Salsa From Scratch

Written by Ariana deVries on Jul 4

Canned and everything!

Last Friday, my good friend Kathryn and I set out to make and can our own salsa. Our original thought was to make tomato sauce, but silly us forgot it wasn't prime tomato or red pepper season yet. So we completely changed our plan and settled for what we could find at the farmer's market (with a few things purchased from the local grocery store to round it out).  As it turns out, the salsa is really yummy! Kathryn doesn't even like tomatoes and she likes this salsa so that's sayin' something. 

The day began with a bit of help from my little pro (look how big she's getting!) food washer. She obviously can't wash tomatoes and smile at the same time. Haha!

This little cutie loves to help with everything. Whether it's actually helpful is another story. This time it was! :)

Such sweet, little hands. Sigh.

After much chopping, dicing, slicing, eyes-watering, fingers dripping, pots bubbling, mouths laughing (and watering), spoons stirring, cans cooking, and kitchen getting way too warm, our beautiful salsa was finally complete.

I am so thankful I had a food processor. It cut the prep time in half! Still, canning is quite the process. Regardless of how long the process is, though, I'm so glad I had the chance to do it! I'm looking forward to many more canning adventures. Oh the things you can...can! Haha. 

These hands aren't so sweet or little, but that salsa sure looks amazing!

Thank you to my mom-in-law for providing me with this simple yet delicious recipe. I am pretty skeptical and rather picky when it comes to salsa. It was really nice to have already tasted this salsa and know it was good. Knowing that took a load off, because we weren't worried about wasting ingredients on a recipe we weren't even going to like.

But I'll let you decide how you like this salsa. If I were to make it again, I think I would add more heat to it - probably a couple more jalepenos or something. It definitely is on the mild side. If you like it that way, great! Otherwise, feel free to add more hot peppers.

This is what it looked like behind the scene of my photoshoot. Teehee!

Well, that's all folks! Stay tuned for tomato sauce which will be made in month or so. 
Have a happy summer! 


Serving Size: 5 - 1 quart Mason Jars Prep Time: 30 minutes Cook Time: 1 hour


8 cups Tomato(es) (Chopped)
4 cups Peppers (Assorted - chopped)
2 cups Onion (Assorted - chopped)
1/4 cup Jalapeno Peppers (Chopped)
1/2 cup White Vinegar
5 cloves Garlic (Minced)
1 can (5 oz) Tomato Paste
2 tbs White Sugar
1 tsp Salt
2 tsp Paprika
1 tsp Oregano
2-3 tbs Cilantro (Fresh-chopped)


  1. Chop and prepare all ingredients. Pour into a large cooking pot.
  2. Boil and then reduce heat, allowing to simmer for 1 hour.
  3. Follow appropriate procedure for canning. Here is a great link on what to do.
  4. Enjoy the result of your labour!