Friday, September 6, 2013

Joyce's Homemade Jalapeno Salsa

Joyce is the angel who helps care for my father. She does more than take care of Dad--she takes sweet care of Mom by cooking and helping with heavy housework.  

You can see why we're grateful to and for Joyce.

The last time I visited, Joyce taught us how she makes fresh jalapeno salsa.  Joyce's salsa puts the bottled stuff to shame and it's so easy to make we'll never buy salsa again.

The only caveat is "know what you like"--for just a little heat, use just a couple of peppers.  For a lot of heat, use a lot of peppers.  Mother and I were ambitious.  We made an 8 pepper salsa, which was about 4 peppers more than our taste buds could handle.

Here's Joyce's recipe, along with her good wishes for you.

Joyce's Jalapeno Salsa
Makes between 1 and 2 cups, depending on size of tomatoes and how many peppers you use.

2-8 fresh jalapeno peppers
2 fresh tomatoes
salt (to taste)
1 clove fresh garlic, pressed or minced (optional, but we like the flavor in our salsa)

Put the peppers & tomatoes in a 2 quart saucepan and cover with water.  Bring to a boil.  

When the tomatoes look done (skin wrinkles a bit), remove the tomatoes and slide the skin off.

Boil the peppers until the color lightens and turns an olive tint, then pour the water off.  Return the tomatoes to the pan, add salt to taste and minced garlic (if you like salsa with garlic) and mash it all together.

Pour the salsa into a clean lidded jar and store in the refrigerator.  Best if used within a week or so.

We like it with chips, on chicken, with pinto beans, over enchiladas, in fact almost any dish where you want a spark of color and hit of heat.

Copyright 2009-2013 Kathleen Scott, for Hill Country Mysteries. Unauthorized reproduction is prohibited.


  1. K: This looks delicious and easy. Thanks for sharing it with us.

    Since you're boiling the tomatoes, does that mean you could sub in canned tomatoes when they are out of season and/or tasteless from the grocery store?

  2. The peppers are beautiful. I could have used that salsa on my dish of pinto beans today. They needed a little perking up.

  3. Deb, Joyce says yes but may be a bit juicy so try draining the juice first and adding it back as needed.

  4. It is good to have an angel like Joyce around to help. I hope your sweet Mum is still in good health?
    Thanks for the recipe, have a good week.
    xoxoxo ♡

  5. Hi Kathleen,
    Looks like a great recipe, but very likely (a little) too hot for my "still-German" tongue. Mary might like it, though.
    Best regards from Karnes City,

  6. So glad you have an angel like Joyce to help your parents and you. This salsa looks easy. I make something similar but with fresh tomatoes, peppers, onions, garlic and cilantro. Having made it makes me reluctant to pay $5 for a jar that's for sure. x0 N2


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