettle 1/2 full of water and bring to a boil.
  • Carefully add the washed fresh tomatoes to the boiling water using a slotted spoon to avoid splashing.
    Blanching tomatoes in hot water
  • In about 20 seconds you will see the skin on the tomatoes start to split. Once the skin on the tomato splits, remove the tomato from the boiling water with a slotted spoon.
    Blanched tomatoes in a colander
  • Put the tomato in cold water to stop the cooking process.
  • If a tomatoe's skin didn't split within 2 minutes after placing it in the boiling water, remove it anyway and put it in the cold water.
  • The skins will slip off easily.
    Peeling a blanched tomato
Cost: $3.00
Keyword: How to peel tomatoes
how to remove seeds from a tomatoe
Seeds removed.
diced tomatoes
Dices and drained
ingredients for salsa
Add in the rest of the ingredients.

Once peeled cut them in half and remove the seeds by running your finger through the sections of seeds within the tomatoes. Dice the tomatoes and drain the excess juice. Combine tomatoes and the rest of the ingredients in a large kettle.

salsa in a kettle

Cook over medium heat until the temperature is 180 degrees. Simmer keeping the salsa over 180 degrees for 30 minutes. Keeping the salsa temperature above 180 degrees for 30 minutes inactivates the enzymes and kills any bacteria.
While the salsa is cooking sterilize the jars and lids by running them through the sanitize cycle on the dishwasher.

Carefully fill the jars using a canning funnel.  Leave 1-inch of space between the salsa and the top of the jar.  Put the lids and rings on and tighten.  

Process the homemade jarred salsa for 20 minutes in a water bath canner. To process, cover the jars with about 1 inch of water and start the timer when the water begins to boil. Keep the water boiling for the whole 10 minutes. Remove the jars at the end of the 10 minutes and place on a kitchen towel to cool and dry.
Once the jars are cooled, check to make sure they sealed by pressing down in the middle of the lid. If the lid pops down and then springs back up, the jar did not seal. Use this salsa within one week.  The sealed jars are good for 18 months.  

jars in waterbath canner

Bonus Section:  Make Your Own Water Bath Canner!!!  A water bath canner is nothing more than a canning jar rack on the bottom of a large kettle. The high temperature of a burner can break the glass canning jars if they are sitting on the bottom of the canning kettle.

Take some aluminum foil, (a 1 ft square piece) and wad it up into a disc. Press the canning jar into the disc until the jar imprints into the foil.  

Place the foil discs on the bottom of the kettle and place the filled jar over the foil. Press down on the jar to level it on the foil. Fill the kettle until the water is about one inch over the top of the jars. Process the jars according to recipe instructions. 

If you have only two or three jars to process and don’t want to use the large canner, this method is perfect. 

jars of salsa

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5 from 2 votes

Best Homemade Jarred Salsa

This homemade jarred salsa is perfect straight from the jar or a starting base for cowboy or tropical salsa.
Servings 64
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 2 hours


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  • 8 pint jars with rings and new lids or 14 half-pint jars with rings and lids


  • 12 cups diced tomatoes You will need 8 - 10 lbs of whole tomatoes. Peel them and remove the seeds first.
  • 1⅓ cup bell peppers green or red diced
  • 3 jalapenos diced with seeds and membranes removed
  • 3 cups onions diced
  • 1 cup cilantro chopped fresh
  • ¾ cup lime juice
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp chilli powder
  • 1 Tbsp salt pickling or kosher
  • ¼ cup garlic minced


  • To change the number of serving: hover over the number of servings, a slider will pop up. The slider can be adjusted up or down. This will automatically recalculate and adjust the amount of each ingredient for you.
  • Sterilize the pint-size jars, rings, and lids in the dishwasher on the sanitize cycle.
  • Add all the ingredients to a large kettle and stir to combine.
  • Cook on medium, stirring frequently until simmering and temperature reached 180 degrees.
  • Keep temperature above 180° for 30 minutes
  • Immediately fill the hot sterile jars with the cooked salsa, clean any spills off the rim of the jar, put the lid and ring on the jar and tighten.
  • Process in a water bath canner for 10 minutes
  • Remove jars from the boiling water with the jar lifter. Let cool and check to make sure they are sealed by pressing down in the center of the jar. If the lid pops down and back up it is not sealed and will need to be refrigerated and eaten.


Jarred Salsa should be eaten within 18 months
For a smaller batch of fresh homemade salsa divide the recipe by 4 and don't cook. Refrigerate leftovers.
The jarred salsa is a great base for cowboy salsa - add one cup roasted or canned corn kernels and one can of black beans to one jar of salsa.  
For a tropical salsa add 1/2 cup each of  diced fresh mango's,  diced fresh pineapple, diced watermelon, and diced cucumber to 1 jar of salsa.   
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Calories: 14kcal
Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: best homemade salsa


Serving: 2oz | Calories: 14kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 116mg | Potassium: 114mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 213IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. 5 stars
    Thank you for not writing an entire novel about the recipe. This salsa rocks.

    1. Doctor Jo Author says:

      lol you are welcome.

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