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Homemade Fresh Tomato Salsa Recipe

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Homemade Fresh Tomato Salsa Recipe

Homemade Fresh Tomato Salsa Recipe

Photo- 2009 © Teri Lee Gruss, licensed to About.com, Inc.
The flavor of salsa prepared with fresh tomatoes, onions, peppers, garlic and cilantro is so much different than store-bought salsas - so much better! After making this recipe you'll wonder why you ever bought commercial salsas at the grocery.

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour


  • 6 medium fresh , peeled, cored, coarsely chopped tomatoes
  • 1 medium diced sweet onion
  • 1 medium diced green bell pepper
  • 1 small, finely minced clove garlic
  • 2 tablespoons finely minced fresh cilantro
  • 1 jalapeno pepper (wear gloved to remove seeds and finely dice)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 6-ounce can tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar OR fresh lime juice
  • Salt to taste


The easiest way to peel fresh tomatoes is to place them in boiling water for 1 minute and then immerse them in ice water for about 2 minutes. The skins will split and easily peel off. If you don't like seeds in your salsa, remove the seeds while you are chopping the tomatoes.

Place all ingredients in a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Simmer for about 30 minutes. Cool and pour salsa into 3 pint jars.

Store in refrigerator for 2 weeks.

Yield- about 3 pints of fresh salsa

Tip- Be sure to wear gloves when chopping jalapeno peppers- the volatile oils can burn your skin and eyes.

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 4 out of 5
On the mild side..., Member nacheroo

As salsas go, this is decidedly on the mild side, but nice, and a good thing to have for kids and others who have yet to develop (or never will develop) asbestos-lined tongues.

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