Canned Salsa

The Best Canned Salsa from FavFamilyRecipes.comI was so excited to go out to my garden last week and find loads of ripe tomatoes, onions, and peppers. I knew immediately it was time to make some salsa! This is Elise’s recipe and our family has been making it for YEARS. It is kind of a “cheater” recipe because we use a seasoning packet– but it saves time and still tastes fresh and amazing.
If you are new to canning check out this GREAT post by my good friend, Mel, over at Mel’s Kitchen Cafe that will help you. She explains it FAR better than I ever could! She goes through the whole process in detail for you. Click HERE.

**This is the recipe for the mild salsa.. if you would like a spicier salsa (which I like best) blend some Serrano peppers with the jalapenos, seeds removed (1-2 for Medium spiciness, 3-4 for Hot). Be sure to wear gloves when working with the peppers… just in case!

Canned Salsa

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  • 25-30 cups (between a gallon and a half and 2 gallons) peeled and diced tomatoes*
  • 3-4 white onions, coarsely chopped
  • 3 green bell peppers, chopped
  • 2 red or yellow bell peppers
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp garlic, minced
  • 1 bunch cilantro (as few stems as possible)
  • 4 small jalapenos, 2", no seeds (or 1/2 small can jalapenos), blended in some tomato juice to puree
  • 1-4 Serranos (optional, depending on how spicy you want it)
  • 1 small can green chiles
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. Tabasco sauce (red)
  • 2 1/2 c. white vinegar
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 1/4 c. salt
  • 2 Tbsp. lime juice
  • 1 packet Mrs. Wages salsa mix (medium) -- this can be found in the canning section in most stores. I found mine at Fred Meyer but I have also seen it at WalMart


  • *First, to easily peel the tomatoes: add the tomatoes (whole) to boiling water for a minute or two and then place them in an ice-water bath. The peels should come off easily. Dice and pulse in a blender a couple times until you get the consistency you like.
  • Add onions, peppers, garlic, cilantro, and jalapenos (and Serranos if you are going to make it spicier) to a blender with some of the juice from the tomatoes (fill the blender about half-way with liquid). If you are having trouble making all of the peppers and onions fit into your blender you may have to do it in 2 batches.
  • Pulse 5-6 times or until the mixture becomes coarsely pureed (if you like chunkier salsa, just pulse until you get to the consistency you like).
  • In a large stockpot (the good, heavy duty kind used for canning) combine diced tomatoes, pepper/onion mixture, and all remaining ingredients. Bring to a simmer and simmer over low for 3-4 hours stirring often (tomatoes burn easily so keep your eye on it-- I usually stir it about every 1/2 hour).
  • Pour into jars hot and process 30 minutes (see Mel's Kitchen Cafe for tips on canning and processing). Makes 8 quarts.


  1. Kathryn P says:

    I am new to “canning”. Is this recipe for a water bath processing or a pressure cooker processing? I have seen salsa recipes use both types and don’t know when it’s ok to water bath instead of pressure cook.

    • Erica says:

      I should have clarified… It is for waterbath.

  2. Linda says:

    How much does this recipe make?

    • Erica says:

      It makes about 15 pint-sized jars… give or take a jar or two.

  3. Stacy Molter says:

    Thank you for this delish Labor Day recipe idea! I’ve included your post in my 15 Delicious Labor Day BBQ Party Recipes round-up.

    Have a great week!

  4. Carol says:

    First time canning salsa. Must have added too much sugar. Tasted very sweet. All jars sealed. So I recanned the salsa after adding only red pepper flakes. All jars again sealed. Some people told me it was unsafe while others say it was ok. Can u help me with this

    • Erica says:

      From what I understand, you shouldn’t process the same lids twice. I don’t think it will seal as well again. I’m not the most experienced canner so I could be wrong on this!

  5. Shannon says:

    I made this Salsa last week and it is fabulous!!!!! It was my first real pick of tomatoes from my garden. It is just as good as any restaurant salsa!!! I got 6 quarts cause I was a little short on tomatoes. When we opened a jar, my family couldn’t stop eating it all day!! By the end of the day 2/3 of the jar was gone!!!! Thanks again for another great recipe!! The jalapeno jelly was a hit, the salsa is some of the best I’ve ever had, and tonight we are using your recipe to can spaghetti sauce!!!!

  6. LadyG says:

    Is the salsa mix necessary? Is it replaceable with dried herbs perhaps? I usually don’t use pre made packets in my canning goods.

    • Emily says:

      You can absolutely use dried spices, the salsa mix is just an easy combo of dried spices.

  7. Cheers2Ya says:

    It would be safe to replace the serrano’s with 1 or 2 bell peppers, correct? I make salsa with Mrs. Wages every year, adding peppers and onions and using lemon juice instead of vinegar. But I am unable to find the ratios I usually use to keep it safe! So I am glad to have come across your recipe. However, various bell peppers, jalepenos, and onions are all I add to the Mrs. Wages, besides the lemon juice. Thanks!

    • Erica says:

      You should be able to replace it without any issues. Maybe just do 1 bell pepper as the replacement though to be sure

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