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Mild Tomato Salsa Recipe

Mild Tomato Salsa Recipe

I got this salsa recipe from my sister, and my children and I have been making batches of it ever since. We pair pint jars with packages of tortilla chips for zesty Christmas gifts. When the kids give this present to their teachers, they can truly say they helped make it. —Pamela Lundstrum, Bird Island, Minnesota
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. + simmering Process: 20 min. YIELD:160 servings


  • 10-1/2 pounds tomatoes (about 35 medium), peeled and quartered
  • 4 medium green peppers, chopped
  • 3 large onions, chopped
  • 2 cans (12 ounces each) tomato paste
  • 1-3/4 cups white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper, chopped
  • 1 celery rib, chopped
  • 15 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 to 5 jalapeno peppers, seeded and chopped
  • 1/4 cup canning salt
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce


  • 1. In a large stockpot, cook tomatoes, uncovered, over medium heat 20 minutes. Drain, reserving 2 cups liquid. Return tomatoes to the pot.
  • 2. Stir in green peppers, onions, tomato paste, vinegar, sugar, red pepper, celery, garlic, jalapenos, canning salt, hot pepper sauce and reserved tomato liquid. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 1 hour, stirring frequently.
  • 3. Ladle hot mixture into 10 hot 1-pint jars, leaving 1/2-in. headspace. Remove air bubbles and adjust headspace, if necessary, by adding hot mixture. Wipe rims. Center lids on jars; screw on bands until fingertip tight.
  • 4. Place jars into canner with simmering water, ensuring that they are completely covered with water. Bring to a boil; process for 20 minutes. Remove jars and cool. Yield: 10 pints.
Editor's Note: Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.

Nutritional Facts

2 tablespoons: 14 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 182mg sodium, 3g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 0 protein.

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Pat User ID: 7760249 271720
Reviewed Aug. 13, 2017

"This is VERY GOOD salsa as is, but I added a good teaspoon of ground cumin, because we love it. Will definitely make again."

SkylineLee User ID: 7692144 267979
Reviewed Jun. 14, 2017

"I made this yesterday and it was VERY good. I don't believe I will ever buy salsa again."

MJiowa User ID: 8917816 252925
Reviewed Aug. 19, 2016

"Tastes great!! I was short a pepper so felt comfortable adding some cilantro. Switched out a 1/2 cup white vinegar for cider vinegar. I wish there was a way to not half to use store bought tomato paste but all in all very happy. Took me 3.5 hours start to finish."

ClydeWoman User ID: 7322761 252546
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2016

"I prefer a more authentic salsa without so much sugar or vinegar but this salsa had plenty of fresh flavors."

VienneM User ID: 8189257 238049
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2015

"First time I made salsa- and it is the best salsa I've ever tasted!!! Not very sweet compared to some other homemade salsa I've tried. If you like spicy you could definitely up the jalape?os/hot sauce. Make sure to mince the garlic very fine. If you like very thick salsa, just add back a little less tomato juice than the recipe calls for. Also be sure to really break up the tomatoes when cooking (unless you like really big chunks). Most people who have tried this have asked for the recipe! We gobbled it up in a big hurry and I am about to make a second batch:)"

Hanson13nd User ID: 8383552 235569
Reviewed Oct. 24, 2015

"This is an AWESOME Salsa, Yeah Its Sweet which is Perfect for my mom and I Love it too. Made 1/6 and 1/12 th of this Recipe four times Now. Is so Good... I Used Ten Times the Jalapenos and Added Cilantro Probably be about 1/3 Cup Dried Cilantro for Full Recipe, To Make a Nice Sweet n' Spicy."

sarahbaguley101 User ID: 7931826 235235
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2015

"Awesome recipe. A tad sweet. Next time I'll add sugar a little at a time."

KLSmith User ID: 250775 231202
Reviewed Aug. 14, 2015

"Great recipe. Love the consistency. Changed celery to dried cilantro and cut salt to 2 tbsp. can make as hot or mild with the types of peppers. We used paste tomatoes and diced them instead of quartering them."

Ozarkagirl User ID: 5881259 230873
Reviewed Aug. 8, 2015

"This is a great salsa recipe and I have used it for several years. When I don't have fresh tomatoes, I use two large restaurant size cans of diced tomatoes, draining the excess liquid. I also substitute an 8 oz. jar of sliced jalapenos drained and chopped. Friends are always asking if I can bring some of my homemade salsa to our gatherings. It makes wonderful Christmas presents. You can adjust the recipe to make it as hot as you want or less sweet. It's a keeper!"

1rrgirl User ID: 840036 160233
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2013

"I have made this and given it to each of my daughter-in-laws to try. We have already made 6 batches, some varying the heat of the peppers and they still want to make more. Will be giving these out for Christmas gifts as well! Hope we get enough tomatoes to make even more! This recipe is a keeper!"

Lor207 User ID: 978905 61793
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2013

"This salsa was too sweet and had no heat. It wasn't for our family. If you like sweet salsa then this recipe is for you."

AprilZim User ID: 7408338 156261
Reviewed Sep. 16, 2013

"I just tried this last week. I used some chopped parsley instead of celery (since I didn't have any in the house). I used 2 dark green hot peppers (not sure of the kind for sure, but from my neighbors garden) since I didn't have any jalapeno peppers. I used 18 pounds of tomatoes (1/2 were Roma, 1/2 were Regular slicing tomatoes). It made 15 pints for me."

SusieOFoodie User ID: 1380907 134539
Reviewed Aug. 29, 2013

"I've been making this recipe for several years now and it is a family favorite! Here's another way to get a little more heat, I take a jalapeno and slice it into rings (seeds and all) put a ring or two in the jars before water bathing. That way it gets a little more kick, but I don't have to worry about our little one getting a hot seed in her mouth. My husband loves this and takes it in his lunch all the time, it is also great for using in other recipes b/c it isn't a typical runny homemade salsa."

havingfunwithmyfamily User ID: 7043692 76500
Reviewed Aug. 28, 2013

"What a great way to use up all of the bounties from the garden! I've already given out two cans. Canned salsa is such a fun gift to give, and receive! I will definitely make this recipe again, next year! Thank you!"

wendy234 User ID: 4287918 152400
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2012

"This is truly the best salsa recipe ever. I never made salsa before because I had never tasted a recipe that I liked enough to go through all the work. That has all changed now. This is my second year of making this recipe and everyone that tries it loves it. It is sweet, but I like it that way. It is not a hot salsa, but you can add a few more or some seeds from the jalapenos to make it hotter. My son doesn't like his salsa so chunky so he does a spin or two in our ninja blender."

6foreverpaws User ID: 6007092 106281
Reviewed Jul. 18, 2012

"This is the BEST salsa ever !! The hubby can not get enough of it. I used roma tomatoes fresh from the garden. It asked for 36 med. tomatoes, I figured 2 to 3 roma tomatoes for 1 med. tomato. I used banana peppers in place of the green peppers, omitted the jalapeno by adding 1 extra red pepper plus did away with the celery and hot pepper sauce. For a little spice I sprinkled it with crushed red pepper and it came out GREAT. I will never buy store bought salsa again. This has the best taste and I am not a fan of salsa but this one is wonderful. Thank you for sharing this receipe it is a keeper in my household."

bdstickles User ID: 4170423 76495
Reviewed Jul. 2, 2012

"My husband and I made this salsa last summer with our own garden tomatoes. He wasn't too keen on the sweetness of it (I really liked it), but we absolutely loved the flavor of it! We had all kinds of friends commenting on it too. It has just enough heat to be medium spice, and I'm sure it would be easy to just add or subtract the hot peppers if you like it differently. We ran out a few months ago and have been impatiently waiting to make some more. Will be making LOTS this year so we have enough till next summer. Definitely recommend making this, and it's not hard at all, just takes a bit of time. Thanks for the great recipe!!!"

kids chauffer User ID: 4381411 136904
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2012

"I use a little less sugar and I add red yellow and orange peppers omitting the hot sauce, I have recieved many compliments on this and give jars away as a gift"

Northernflowers User ID: 3748592 207507
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2011

"My family can't get enough of this salsa! It is absolutely the best salsa ever. Maybe it is the fresh tomatoes, anyhow it is full of flavor. I plan on canning all my tomatoes into salsa next year and we have a huge garden. Thankyou for the recipe."

vickyfoland User ID: 3407237 156237
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2011

"What kind of red and green peppers should you use? Bell peppers?"

BarbKLong User ID: 1981764 150455
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2011 Edited Sep. 20, 2016

"My family and friends love this recipe. I have edited my review a couple of times because I wanted to share what I have learned from several years of making this recipe and by the way my reviews have always been positive because I really like the recipe and I have nothing negative to say about it.This is the best salsa I have tasted. After making this for years now I have found that the people I serve it to like it better with the 1/2 cup sugar and a few more jalapenos. I use to reduce the sugar, but when I went back to the original recipe amount and added the amount of jalapenos ( usually 6-8 according to size) to my taste people raved about it and of course I have to share the recipe."

iskabibble User ID: 6197708 135157
Reviewed Sep. 11, 2011

"This is the best salsa I've ever made. I added a drained black beans to the tomato mixture right before processing. I've told several of my friends about this recipe too."

iskabibble User ID: 6197708 61762
Reviewed Sep. 11, 2011

"I made this salsa and it's excellent. I've told my daughter and several friends about this recipe. I added a can of black beans. I drained them first, and right before I was ready to pack the jars, I added it into the tomato sause mixture and processed like specified."

auntiggy User ID: 2101141 150454
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2011

"We love this Salsa, I tweeked it a little bit by adding cilantro and some spices. We made it last year and it was gone very fast ~ this year we are making several batches!!!! Gotta have enough for the whole year!"

heishman01 User ID: 5338223 61761
Reviewed Aug. 26, 2011

"This is the best recipe ever! I made this last year and people are asking me again to make it again. I can't keep enough in my pantry. Thank you."

ladyleeme1 User ID: 4774901 106280
Reviewed Aug. 18, 2011

"Tried this recipe for the first time and was so very thrilled with the outcome. It is a bit of work as we cut all the veggies up by hand. But well worth it. We doubled the batch and got 21 pints and a bowl for the fridge from it. YUMMMY"

smalltowngirl_VA User ID: 783822 106279
Reviewed Jul. 21, 2011

"We love this salsa!! I made some last summer and it wasn't enough! So this year I've already made two batches and plan on making several more if I have enough tomatoes. Even my 5 year old daughter loves this stuff."

heishman01 User ID: 5338223 84820
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2010

"This is the best salsa ever. I made 20 pints today. Thank you for sharing this recipe."

justme63 User ID: 1180487 76481
Reviewed Aug. 31, 2010

"I have made this recipe for a couple of years now. This year I'm giving over 7 cases of this

tasteful, most requested recipe for Christmas gifts along with the tortilla chips. I do however modify the recipe to suit our taste. I omit the celery ribs and add 2 or 3 ears of fresh corn cut off the cobb. Not only does it make the salsa pretty, but extremely tasty! And since we raise and sell over 30 acres of sweet corn and other garden fresh farm grown produce at several farmers markets, I use what I grow! You will not be disappointed in this recipe! So fill up your shelves....winter is coming!"

smalltowngirl_VA User ID: 783822 77663
Reviewed Jul. 22, 2010

"I just made this recipe, exactly as written! It is wonderful!! Even my 4 year old daughter couldn't get enough. Can't wait to make another batch!"

lananadine User ID: 1572842 68260
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2009

"I've made two batches of this salsa, and everyone loves it, the recipe has been requested by anyone who tastes it."

cloreep User ID: 668273 152397
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2009

"This salsa was great, but it needed cumin, which I added once I tasted it and it went from a 4-star to a 5-star recipe!"

mimia User ID: 4346904 156234
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2009

"I found this recipe and made a batch. my family loved it. I ended up making 90 pint jars. We are going through it so fast, I hope we have enough. It is best made with Vidilla Onions. This recipe is awesome!!!!"

booko1 User ID: 62805 134533
Reviewed Aug. 30, 2009

"This is a great recipe! It's easy and even my kids think it has enough heat. I used hotter peppers than the jalapenos. I will make this often. Thanks!"

boboslove2003 User ID: 4090727 61760
Reviewed Aug. 20, 2009

"try a habanero pepper, that'll do it."

johnboy2 User ID: 261626 77659
Reviewed Aug. 13, 2009

"Try some chopped onions and a dash of hot sauce and some garlic chopped fine-you want heat, oh baby is that heat! It'll keep you warm all winter!"

pipsaire User ID: 3817774 155913
Reviewed Jul. 10, 2009 Edited Jul. 23, 2009

"This is a geat recipe. I cut it in half and added some cummin (1 tsp) and about a cup of cilantro. The flavor is great but needs more kick. Maybe best not to seed one or two Jalapenos if you want to kick it up notch. I used 4 seeded peppers nd still no heat.

Ben Griffith"

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