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Dorothy's Fabulous Salsa

If you've ever had the chance to enjoy Dorothy's Salsa and wished you had the recipe here it is. Thank you, Dorothy, for being so willing to share it with everyone.You can make it hotter by adding more jalapeno peppers and you can also add some hot sauce. Another variation is to add some canned black beans or corn . . or both. I'm giving you the half recipe which is just about perfect for a party.

  • 4 cups diced fresh roma tomatoes (one package at Costco)
  • 2 cups diced green pepper
  • 1 cup of finely chopped white onion
  • 1/2 cup diced red bell pepper 
  • 2 jalapeno peppers finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
Mix together
  • 1 cup vinegar
  • 1 can of tomato paste 
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt or more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • a small handful of fresh chopped cilantro. (according to your taste)

That's it. It takes a bit of time to chop it all up but then it keeps in the refrigerator for a week at least. If you can't use it all up, just freeze it in small bags and use it in recipes.
On the weekend, we often grill quesadillas and served this salsa and some guacamole with it.
A perfect summer evening casual dinner idea.


  1. Oh, this salsa is sooo good! I made it last summer after you posted it on your blog and my canned salsa just hardly made it off the shelf in the cooler. I love the fresh flavors and spices in this. I'm thankful to Dorothy too!

  2. Hi Lovella,

    Just wanted to say thanks for creating this blog!! What a great idea. There is SO much I can learn from all these legendary mennonite cooks! I've added it to my blog links (hope you don't mind), so I can keep up-to-date with all the latest recipes.

    Thank you!


  3. I shall give this a try...looks yummy!

  4. Terrific! A favorite especially at this time of the year and good to serve with variations as you noted. Stir it up with a bit of left over rice and stuff a pita with it cold adding avacado...YUM!

  5. i was just wondering how much this were to make if i canned it. thanks!

  6. It usually fills an icecream pail which is about a gallon. I've never cooked it.


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