Jar of salsa with silver spoon on white plate with tomatoes, peppers, garlic and jars of salsa in the background
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How to Can Homemade Salsa

Canning salsa at home is easier than think and it tastes so much better than the store bought stuff!
Course Condiment
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes
Servings 64 tablespoons
Calories 6kcal
Author Beth Neels



  • 3 lbs roughly chopped tomatoes Optional, roast tomatoes in a 350°F oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour
  • 4 jalapenos, finely chopped Optional, roast tomatoes in a 350°F oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour
  • 1 bell pepper, any color, chopped
  • 4-5 cloves garlic, diced or roasted and smashed
  • 3 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 1/2 tbsp fresh oregano, chopped
  • 1 1/2-2 tbsp Salt
  • 2-3 tbsp lime juice
  • 3 tbsp ground cumin


  • Wash jars in hot soapy water and rinse thoroughly. Sterilize jars in water bath canner for 10 minutes. Let jars sit in hot water until ready for use.
  • Cook down tomatoes for about 1 hour. Add the onion, peppers and spices and continue to cook down for another 30 minutes, or until desired thickness is obtained. Add parsley and oregano and cook for another 10 minutes. 
  • Ladle hot salsa into hot jars. Process 20 minutes in water bath. Let rest in hot water 5 minutes. Remove from canner. Cool jars on counter for twenty four hours. Test lids. If lids flex up and down, the jar has not sealed and should be stored in the refrigerator. Store jars that have sealed in a cool, dark place for up to one year.


Quantities are not crucial in this recipe, except the lime juice, if canning in a water bath. Depending on your desired thickness of the salsa, the yield could be more, or less. I cooked mine for about 1 hour.
Makes approximately 4 pints.
Follow safe canning practices, if using water bath canning pot.
pH levels should be below 3.5, for canning.
Be sure to test lids for seal after thorough cooling. When lids are pushed in the middle, they should not flex up and down. If they do, jar is not sealed. Store in refrigerator.


Calories: 6kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Sodium: 165mg | Potassium: 64mg | Vitamin A: 265IU | Vitamin C: 6.8mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 0.3mg