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Fire Roasted Salsa Canning Recipe

Fire roasted salsa canning recipe using farm fresh tomatoes and poblano peppers, roasted on the grill for a delicious salsa that's perfect for canning.

Jars of canned fire roasted salsa.

I love tomato season and this year I made salsa.  Fire roasted salsa that I canned.  I used tomatoes and poblano peppers from the farm stand and roasted them on a hot grill until they were charred and blistered all over.

I love the flavor of grilled tomatoes and peppers.  Then you just peel off the skins, chop chop, add a bunch of good stuff to the pot and you've got fire roasted salsa.  It's perfect for canning to enjoy year round.

Farm fresh ingredients for salsa.

I think canning is pretty easy, my neighbor taught me how to make and can strawberry jam years ago.  She doesn't use the boiling water method, but she's old school and you should use a hot water bath for safe canning purposes.  There is a little science involved here for safe canning so please use the amounts suggested.

Process collage of roasting tomatoes and peppers.

Cooking and blending salsa.

I didn't wear gloves when I was handling the poblanos and jalapeños.  Big mistake.  My hands were burning, even under my nails, so wear gloves!  I didn't think they packed that much heat, but they do.  Better safe than sorry.

Up close jars of fire roasted salsa.

There are still plenty of tomatoes from the farm or maybe you have your own bumper crop going on.  This fire roasted salsa is so good and cans beautifully.  We've gone through a couple jars already.  My favorite part of canning is opening a jar in January ~ a welcome taste of summer in the middle of winter.  Kelly🍴🐦

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Jars of canned fire roasted salsa.

Fire Roasted Salsa Canning Recipe

Homemade salsa using fresh summer tomatoes and peppers, roasted on the grill.
4.82 from 70 votes
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Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings: 5 pint jars
Calories: 47kcal


  • 5 pounds tomatoes
  • 3 poblano peppers
  • 2 jalapeños, finely chopped ~ wear gloves!
  • 1 large white onion, chopped, 1½ cups
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • ½ cup chopped cilantro
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 - 2 tablespoons sugar


  • Heat gas grill on high. If using charcoal, do not use lighter fluid or the tomatoes and peppers will pick up that taste!
  • Rinse tomatoes and peppers. Core tomatoes and score a small "X" in the blossom end. Place tomatoes and peppers on hot grill and close lid. Turn frequently until peppers are charred and blistered and pretty much black all over. Tomatoes should have some blackened spots and blistered enough to remove the skins. Remove from grill. Place peppers in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap to steam for several minutes. Let tomatoes cool a bit on a cutting board until you can handle.
  • Peel and chop the tomatoes and place in a large bowl, being sure to include all the juices. You should have 7 to 8 cups of chopped tomatoes and juices from 5 pounds of tomatoes. You need at least 7 cups for safe canning purposes.
  • Wearing gloves, peel poblano peppers, the blackened skins should come right off. Pull out stem and discard. Cut poblanos open and remove seeds. Finely chop peeled and seeded poblanos. You should have 1 cup, and no more than 1½ cups, again, for canning purposes.
  • Place fire roasted tomatoes and poblanos in a large pot and add the remaining ingredients, adding just 1 tablespoon of sugar to start. Bring to a boil and then turn down and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Using an immersion blender or food processor, carefully purée the salsa to a smoother consistency. In a food processor and working in batches, pulse 8 - 10 times and when all finished, return to the pot. Taste for seasonings and if too vinegary, add another tablespoon or so of sugar. If too sweet, add a little more vinegar to balance. Bring blended salsa back to a boil and simmer a few more minutes.
  • Have sterilized pint jars and lids and screw caps ready (they should all be washed in very hot water). Use a canning funnel and ladle hot salsa into jars, leaving a ½-inch head space. Wipe rims clean with a damp cloth and carefully place lid on and screw cap in place.  Process in a boiling water bath for 15 minutes, then place upright on counter for 24 hours (see recipe notes for link to USDA Canning Guidelines). You will hear popping sounds as the jars seal. If after 24 hours, any haven't sealed, put in refrigerator to use now.
  • Store jars of salsa in pantry and use within a year. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

  • Yields 8 - 10 cups or 4 - 5 pint jars
  • A hot water bath is recommended for proper sealing and canning safety. Please refer to USDA Home Canning Guidelines for direction.


Serving: 0.5cup Calories: 47kcal Carbohydrates: 10g Protein: 2g Fat: 1g Saturated Fat: 1g Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 1g Sodium: 300mg Potassium: 410mg Fiber: 2g Sugar: 7g Vitamin A: 1321IU Vitamin C: 40mg Calcium: 25mg Iron: 1mg
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*Adapted from Simply Recipes 

USDA Home Canning Guidelines


Recipe Rating


Sunday 3rd of March 2024

Aloha Kelly!

I just found your recipe and will try it this week since we harvested a lot of tomatoes from the garden. I just have a few quick questions before I make your salsa.

Do I need to add the sugar to make this safe for canning or can I omit it?

Poblanos and Anaheim peppers vary in size at our markets. Do I need to follow a specific weight for the three poblanos or Anaheims?

Can I safely add more jalapeños to make a spicier salsa? If that's not possible can I substitute another variety such as serranos and use more since they tend to be smaller?

Mahalo Kelly! I'm looking forward to trying your recipe. I searched online and yours is the one for me. I look forward to hearing from you. Kiyo


Wednesday 6th of March 2024

Mahalo Kelly for your reply. We will be making your salsa tomorrow! I appreciate you letting me know about the pepper quantities. Can't wait to try the salsa. Aloha, Kiyo


Tuesday 5th of March 2024

Hi Kiyo. The sugar is to balance the vinegar. You can leave it out if you wish. Once blended to your liking, adjust to your taste if needed.

Yes, peppers vary in size. About 1 pound should be adequate. Please go by the prepped, chopped amount, you want 1 cup and no more than 1 1/2 cups.

It should be fine to add a little more jalapeno, but not too much depending on how much of the other peppers you end up using.

Hope that helps.


Tuesday 21st of November 2023

Great salsa I just need to add a little more heat for next time

Leia T.

Sunday 22nd of October 2023

Just made this salsa this week! Oh my Gosh! It tastes incredible!!! The fire roasted poblanos & tomatoes add a wonderful in-depth flavor that the Ball Salsa lacks! I did not add sugar, as we felt the tomato’s were sweet enough. I used a combination of fresh eating & past tomatoes. I also added the jalapeños seeds, but it didn’t add any heat. Definitely NOT a spicy salsa, but a very nice recipe. I will for sure be making & canning more!! Thank you!!!


Friday 25th of August 2023

Sent a jar to boys scout camp to go with the troop's breakfast burritos. They now request it.


Wednesday 16th of August 2023

Great recipe. I used a combination of Valencia and striped German tomatoes so my salsa is a pretty orange color. I love the consistency. Thanks!