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Slow-Cooked Salsa Recipe

Slow-Cooked Salsa Recipe

I love the fresh taste of homemade salsa, but as a working mother, I don't have much time to make it. So I came up with this slow-cooked version that practically makes itself! —Toni Menard, Lompoc, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 2-1/2 hours + cooling YIELD:8 servings


  • 10 plum tomatoes
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 small onion, cut into wedges
  • 2 jalapeno peppers
  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, optional


  • 1. Core tomatoes. Cut a small slit in two tomatoes; insert a garlic clove into each slit. Place tomatoes and onion in a 3-qt. slow cooker.
  • 2. Cut stems off jalapenos; remove seeds if a milder salsa is desired. Place jalapenos in the slow cooker.
  • 3. Cover and cook on high for 2-1/2 to 3 hours or until vegetables are softened (some may brown slightly); cool.
  • 4. In a blender, combine the tomato mixture, cilantro and, if desired, salt; cover and process until blended. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: about 2 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: 24 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 9mg sodium, 5g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 vegetable.

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mothersson2002 User ID: 3878953 254308
Reviewed Sep. 19, 2016

"Can it be frozen?"

Essaylandry User ID: 8894981 250533
Reviewed Jul. 17, 2016

"I will definitely make this again. I added green onion and green bell pepper to the base and cumin, red pepper and fresh lime juice at seasoning. Be aware that the flavors seem to meld and intensify as they cool. What seemed too bland last night (so I added seasoning) definitely has a kick this morning. This is a great basic recipe that allows you some room to play with what flavors and seasoning you like and tastes so much better than store bought."

tcarver User ID: 5663692 24990
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2014

"Although this is a easy way to prepare salsa, the recipe was bland. I will add chopped celery and bell peppers next times with some more salt and some pepper."

amk4985 User ID: 5118881 65278
Reviewed Aug. 5, 2014

"great recipe to have on hand. will make it again."

bichoraro29 User ID: 7385396 71408
Reviewed Aug. 24, 2013

"I use my large crockpot and fill it with skinned tomatoes from my garden, jalapenos, onions and garlic. It was a huge hit. I make 10 cups at once but it goes fast..."

Nan Mock User ID: 611392 70298
Reviewed Jul. 30, 2013

"I think this will be a valuable recipe to hangs on to,because it is such a convenient way to make cooked salsa! I gave it 4 stars because I think the tomatoes and peppers would fare better in the final product without their skins. The next time I make it i'll experiment with canned tomatoes or by peeling fresh ones. (Would add more prep time of course.)"

fredaevans User ID: 6360805 65277
Reviewed May. 3, 2013

"I usually 'rant, thumbs up, etc., but .. I'm sorry. This is a total waste of time."

Cook_aholic User ID: 797539 71407
Reviewed May. 3, 2013

"I almost put that I wouldn't make this recipe again but that was only because when I tried it earlier, all I could think about was having to clean the pot for so little an amount. I thought the flavor was great and it is great to put it all in the crockpot and not have to worry about it all day. It is a wonderful recipe to use especially when you can get lots of tomatoes on sale, make bunches of salsa and freeze it."

dihiggins User ID: 4211406 26115
Reviewed May. 3, 2013

"A good basic recipe, but I tried using 2 cans of plum tomatoes in the slow cooker and cooked on low. It came out much better."

RabbitABC User ID: 6815502 33745
Reviewed Aug. 15, 2012

"This was a quick and easy way to make a pretty good salsa. I like to remove the skins from the tomatoes before I puree everything, which is easily done."

ValerieMS User ID: 4364700 24985
Reviewed Aug. 10, 2012

"I add a tablespoon of lime juice. It makes the salsa even more tasty and it the acid in it makes the salsa keep in the refrigerator longer."

ebullock002 User ID: 2212793 86923
Reviewed Jul. 18, 2012

"BEST SALSA I'VE EVER HAD - EVEN BETTER THAN RESTAURANTS. I do not core the tomatoes, but put them in whole with the garlic clove inserted. Also, instead of only 2 garlic cloves for 10 tomatoes, I usually put them in half of the tomatoes because I love garlic."

mamamowe15 User ID: 4646310 71406
Reviewed May. 7, 2011

"This was amazing! So fresh and easy. I will say it's not as good the next day. Can't wait to make it again!"

AsaH User ID: 5450024 26112
Reviewed Oct. 12, 2010

"This is definitely the best homemade salsa I've ever had. and I have had a lot!! It would rival the best of the authentic Mexican restaurant salsas I've had also!"

anadlynn1 User ID: 1563417 203198
Reviewed Jun. 28, 2010

"I have been making this salsa ever since it was published in quick Cooking about 10 years ago. It gets rave reviews everytime I make it. I especially like that it eliminates a lot of the prep work most salsas call for. One suggestion is to refrigerate the salsa before serving it. It really helps the ingredients meld and makes for very tasty salsa. Also, I like to add a little more salt than what the recipe calls for but not until I'm ready to serve it."

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