Have Extra Tomatoes? Make it Salsa Time

I have an abundance of of tomatoes. So what am I going to do? Make Salsa!  I’ve made salsa for many years now and I’ve pretty much guessed at the recipe. This year I’m using a recipe my friend Beth has used for years. Her family gave it high marks, so I’m using it now. The tomato paste makes it thicker and not watery, which was my original problem.

Tomatoes, peppers and jalapenos

Garden Fresh Tomatoes, peppers and jalapenos

Salsa Recipe

Many people will say don’t mess with a salsa recipe, but I can’t leave well enough alone. I mean think about it, even if you always put in the same ratio of onions and jalapenos they are going to be different in spiciness every time. For example the longer jalapenos stay on the plant the hotter they get. I learned this the hard way.


  • 10 cups peeled tomatoes, chopped, seeded and drained
  • 5 cups chopped onions
  • 5 cups sweet green peppers
  • 1/2 Cup chopped celery
  • Large can of tomato paste
  • 8 cloves crushed garlic
  • 2 TBSP chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 TBSP salt
  • 1 TBSP Cumin
  • 1 TBSP Chilli powder
  • Powdered Citric acid per instructions ( I use less than required as I don’t like the tart taste)
recipe for homemade salsa

Cooking the salsa, getting it ready to can


  1. Prepare canning jars by washing thoroughly and sterilize in dishwasher or boiling water
  2. Chop the first six ingredients and mix together in a large pot
  3. Add tomato paste and stir
  4. Add salt, cumin, and chili powder as desired to taste and preference
  5. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to simmer.
  6. Cook on simmer for at least one hour until desired thickness
  7. Place lids into water and bring to boil. When water boils turn off heat
  8. Pour salsa into prepared jars, screw on rings
  9. When lids pop the jars are sealed and ready for storage.
Mexican salsa recipe

Finished canned salsa for the year

Do you have a favorite salsa recipe? Do you prefer yours mild or spicy? Me I like a mild salsa, my husband likes it hot, in fact the hotter the better, just like his chili. Here are a few more salsa recipes below, remember don’t be afraid to experiment.

More Salsa Recipes

Salsa Recipe – Allrecipes.com

In a medium-size mixing bowl, combine tomatoes, onion, cilantro, garlic, lime juice, tomatillo, and salt to taste. Mix well. Add 1/2 of the jalapeno pepper, and taste. If you desire your salsa with more of a kick, add the remaining 1/2 jalapeno.

Life Tastes Good: Homemade Tomato Salsa Recipe

Homemade Tomato Salsa Recipe | by Life Tastes Good is about as simple to make as it comes and uses all fresh ingredients for maximum flavor #Mexican #Appetizer.

Mango Salsa Recipe – Allrecipes.com

This spicy, fruity blend of fresh ingredients will turn any dish into an exciting new favorite!

Garden Tomato Salsa Recipe | Taste of Home

I grow almost all of these ingredients in my garden. This recipe makes a large batch, but it’s always gone in no time. —Barbara Mundy, Radford, Virginia.

Salsa II Recipe – Allrecipes.com

This is a very good salsa recipe. Simple ingredients are boiled and blended to created a flavorful, spicy mixture that’s great with tortilla chips and on Mexican-style foods. The amounts of onions and jalapenos may be varied; canned crushed …

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