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Chunky Salsa Recipe

Chunky Salsa Recipe

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. YIELD:56 servings


  • 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


  • 1. 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.
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. 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. Yield: 7 pints.

Recipe Note

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.

Nutritional 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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juliekayia61 User ID: 1922604 212698
Reviewed 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 User ID: 4117399 118923
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2011

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

lynnmaire User ID: 4117399 135093
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2011

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

romaloma User ID: 6173136 179786
Reviewed Aug. 25, 2011

"spicy and really tasty"

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