It took me three years and many tries to perfect this salsa recipe. Everyone says it's a hit.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
1 hr
additional:
30 mins
total:
2 hrs
Servings:
192
Yield:
3 quarts
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Ingredients

192
Original recipe yields 192 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a large pot, mix the onion, tomatoes, green bell peppers, red bell pepper, Anaheim chile peppers, banana peppers, and jalapeno peppers. Stir in the tomato sauce, tomato paste, vinegar, diced tomatoes, and brown sugar. Season with chili powder, Italian seasoning, and salt. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer 1 hour.

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  • Mix the cornstarch and water, and stir into the salsa to thicken. Transfer salsa to sterilized jars, leaving 1/2 inch headroom, and seal. Process jars in a boiling water bath 15 minutes. Store unsealed jars in the refrigerator.

Note

For more information on canning fresh salsa, contact your local university or county extension service.

Nutrition Facts

7 calories; protein 0.3g; carbohydrates 1.4g; fat 0.1g; sodium 60.6mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
07/17/2004
Excellent recipe! Just like mom makes haha!! Fantastic taste and nice chunky texture. Way better than store bought. I love how easy it is to accomodate everyone's taste; you can make it hotter or milder just by varying the types and amount of peppers used. The jars store well and last a very long time. I make this recipe all the time. It is a healthy low fat condiment that goes well on everything from scrambled eggs to hot dogs. Well done KB CountryGirl!!;-) Read More
(24)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
01/08/2008
My mom and I spent HOURS in the kitchen preparing this recipe that she thought would be fantastic (based on such good reviews). Guess what? No better than any old store-bought jar of salsa and if you don't think your salsa should have a sweet taste it's not even as good. I'll stick to fresh tomatoes garlic onions jalapenos lime juice and cilantro. It's never failed me and all my guests love it. Read More
(70)
49 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 35
  • 4 star values: 8
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 2 stars
01/08/2008
My mom and I spent HOURS in the kitchen preparing this recipe that she thought would be fantastic (based on such good reviews). Guess what? No better than any old store-bought jar of salsa and if you don't think your salsa should have a sweet taste it's not even as good. I'll stick to fresh tomatoes garlic onions jalapenos lime juice and cilantro. It's never failed me and all my guests love it. Read More
(70)
Rating: 5 stars
07/17/2004
Excellent recipe! Just like mom makes haha!! Fantastic taste and nice chunky texture. Way better than store bought. I love how easy it is to accomodate everyone's taste; you can make it hotter or milder just by varying the types and amount of peppers used. The jars store well and last a very long time. I make this recipe all the time. It is a healthy low fat condiment that goes well on everything from scrambled eggs to hot dogs. Well done KB CountryGirl!!;-) Read More
(24)
Rating: 5 stars
08/02/2008
Very good salsa, but VERY important note: let the salsa sit in the jars for several days before opening. I opened a jar the day after canning and my first impression was "ok". I opened another jar 5 days later, and let me tell you, the flavors really came out. I don't know if waiting longer than 5 days helps, I ate it all within a week! Read More
(23)
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Rating: 5 stars
06/12/2006
This was very good! We cut the recipe in half. I would add one or two more jalapenos next time because it wasn't hot enough for us. Couldn't find banana peppers so I substituted with tomatillos and added a few garlic cloves and cilantro. I Forgot to mix the corn starch w/H2O before adding so we had some corn starch flavor crystals occasionally. Also we thought it was a tad sweet so we will omit the brown sugar the next time we make this. Bueno salsa! Thanks for sharing! Read More
(12)
Rating: 5 stars
09/14/2009
Excellent! I only make 3 pints at a time as to change it up a bit. Sometimes I add lime only add jalapenos or eliminate this or that. The vinegar and italian seasonings are the key. I always use fresh tomatoes never canned. Read More
(12)
Rating: 5 stars
10/24/2007
This was so easy to make(time consuming but easy). I doubled the recipe and added 3 TBSP. dried cilanto 2 cloves of garlic and I used whatever hot peppers sweet peppers and onions I had in my garden. So good and doubling the recipe gave me 11 quarts of salsa. I might drain the tomatoes even more than I did next time because it was a bit watery but I don't mind it that way. I used my pressure canner and canned it at 10 pounds for 30 minutes. Read More
(12)
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Rating: 5 stars
05/30/2008
Ok so I think I ate about half a jar while making this! I will never buy store bought salsa again. I halved the recipe it made 4 mason jars full. I used the called for amount of jalapenos plus threw in some seeds. Also used a serrano pepper with some seeds just the right amount of spice. I found I did need the cornstarch to thicken things up at the end. I also added 1/2 cup fresh cilantro towards the end what can I say I love cilantro. I will make this again and again. Thank you for the recipe! Read More
(11)
Rating: 4 stars
09/05/2008
Taste wise it's pretty good ours is fairly hot after one day. The consistency reminds me of a Pace picante sauce I think I tend to like my salsas a little more chunky/fresh. Next time we won't drain the tomatoes and may do even more fresh tomatoes to see if that doesn't come to a middle ground. Might even remove the tomatoe sauce all together from the recipe. It was easy to make the longest part was just waiting for it to simmer down. Read More
(10)
Rating: 5 stars
02/20/2015
Every fall I make this salsa and beause our tastes are turning to 'hotter' foods I have increased the peppers to include Habanjero peppers as well as Tai peppers to increase the heat. Also I increase the number of jalepeno peppers. This works well. Read More
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