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Chunky Tomato Salsa

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
    4 cups


  • 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


  • 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.
Editor's Note
Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.
Nutrition Facts
1/4 cup: 28 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 344mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 vegetable.

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  • Kelly
    Dec 7, 2018

    This is a great recipe. My family loved it. I had to changed a couple things though. I reduced the salt to 1 teaspoon from 2 1/4 and added fresh Cilantro....

  • reine404
    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

  • Candias
    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!!

  • lunar.purple
    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!

  • SKTerpstra
    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!

  • yuehching
    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.

    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.

  • beckyjot
    Jul 7, 2013

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

  • falknermimi
    Jul 1, 2013

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

  • anonymous
    Jul 24, 2012

    This was awesome!