Easy Garden Salsa

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What time of year is it? Canning time!

With all the great left-over garden yummies, salsa is an easy choice. I am going to share my sweet and spicy salsa recipe with all of you. I will make this is easy as possible especially, for all the new canners out there.

Let us start with the canning equipment you will need:

  • Hot water bath or pressure cooker
  • Jars
  • Lids
  • Rings
  • Funnel
  • Jar tongs

Cooking equipment needed:

  • Stock pot
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • Large spoon

Salsa ingredients:

  • 3 quarts of peeled and cored tomatoes chopped
  • 2 cups of onions
  • 1 cup sweet peppers
  • 1 bulb of garlic
  • 2-3 hot peppers depending on size and type (milder varieties use 3 hotter varieties 2)
  • 1 Tbsp parsley
  • 1-2 cups of white sugar depending on how sweet you like it (I use 2)
  • 2 Tsp salt
  • Pepper to taste
  • 1 large can of tomato paste (in case salsa is too runny)


  1. Place all your ingredients into the stock pot.
  2. Cook for one and a half hours over medium heat.
  3. Stirring occasionally to help keep from the bottom scorching.
  4. Once you have cooked the salsa for an hour place your canner on the stove add the jars, lids, and rings into the water bath. Bring to a rolling boil.
  5. Your salsa should now be about ready. Pull all your jars, lids, and rings out, they are ready to be filled.
  6. If your salsa is too chunky use an immersion blender to smooth the salsa before you jar it up.
  7. Funnel the salsa into the jars and tighten the lids and rings.
  8. Place the jars into the water bath and cook at a rolling boil for 45 mins. If you rather pressure can them do so at 10lbs for 10 mins.

Photos property of Carrie Miller.

Carrie Miller grew up in a small rural town in Northwest Pennsylvania, married her high school sweetheart and had two amazing children. She spends her time raising chickens, pigs, beef cows, and Oberhasli dairy goats at Miller Microfarm. She raises vegetable gardens, fruits, and berry patches while never using herbicides, pesticides, or chemicals of any kind. She spends a lot of time preserving the bounties through canning and freezing methods. She recently added bees to the farm in hopes of producing fresh honey and beeswax products.