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Chunky Salsa

This fresh-tasting salsa is wonderfully chunky. If you like it hotter, add more habanero peppers; if you prefer a mild salsa, add fewer. —Dana Hayes, Canton, Ohio
  • Total Time
    Prep: 45 min. Process: 15 min.
  • Makes
    7 pints


  • 5 pounds tomatoes
  • 5 cups chopped onions (about 3 large)
  • 5 cups chopped green peppers (about 4 large)
  • 2-1/2 cups chopped sweet red peppers (about 2 large)
  • 2 habanero peppers, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 3 teaspoons salt


  • Fill a Dutch oven two-thirds with water; bring to a boil. Score an “X” on the bottom of each tomato. Using a slotted spoon, place tomatoes, one at a time, in boiling water for 30-60 seconds. Remove tomatoes and immediately plunge in ice water. Discard peel; chop tomatoes.
  • In a stockpot, combine the remaining ingredients. Stir in tomatoes. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 15-20 minutes or until desired thickness.
  • Carefully ladle hot mixture into hot 1-pint jars, leaving 1/2-in. headspace. Remove air bubbles; wipe rims and adjust lids. Process for 15 minutes in a boiling-water canner.
Editor's Note: We recommend wearing disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers. Avoid touching your face. The processing time listed is for altitudes of 1,000 feet or less. For altitudes up to 3,000 feet, add 5 minutes; 6,000 feet, add 10 minutes; 8,000 feet, add 15 minutes; 10,000 feet, add 20 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
1/4 cup: 18 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 131mg sodium, 4g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.

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  • gunslinger
    Aug 1, 2019

    Good basic recipe. We like cilantro so I added some to mine.

  • Appy_Girl
    Jul 26, 2019

    This recipe is all about Fresh and tomato. I used 3 different types of tomatoes. And I added some chopped celery leaves tops for some added taste and eye appeal. Very nice. VFE

  • jordan20
    Jul 25, 2013

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  • Zoraida1989
    Sep 9, 2012

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  • juliekayia61
    Nov 14, 2011

    First time making salsa, little scared but this was so easy and my family love's it. They said it was a keeper!

  • lynnmaire
    Sep 17, 2011

    I did add a half cup cilantro and another hot pepper.

  • lynnmaire
    Sep 17, 2011

    This was vantastic! I did add a half cup chopped cilanto and another hot pepper.

  • romaloma
    Aug 25, 2011

    spicy and really tasty

  • gale53
    Aug 23, 2011

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