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Corn Tomato Salsa

While we are growing corn this year on the homestead, we don’t have a lot of it, so while out on the mainland I saw the annual signs along the highway for fresh corn. I wasn’t the only one peeling off the highway for it. At 4 ears for $1 you stop! It was being harvested across the street. Driving home I was thinking of things to do with it, and corn salsa came to mind. Our tomato season is in swing now, and I am picking 5 pounds every other day right now, so salsa is getting canned often. I strive for 75 to 100 jars a year of salsa….and I am barely getting there but the ripening weeks are on now, and I will quickly catch up.

Corn Tomato Salsa


  • 5 pounds ripe tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 2 cups fresh corn kernels (scraped off of 2 to 4 fresh ears of corn)
  • 1 cup red onion, finely chopped
  • ½ cup bottled lime juice
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and finely chopped


Add 6 pint mason jars to a canning kettle, fill jars with water, and the kettle halfway with water, bring to a boil, then let simmer.

Place rings and new canning lids in a saucepan, cover with water, bring to a simmer.

Add ingredients to a large pot, bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.

Drain jars back into the canning kettle, place on a clean kitchen towel.

Ladle the salsa into the jars. Run an air bubble popper in each jar, add more salsa if needed to leave a ½” headspace.

Wet a new paper towel, run around the rim.

Place a lid and ring on each jar, tighten finger-tight, place into canning kettle. Make sure the jars are fully covered with water. Bring to a boil, let process for 15 minutes.

Remove from kettle, place on a clean kitchen towel. Let cool fully, then remove bands (wash and airdry), and check for each jar’s lid to be flat and sealed. If any are not, place in refrigerator and use up within a week or two.

Store in a cool dry place for up to a year.

Makes about 6 pint jars.


I don’t peel tomatoes for salsa, and often use cherry tomatoes to make it, a mix of many colors. Just core and tidy as needed, then finely chop up.