Chunky Tomato Salsa Recipe
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Chunky Tomato Salsa Recipe

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Our college-age daughter, two of her friends and a nephew ate a quart of this salsa with chips in one sitting. They loved it so much that they each took a quart home with them. So be sure to make lots! —Carol Carpenter, Jansen, Nebraska
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. Cook: 1-1/4 hours + chilling
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. Cook: 1-1/4 hours + chilling
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 3-1/2 cups peeled chopped tomatoes (about 4 large)
  • 1 large green pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 serrano pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2-1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Baked tortilla chip scoops

Nutritional Facts

1/4 cup: 28 calories, trace fat (trace saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 344mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein Diabetic Exchanges:1 vegetable


  1. In a large saucepan, combine the first nine ingredients. Stir in the tomato paste, vinegar and lemon juice. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 1 hour, stirring frequently. Cool to room temperature. Cover and refrigerate until chilled. Serve with chips. Yield: 4 cups.
Editor's Note: Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.
Originally published as Chunky Tomato Salsa in Healthy Cooking August/September 2008, p28

Sweet Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet red wine.

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Reviewed Oct. 15, 2015

"Just took it off the heat and couldn't help tasting a bit of it, and it was GREAT! Can't wait to try it with chips when it cools"

Reviewed Aug. 30, 2015

"First time making salsa and it turned out GREAT!!! Did add cilantro as suggested by some other reviewers, but turned out wonderful. Definitely making again!!"

Reviewed Aug. 12, 2015

"Thank you so much for this recipe! I was looking everywhere for my favorite Newman's Own salsa dupe and hope already abandoned me when I came across this one! This is the one! My search is over!"

Reviewed Dec. 6, 2014

"I always receive RAVE reviews on this salsa. My boss told me this salsa is the best he's *ever* eaten - better than the salsa at a major, well-known restaurant chain! I sized the recipe up by 4x and it's still not enough (thirteen, 2.5-cup jars). My family and friends have eaten through 90% of my stock in 3 months and the requests keep coming!"

Reviewed Aug. 30, 2014

"Great recipe. Quick and easy to make. I also added chopped fresh cilantro but simmered the salsa for 15 to 20 minutes. The flavor is perfect to our taste. Definitely a keeper."

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