Cooked Salsa

A few weeks ago a friend asked me about my cooked salsa recipe.  I told her that she could find it here on the blog. However, she gently told me that my fresh salsa recipe is here, but my cooked recipe is not. I have talked about cooked salsa in a few posts, but never actually shared a recipe for it.  So I looked back through my recipes, and sure enough…it isn’t here.  Sigh….

Here are two recipes for cooked salsa.  I have used both, and my family likes them both.  I almost always freeze my cooked salsa since I don’t like heating up the kitchen with a boiling water bath.


8 cups peeled and chopped tomatoes

2-1/2 c. chopped onions

1-1/2 c. chopped green peppers

1 c. chopped hot peppers (use your choice of variety and amount to suit your taste)

4-6 cloves garlic, minced

2 tsp. cumin (optional)

2 tsp. black pepper

1/8 to 1/4 c. canning salt (to taste)

1/3 c. sugar

1/3 c. vinegar

15-oz can tomato paste

Mix all ingredients together and bring to a boil for 10 minutes. Pour into jars and seal with lids. Cook in boiling water bath for about 15 minutes.   If you prefer to freeze your salsa, let it cool to room temperature. Pour into quart-size freezer bags, label, and place bags on cookie sheets to freeze flat.  Makes about 3 quarts



8-10 medium tomatoes

1/2 to 1 bunch cilantro

1 bunch green onions

1 medium red onion

1-3 cloves garlic

1  bell pepper, either red or green

8-10 hot peppers of your choice

juice of 1 lemon

salt to taste

15 oz. can tomato paste

Chop first 7 ingredients in a food processor, putting all in a large cooking pot. Add tomato paste, lemon juice and salt.  Stir together and taste, making necessary adjustments.  Cook, stirring frequently, until all veggies are cooked, about 15 minutes.  Pour into canning jars and process in boiling water bath, or let cool and freeze in freezer bags. Makes about 3 quarts.

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The Mrs. G's

A mother-daughter project (our married names both begin with G) to rejuvenate our love of cooking and make meals creative and exciting! And now that I (mom) have discovered the Trim Healthy Mama way of cooking, I am trying to incorporate more healthful recipes!

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