Healthy Homemade Salsa

This healthy homemade salsa recipe is so delicious and fresh tasting you will never want to buy a processed variety from the grocery store again.

Salsa is a great condiment to have on hand because it accompanies many dishes. It's also a great healthy alternative to ketchup which contains high amounts of sugar.

There are many ways to prepare salsa; it all depends on your personal taste. You can make it spicy, mild, chunky, pureed, fresh or cooked.

If you prefer a fresh salsa, the tomatoes do not have to be peeled; add the ingredients and refrigerated for a couple of hours to allow the flavours to combine.

If you prefer a cooked salsa, the tomatoes are best peeled. If you make a large batch you can place the salsa in canning jars to stock your pantry.

This recipe can be double or tripled etc... if you want to make a large batch.

  • 2 cups tomatoes, chopped (peeled for cooked salsa)
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, chopped (For Spicy Salsa)
  • OR
  • 1 sweet red pepper, chopped (For Mild Salsa)
  • 1 T olive oil
  • ½ t salt
  • 3 T lime juice
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro

Fresh Salsa: Combine all the ingredients and refrigerate for a couple of hours before serving.

Cooked salsa: Combine all the ingredients in a saucepan. Bring to a boil; reduce to a simmer until vegetables are soft, approximately 1 hour. If you want your salsa pureed, do so now. Place the salsa into hot sterilized jars, leaving ¼ inch headspace, seal with sterilized lids and bands. Process in the canner for 15 minutes. Remove jars and allow to cool completely (24 hours) before checking for a proper seal.

You can control the heat in this recipe by adding more or less hot peppers and you can also experiment by using your favourite peppers.


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