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Mama’s Homemade Salsa

Mama’s Homemade Salsa

One very hot summer, living on our mini ranch, my husband had a wild and maybe not so smart idea to raise 150 tomato plants.  There was five rows and with around 30 plants in each row.  At first we had a bushel of red tomatoes and I canned them as they were.

Then suddenly we had 10 bushel of tomatoes.

Now I needed to really get going on canning tomatoes before they went off and more came in.  I made salsa, tomato pickles, spaghetti sauce, tomato chow chow, tomato preserves.  It seemed if there was a recipe for tomatoes I was going to try it.  God had another plan after that and an early cold front came in basically took care of the tomato plants though I ended it up with a bathtub (literally) of green tomatoes. But that is another story to be told another day.

Mama's Homemade Salsa Recipe by Texas Family Kitchen

It is funny how I get tons of request for my homemade salsa.  I have been making it the same way for over 25 yrs now.  I make around 6 to 18 pints at time but with in a month I usually have none.  Either the boys scoop it up with corn chips or it is given away to friends and family.  If I can capture some I use it to make my husband and kids some really good Huevos Rancheros.

I suppose there are other ways to make salsa but this will always be my way.

Mom's Homemade Salsa
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A spicy condiment or dip for Family and Friends
Recipe type: Trational
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6 pints
  • 5 lbs tomatoes, chopped and cored. I do not peel mine.
  • 5 cups green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 3 Jalapeño peppers, seeded, stems removed and chopped
  • * For mild salsa: use a jar of pickled jalapeño slices.
  • 1-1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 Tbsp Oregano
  • 2 Tbsp Cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp Tabasco
  • 1-1/2 cup Cider Vinegar
  1. Mix all ingredients in a pot and cook over high heat for 10 minutes stirring.
  2. Add hot ingredient to 6 pint jars, seal and water bath for 30 minutes.