Family Recipe Fridays: Serious Salsa

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Why serious? Well, because it takes a lot of chopping (or hand work with your food chopper–that thing takes some arm strength!).

But this is some good salsa. My mother-in-law cans some each year using tomatoes and anything else she can use from her garden. Despite my disdain for fresh tomatoes, I really like salsa, and I especially love this one because the tomatoes are in itty bitty pieces. Mr. V steals as much as he can each year; but I haven’t seen any appear in our pantry this summer, so I guess I’ll be making my own soon.

On an extreme side note, one of my favorite things is guacamole mixed with salsa. Apparently BooMama, BigMama, and Rocks in My Dryer took a little trip to visit Ree, THE Pioneer Woman, this week. And she served that exact thing to them. Why wasn’t I invited? I mean, BooMama replied to one of my Tweets once, so, really, we’re tight.


OK, anyway, here’s the recipe!

Serious Salsa


  • 1 c. green pepper, chopped fine
  • 1 large tomato, cored and chopped fine
  • 1 1/2 jalapeno peppers, cored, seeded, and chopped fine
  • 1/4 cu. onion, chopped fine
  • 1 1/2 T cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. chili powder
  • for hot salsa, add:
  • 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 to 1/4 tsp. hot sauce


Combine all ingredients and mix. Cover and let refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours before tasting. Adjust ingredients to taste.


This is one of those recipes you can take with a grain of salt. Use however much of everything you like and want.

Join the carnival! Write a post about a family recipe you have, click on Mr. Linky and add the PERMALINK to your post, and then click around to visit the other recipes here. What a good start to the weekend! If you don’t have a blog, feel free to add your recipe in the comments.

4 thoughts on “Family Recipe Fridays: Serious Salsa

  1. Hi Jessie!
    First of all I've been stalking your blog for a while and thought I'd finally comment due to the fact that I also LOVE my mom's salsa but don't like fresh tomatoes very much! (Actually I don't like most of the ingredients in salsa, but when you put them together I could eat a whole jar)
    I hope you Libbie and my brother are doing well!
    Your little sister-in-law

  2. Ah, good – I've been wanting to make my own salsa for a while. I'll have to try this!

    And yeah – can you just imagine being four that bloggy foursome? I'd say that would be a blog dream come true!! 🙂

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