Simple Salsa

Quick and easy tomato and green chile salsa, with canned cooked tomatoes, green chiles, scallions, garlic, oil, vinegar, oregano, and cilantro.

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: Makes 2-3 cups.

Ingredients

  • 1 28-oz can whole tomatoes, preferably fire-roasted (Muir Glen makes an excellent product.)
  • 1 7-oz can green chiles, chopped (or one large 6 inch or two smaller anaheim chiles, roasted under a broiler or directly on a gas stove burner so that the outer skin has completely blackened. Put into a brown paper bag for a few minutes after roasting to loosen the blackened skin. Remove and discard the blackened skin. Remove the stem, seeds, and ribs. Chop.)
  • 1 clove of garlic, or 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 2 green onions (scallions), chopped, including the green parts (about 1/3 cup)
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano (can supplement with fresh)
  • 1/4 cup of very loosely packed fresh chopped cilantro
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Method

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1 Remove just the tomatoes from the can of whole tomatoes, place in a medium sized non-reactive mixing bowl. Using your fingers, or a fork and a sharp small knife, shred or break up the tomatoes.

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2 Mix in chopped green chiles, green onions, garlic (or garlic salt), olive oil and vinegar. Add back in about 1/4 cup of the tomato sauce from the can of whole tomatoes. Sprinkle on about 1/4 teaspoon of dried oregano. Mix in and taste. Adjust if needed. Add cilantro, and salt and pepper to taste.

Refrigerate when not using. Will keep several days.

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Comments

  1. Vaclav

    Tried this last night and was very pleased with the result. So easy to throw together. Next time, will add a couple of jalopenos for some kick.

  2. Gale

    I really enjoy this salsa but I sometimes add a bit of cayenne pepper and other things for a little spice (it gives it a kick in the pants).

  3. Gary

    This is very good, I added some chipotle powder for a little heat, but the flavor and texture is great

  4. Robin

    I use cumin, lime juice, garlic, tomatoes, jalapenos, cilantro and kosher salt. I am interested to see what vinegar will do.

    Thanks for the tip. I don’t always have limes in the fridge.

  5. Katie

    Has anyone tried canning this recipe? I have a huge bag of ‘seconds’ tomatoes from the farmers’ market, and am looking for a salsa recipe that wouldn’t mind a hot-process canner. The herbs would be more cooked than they are here, but I don’t think anything else would change radically. Thoughts?

  6. Jeanette

    Canning salsa is easy. I submitted a canned salsa recipe under “fresh tomato salsa” so you can look there for the actual recipe.

    I use a hot water bath to can my salsa. For those who have never done this, it is rather easy. I use jars that have metal snap lids. I find I can always trust the seal with these and once processed and sealed, your salsa will keep a couple of years – if it lasts that long:)))

    First sterilize your jars. Soak the lids of the jars in a bowl of hot water – that helps to soften the rubber on the metal lid and I find it faciliates getting a good seal every time. Put your cooked salsa into jars, leaving 1/2 inch headroom in the jar. If necessary, wipe the jar clean of any excess salsa that might have dripped on the top or the sides of the jars. Pay particular attention to having the top of the jar completely clean. That is where the lid will sit and you do not want anything to prevent a good seal. Now put on the metal snap lid. Next put on the metal ring and fasten tightly.

    Put your jars in a canner and fill the canner with hot water. Jars should be completely submersed in water, I like them to be covered by at least one inch of water. Put the lid on the canner. Put on a cooktop and bring to a full rolling boil. Turn down heat, just so the water keeps a gentle boil. Process for 15 minutes. Remove jars and let them cool at room temperature for 24 hours. You can hear the lids “snap” as they seal. It is important not to disturb the jars while they are cooling.

    Next day, wipe down the your jars, tighten lid a bit if necessary, label and store in a cool dark room or closet.

    If you do not have a canner, you can certainly improvise. You can use something like a large metal roaster, should be big enough and have tall enough sides to do a good sized turkey. You will need to put some old metal canning rings or something similar in the bottom of your roaster and put your jars of salsa on top the rings. The jars should not be sitting directly in the roaster as with direct exposure to heat of your cooktop, they could crack. Cover with either the roaster lid or foil that you crimp around the sides and then follow the procedure above.

    The nice thing about an “official” canner is it comes with a metal rack that you put your jars in. The rack separates the jars so they dont rattle against one another and the rack also prevents the jars from being directly exposed to the heat of your cooking surface.

  7. Tina

    This salsa is delicious. I have made it for the enchiladas, as well as on its own to enjoy with chips. My boyfriend said it’s the best salsa he’s ever had! Oh yeah, and it’s easy, too! :)

  8. Lauren

    This is so close to what I do, but I use lime juice instead of the vinegar. I’ll try the vinegar out, though, since it’s so much *ahem* less perishable than limes. Thanks for sharing such a simple, but effective recipe.

    And yes, Muir Glen! My favorite canned tomatoes!