Fresh summer salsa



25 min


1 h


4 500-mL jars

Fresh summer salsa

Photo, Roberto Caruso.

Sweet, sour, spicy and crunchy, this salsa is great on burgers or quesadillas or served with tortilla chips as a snack.


  • 6 large tomatoes
  • 2 1/2 cups diced onion , about 3
  • 1 1/2 cups corn kernels , about 2 cobs
  • 1 1/2 cups diced red bell pepper , about 2 small peppers
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic , minced
  • 1 tbsp minced, seeded jalapeño
  • 1 tbsp chopped cilantro
  • 2 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 500-mL Mason jars


  • FILL a canner with water, leaving a 2-in. headspace. Boil over high.
  • BOIL a large pot of water. Cut an X in the bottom of each tomato, and remove cores with a paring knife. Add tomatoes, in batches, to boiling water. Do not crowd pot. Boil 30 seconds. Using a slotted spoon, remove to a large bowl filled with cold water. When cool enough to handle, peel off skins and discard. Dice tomatoes. Measure out 5 cups. Reserve any extra for another use.
  • DISCARD water and return pot to stove. Add 5 cups tomatoes, onions, corn, bell peppers, vinegar, garlic, jalapeno, cilantro, sugar, cumin and salt. Gently boil over medium until slightly thickened, 10 min.
  • SPOON into hot, clean Mason jars, leaving a 1/2-in. headspace at the top of each jar. Stir each jar with a non-metallic utensil to remove air bubbles. Wipe rim clean with damp paper towel, then cover with lid. Close with screw band.
  • ADD jars to boiling water in canner, ensuring that they are covered by at least 2 in. of water. Bring to a rolling boil, then process, covered, for 20 min. Turn off heat, remove canner lid and let stand, 5 min. Remove jars and cool. Check for seal after 24 hours. Lids should not flex up and down when centre is pressed. If they do, store in the fridge. Processed jars keep well up at room temperature for up to 1 year.

Easy way to de-seed jalapeno peppers

Nutrition (per ¼ cup)

  • Calories
  • 21,
  • Protein
  • 1 g,
  • Carbohydrates
  • 5 g,
  • Fibre
  • 1 g,
  • Sodium
  • 75 mg.