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Canning: Authentic Mexican Salsa


  • 15 cups pureed tomatoes about 15 large tomatoes
  • 10 jalapenos seeded and cut in half lengthwise
  • 3 large bell peppers I used 2 green and 1 red.
  • 1 large sweet onion
  • 10 to 15 assorted peppers of your choice I used 3 Anaheim, 2 poblano, and 5 red chili peppers. For mild, remove all seeds. For medium, keep seeds of 2 jalapenos. For hot, keep seeds of 2 jalapenos and 1 Anaheim pepper.
  • 1 and 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 2 bunches of cilantro stems removed
  • 3 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbs garlic powder
  • 1 Tbs chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 6 oz can organic tomato paste


  • In a Vitamix blender, puree the tomatoes and then pour into large pot over medium heat.
  • Meanwhile, set oven to broil and move rack to highest option. Place jalapenos on baking sheet with skin-side facing up. Broil for 4 to 5 minutes until skins are bubbly and brown. Remove from oven and immediately place jalapenos in zip-lock bag. Allow to sit for 10 minutes.
  • In the blender, add bell peppers, onion, assorted peppers, lime juice, cilantro, salt, garlic powder, chili powder, and cumin. Once jalapenos have sat for 10 minutes, remove from zip-lock bag and pinch the skins off. Discard skins and place jalapenos in blender. Blend on medium speed until contents are blended but slightly chunky. Pour contents in pot with tomatoes.
  • Bring to a boil and add tomato paste, stirring constantly until mixed well. Boil for 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, sterilize the jars and lids in boiling water for at least 5 minutes. Pack the salsa into the hot, sterilized jars, filling the jars to within 1/4 inch of the top. Wipe the rims of the jars with a moist paper towel to remove any food residue. Top with lids, and screw on rings.
  • Place a rack in the bottom of a large stockpot and fill halfway with water. Bring to a boil over high heat, then carefully lower the jars into the pot using a holder. Leave a 2 inch space between the jars. Pour in more boiling water if necessary until the water level is at least 1 inch above the tops of the jars. Bring the water to a full boil, cover the pot, and cook for 30 more minutes.
  • Remove the jars from the stockpot and place onto a cloth-covered or wood surface, several inches apart, until cool. Once cool, press the top of each lid with a finger, ensuring that the seal is tight (lid does not move up or down at all). Enjoy!
  • Refrigerate after opening.