Just about everyone loves the zesty flavor of fresh salsa on a crispy tortilla chip. From sweet and tangy to super spicy, there is a salsa for every palette. So what could make this classic summertime snack even better? Homemade salsa made from your very own salsa garden of course!
Homegrown produce makes for a much fresher flavor when it comes to making salsa. Tomatoes, garlic, jalapenos, onions and peppers, as well as a variety of herbs and other vegetables can be grown at home specifically for your desired type of salsa. If you already have an established home garden, simply find a couple salsa recipes that interest you and determine how many of the ingredients you can grow on your own.
While most traditional salsa recipes use tomatoes as the primary ingredient base, there are several variations of salsa which don’t use tomatoes at all. Below I’ve included two different salsa recipes. Each one is completely different from the other and has its own unique kick of flavor.
Roasted Red Pepper Salsa
- 14.5oz of large chunky tomatoes, peeled and de-seeded
- 2/3 cup drained and finely chopped roasted red bell peppers
- 2 large green onions, thinly sliced
- ¼ cup finely chopped fresh cilantro/parsley
- 2 cloves of minced garlic
- 1-2 teaspoons hot sauce of your choice
- Combine all ingredients, stir well
- Cover and chill for no less than 30 minutes
- ¼ cup vinaigrette
- ¼ cup thinly sliced green onions
- ¼ cup diced red, yellow, or orange bell pepper
- 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro/parsley
- 1 teaspoon grated lime peel
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 15oz can drained and rinsed black beans
- 1 cup corn
- 1 ripe avocado, halved, pitted, peeled and diced
- Whisk together vinaigrette, green onions, cilantro/parsley, lime peel, and salt in a large bowl
- Add beans, corn, and pepper, toss until thoroughly coated
- Add avocado, toss lightly
Canning Your Homemade Salsa
Having established your own salsa garden, why not take advantage of it all year round? Salsa can be canned or jarred to keep its freshness for quite a while. Below I’ve laid out easy-to-follow instructions on how to preserve your own delicious salsa to be enjoyed throughout the seasons.
For this you will need:
- Water bath canner
- Pint-sized canning jars
- Jar grabber
- Lid lifter
- 1 Large pot
- Large spoons and ladles
- Jar funnel
- Sterilize jars in the dishwasher and then rinse thoroughly to remove all soap.
- Place lids in a boiling water bath for several minutes.
- Fill jars with salsa, leaving at least ¼ inch of space at the top.
- Seal the jars, making sure that the rim of each jar as well as the underside of each ring is clean (this ensures a good seal).
- Boil the jars in your water bath canner.
- Adjust your processing time based on your current altitude: 0 – 1,000ft : 15 minutes
- Store in the fridge until you’re ready to enjoy.