SALSA – canned tomato version

When people ask you what your favorite food is, what answer do you give them? For me I have to always say that it is a tie between Chips & Salsa and Dark Chocolate (I know, its a strange “combination” – but as long as I eat them separately, who is to judge)!

The more I have started to make my own salsa, the less I care for the stuff that you get out of a jar from the store. I love making garden fresh salsa and salsa verde and chunky pico de gallo – but this salsa right here made from canned tomatoes and some fresh ingredients is seriously some of the best salsa that I have tasted AND its easy to make year-round AND its cheap AND in case you didn’t hear me the first time it’s delicious!!!


[Canned Tomato] Salsa

adapted from The Pioneer Woman – makes about 2 quarts

  • 1 can (28 Ounce) Whole Tomatoes With Juice (or diced)
  • 2 cans (10 Ounce) Ro*tel Tomatoes (Mexican flavored Tomatoes – pick your flavor)
  • 1/4 cup Chopped Onion (1 small onion works)
  • 1 – 3 cloves Garlic, Minced (depends on your preference)
  • 1 whole Jalapeno, Quartered And Sliced Thin
  • 1/4 teaspoon Sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Cumin
  • 1/2 cup Cilantro (more to taste!)
  • 1/2 whole Lime juice (about 1 Tablespoon)

Note: this is a very large batch. Even in my food processor it leaks out a little bit, so I usually make this as a two step process & then mix it together in a large bowl.

Combine onion, jalapeno, garlic, sugar, salt, cumin, & lime juice in a blender or food processor. Mix until a medium/fine chunk. Add the whole/chunk tomatoes and Ro*tel tomatoes as well as the cilantro. Pulse until you get the salsa to the consistency you’d like—I do about 10 to 15 pulses. Test seasonings with a tortilla chip and adjust as needed.

Refrigerate salsa for at least an hour. Serve with tortilla chips or melted cheese nachos or for a healthy alternative (and one of my favorite super-healthy snacks) with some celery.

And I leave you with this, Today’s Question of the Day… how do you like your salsa?


6 Responses to “SALSA – canned tomato version”

  1. And I have always served the store bought Salsa to you… oh no! So now you will have to bring some Salsa along with one of your wonderful chocolate desserts when we get together. Love the blog, some great goodies, too bad I have gotten too lazy to make most of them. Look forward to you making them for us.

  2. I’m writing my post featuring your chocolate dipped clementines – I’ve linked your blog to the post but it won’t go up until Friday or over the weekend. Fresh made salsas are my favorite and I love adding fruit to salsas, especially in the summer. My husband and I both love the chocolate dipped cuties I made!

    • I am totally in love with fresh salsa – I want to experiment with fruit in my salsas more this summer! So glad to hear you enjoyed the Oranges – looking forward to checking out your post and all of your other goodies 🙂

  3. Ahh, I keep thinking I need to make my own salsa. We eat SO much of it, so I want to learn how to preserve it first. I don’t want to have to make it all the time! =)

    This looks delicious though and might just have to be the recipe I use.


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