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Chunky Tomato Salsa Recipe

Chunky Tomato Salsa Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

1/4 cup (calculated without chips) equals 28 calories, trace fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 344 mg sodium, 6 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 1 g protein. Diabetic Exchange: 1 vegetable.

Reviews for Chunky Tomato Salsa

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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."

Reviewed Aug. 8, 2013

"Awesome recipe! Made it for poker night and everyone loved it. I couldn't find a serrano pepper at our local store (stationed overseas) I used a habanero pepper which added a red habanero pepper that added a very nice spice. If you don't like too spicy I don't recommend this. Will be making a double batch next time."

Reviewed Jul. 7, 2013

"Very good! Better than store bought! I'd do it again."

Reviewed Jul. 1, 2013

"I left out the Serrano pepper and cumin and added 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro. It was awesome!"

Reviewed Jul. 24, 2012

"This was awesome!"

Reviewed Jul. 24, 2012

"My favorite salsa!"

Reviewed Jul. 24, 2012

"I had a bunch of cherry tomatoes and didn't want to peel them all so I left in the skins. I thought this turned out great with nice flavor."

Reviewed Sep. 10, 2011

"I added a handful of fresh parsley. Delicious! A great way to use up ripe garden tomatoes :)"

Reviewed Sep. 6, 2011

"This salsa recipe is great! I added cilantro and extra cumin. I tripled the recipe to use up my summer veggies and froze several portions for later use."

Reviewed Dec. 27, 2009

"Just what we needed for our Spanish Night!

When I made it again, I added one tbsp of red pepper flakes! Very good!! Just enough added heat for the entire group to enjoy.
Thank you, Jay"

Reviewed Aug. 26, 2009

"This is wonderful my family loves it I have added 2 Tomatiloe Tomatoes to the receipe it is really good. I also canned this in pint jars and it stores well. You can add more hot peppers for a spicer taste also. Thanks again it was just the Salsa I was looking for.

Dee Simkins, Franklinville, NJ"

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Wine Pairings

Sweet Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet red wine.