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Easy Homemade Salsa Tutorial

Summer is truly here when the garden produces enough ingredients for a batch of homemade salsa.

What can be better than chopping fresh vegetables, stirring a huge colorful pot full, and relishing the wonderful aroma that fills the kitchen?

Homemade Salsa Ingredients

Plate of raw tomatoes, green peppers, onions, and cilantro
  • 1 gallon skinned, chopped tomatoes
  • 3 sweet pepper, chopped
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced or 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 12 jalapeno peppers or other hot pepper to your heat level
  • OR dried crushed red pepper to taste ( 3 T. was right for our family)
  • 2 T salt
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ½ cup vinegar
  • ¼ cup of clear jell dissolved in ½ cup water (optional)

How to Make Homemade Salsa

Jars of homemade salsa
Jars of homemade salsa

Step 1: Peel the tomatoes

peeled tomatoes

The easiest way to peel tomatoes is to drop them in boiling water for about a minute. The peeling slides off easily.

Paste tomatoes are the best for salsa, but we just used what we had, which was about five different kinds of tomatoes including a pink variety.

Step 2: Chop the tomatoes until you have a gallon

Step 3: Chop three peppers

Use green, red or yellow peppers, the color doesn’t matter.

Step 4: Dice two onions

Diced onions

Step 5: Chop about ¼ cup of cilantro

Step 6: Crush two garlic cloves or use 1 tsp garlic powder

Step 7: Chop up a jalapeno or another type of hot pepper

When making salsa you can also just use dried crushed red pepper. Much simpler and safer!

Step 8: Mix all the veggies in a large pot and add salt, vinegar, and sugar

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Step 9: Bring to boil and simmer all ingredients for 30 minutes to 1 hour

Removing the lid of the pot while it simmers will result in a thicker salsa.

Stir occasionally.

To thicken even more, you can mix ¼ cup of clear jell with ½ cup cold water, and add to the salsa while cooking.

Step 10: Ladle into jars

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Step 11: Seal in jars and boiling water can for 10 minutes

Step 12: Done, you now have homemade salsa

Enjoy the beautiful results, share as gifts, and open up a jar of summertime next Winter!


If you are growing tomatoes, peppers, and onions, your salsa expenses will be very minimal.

Purchasing organic veggies at a local farmer’s market could be a very economical choice as well.

Even in the grocery store like Costco’s organic, these vegetables will be in season and at their best price and flavor.