Best Salsa Recipe for Canning

Best salsa recipe for canning. Easy canning recipe for beginners.

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If you are looking for the best salsa recipe for canning, then you have come to the right place! I have been searching for a good salsa recipe for years. Personally, I like a salsa that is more like pico de gallo, or more chunky.

My husband, however, loves his La Victoria. I have been looking for a recipe that more resembles La Victoria, that is more thick like tomato sauce.

I finally realized that tomato sauce is what was missing from the recipe. Adding tomato sauce to your homemade salsa makes it thicker and more like store bought salsa.

Making homemade salsa is also a great way to use up all of the extra tomatoes from your garden and store them for winter. You should try this salsa recipe. You won’t be disappointed.


8 c. tomatoes, chopped and drained
2 1/2 c. onions, chopped
1 1/2 c. green peppers
3-5 jalapeno peppers, chopped
1/4 c. fresh cilantro, chopped (optional)
6 garlic cloves, minced
2 tsp. cumin
2 tsp. pepper
1 tbsp. salt
1 c. white vinegar
2 (15 oz.) cans tomato sauce
1/3 c. clear jel (optional)

This salsa only has a few steps to it. First you need to chop the onions, green peppers, and jalapenos. You can peel the tomatoes first if you want, but I didn’t.

To make life a lot easier, if you don’t already have a vegetable chopper, you might consider getting one like this one. It takes all the work out of chopping vegetables and makes cooking and canning much more enjoyable.

Combine the chopped vegetables, garlic, spices, vinegar, and tomato sauce together in a large pot. Simmer for 10-15 minutes. If you find the salsa is not as thick as you would like, add 1/3 c. or so of clear jel.

Clear jel is a great tasteless thickener that can be used for canning and is a great solution for runny salsas, pie fillings, etc.

Canning Instructions:

While the tomatoes are simmering, sterilize your canning jars, rings, and lids.

Ladle hot mixture into sterilized canning jars, leaving 1/2 inch head space. You can easily measure the head space with this inexpensive canning funnel. Wipe rims of jars with a clean dish towel and place lids and rings on jars.

Process jars in boiling water canner for 15 minutes.

Remove jars from canner and let them set on a towel on the counter until they cool and the jars have sealed. If any of the jars don’t seal, you can place those jars in the refrigerator to eat in the next couple of weeks. Sealed jars will last for a year or more in the pantry.

This recipe makes 4-5 pints or 2 quarts of medium salsa.

Note: You can adjust the amounts of spices, seasonings, and salt in this recipe, but don’t adjust the amount of vinegar, vegetables, or tomatoes.

This recipe needs to maintain a certain acidity level in order to process it in a boiling water canner instead of a pressure canner.

If you like this recipe, you might like my peach salsa recipe or my recipe for canning spaghetti sauce.


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6 Comments on "Best Salsa Recipe for Canning"

  1. Hi, I canned some salsa last year that called for apple cider vinegar, and that’s all we could taste. It was wasted … made me so sad. Does this recipe turn out with a strong taste of vinegar??


    1. Hi! There is no taste of vinegar at all with this recipe. I’ve made this recipe many times, and many people have told me this is the best salsa they have ever had (and I am not just saying that, ha ha). Even better than store bought. I’m not sure what the exact difference is with this recipe, but whatever it is it works!! 🙂


    1. Hi Christina, you don’t have to use tomato sauce, but the tomato sauce gives this salsa a much nicer texture than most salsas I’ve canned. It’s fine to leave it out but the salsa will be a lot more liquid.


    1. Hi Jennifer, I would say this is a medium salsa. So leave out some jalapenos for mild, or add a couple more for hot 🙂 I just made some yesterday and added a couple extra jalapenos and the salsa really had a kick to it!


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