Last week I had a counter full of tomatoes and decided to make a batch of salsa. Whenever I decided to make one of my traditional recipes I always check my blog first for the recipe. I was so surprised to see that I had never shared this recipe before despite the fact that I make homemade salsa most every year. It’s about time I shared this wonderful recipe with you!

This recipe originally came from a dear friend of mine and I believe that she also makes a batch or two of salsa every year. There are no special ingredients and I imagine you probably have everything you need to make a batch. The recipe can easily be doubled or tripled as well! Just depends on how many jars of salsa you’d like in your pantry. When we lived in Vermont I used to make fancy labels and give the salsa away as gifts!

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Homemade Salsa


5 lbs. Tomatoes, washed, peeled, cored and chopped. (I dip them into boiling water for one minute, and then move to cold water and skin them that way). Then when they are cool you can peel and core.

2 Cups chopped onions
1 ½ C. seeded, chopped Jalapeno peppers (use rubber gloves!)
2/3 C. Bottled lemon juice (I use half and half with Lime juice)
3 TBS Chopped fresh Cilantro
2 ½ tsp. Salt
4 small cans of tomato paste 
6 heaping TBS Garlic (I just use the jar of it)


In a large 6-8 Quart pan, combine all the above ingredients, Bring to a boil and the lower the heat and simmer several hours, stirring occasionally.  While the sauce is simmering prepare jars for canning in a water bath canner. Spoon the salsa into your hot jars, leaving a half-inch at the top. Wipe the jars and tops and treads clean. Place hot lids on jars; screw bands firmly. Process the jars in the boiling water canner for 15.minutes. Remove and let cool.

If you prefer a hotter salsa add more jalapenos or keep the seeds.

6 comments on “Homemade Salsa Time!

Sylvia | Grace for a Gypsy on September 11, 2019 3:15 am

Nancy, I am saving this one to make later! Thanks for sharing it with us!

Freddies Mummy UK on September 12, 2019 11:26 am

Oh this looks awesome, I am definitely saving this for another time. Thanks so much for sharing on the Simple Homestead Blog Hop

Rhonda Gales on September 13, 2019 11:46 pm

I love fresh salsa during the winter when I’m curled up in front of the fire place watching TV. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

Lisa L Lombardo on September 14, 2019 9:34 pm

I love homemade salsa…this looks delicious, Nancy! Thanks for sharing on Farm Fresh Tuesdays!

AnnMarie Lewellyn on September 15, 2019 2:02 am

I love fresh Salsa, especially when it comes from my own garden! Thanks for sharing on the Farm Fresh Blog Hop!

Miz Helen on September 17, 2019 8:08 pm

There is nothing like a homemade canned Salsa, it is the very best and your recipe looks delicious! Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday and come back to see us soon!
Miz Helen

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