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Holle's Fresh Salsa Recipe - Best Salsa Ever!

Updated on March 28, 2011

I love homegrown tomatoes! When we lived in the country, I had a huge garden where I grew all sorts of veggies. I had two long rows of different species of tomatoes, and we ate tomatoes every day when they were in season. I also froze tomatoes. Since I also grew onions and a variety of peppers, it was only natural that I eventually decided to try my hand at making salsa.

Through trial and error, I came up with a great recipe. Whenever I took the salsa I had made from my recipe to a party, every last morsel was greedily consumed! I still grow tomatoes and peppers on my deck, and sometimes I have enough to make my salsa recipe.

I’m sharing the recipe with you, but I have to be honest – I never weighed the tomatoes, so I’m estimating. If you’re making just a small batch, you might not want to bother will boiling the tomatoes first. I always made a huge batch of salsa at the time, so dropping the tomatoes in the boiling water saved me a lot of time from peeling the tomatoes. You can double, triple, or quadruple this recipe if you want.

Holle’s fresh salsa recipe

What you’ll need:

About 2 pounds fresh tomatoes, any variety (I used a mixture)

1 finely diced onion (I like red onions)

Peppers - jalepeno, Serrano, or other hot peppers (I used about 5)

2 teaspoons minced garlic (you might want to use less)

1 tablespoon vinegar

1 tablespoon lime juice

1 tablespoon sugar or Splenda

Fresh cilantro to taste, finely chopped

Canned tomato sauce, to desired thickness

Salt to taste

Directions:

Set a large pot of water on the stove and bring to a boil. Wash tomatoes. Plunge whole washed tomatoes in boiling water and boil for about one minute.

Remove tomatoes and plunge immediately in cold water. This will loosen the skin and make it slide off easily. Remove skins and stem ends.

Chop tomatoes to desired consistency, removing seeds.

Add the rest of the ingredients except for the tomato sauce. Stir.

If you want the salsa a little thicker and richer, which I always do, add tomato sauce.

This salsa will keep in the fridge for several days if you keep it covered, but it probably won’t last that long!

 

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      HH and Nancy, I appreciate that you two are loyal fans!

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      nancy_30 7 years ago from Georgia

      I've never tried to make salsa before, so thank you for this recipe. I will have to try it because it sounds delicious.

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      You sound like my daughter. She HATES mayo but eats ranch dressing on everything!

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      theherbivorehippi 7 years ago from Holly, MI

      I know I know...I've always been this way..so odd! lol

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      That sound great and got to try it. Thanks for the tip.

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      So you hate tomatoes and love salsa?? You bewwy cwazy wabbit, Herbi!

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      theherbivorehippi 7 years ago from Holly, MI

      um....YUM!! i have to admit I have never eaten a tomato by itself in my life...I just do not like them HOWEVER..I put salsa on everything! Rice, beans, salad...this does sound much better the store bought kind!!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Lucky wife! I wish my husband cook cook in the kitchen. He's great with the smoker, however!

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      Michael Shane 7 years ago from Gadsden, Alabama

      Thanks for the recipe Habee! I'll have to make it for the wifet! She loves it!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Bpop, let me know how you like it!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Sandy, you can make a milder version of the salsa by reducing the amount of diced pepper and using a sweet onion instead of a red one.

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      charlie, Early Girls are my fave. They're high in acid and high in sugar!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, Deb! How ya been?

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Aaron, I enjoy experimenting with recipes!

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      breakfastpop 7 years ago

      I am going to try this recipe, I love salsa and I put it on practically everything!

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Thanks for this spicy recipe.

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      ralwus 7 years ago

      Oh Holle, this sounds great. bookmarked. I love homegrown tomatoes and grow my own. I like the little sweet ones best, Santa variety and the Hillbillies, an old heirloom variety.

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 7 years ago

      Habee, Another great tasty recipe to try! You are the best! Thank you for sharing, In His love, Peace & Blessings!

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      AARON99 7 years ago

      Salsa recipe! Wow! just amazing. How could you know this? And thanks for sharing this wonderful hub with us. Well done. Enjoy.