Garnish this slow-cooked salsa with fresh cilantro and jalapeños

Pro-tip: Avoid touching your face when you've been working with hot peppers

Published February 9, 2020 5:42PM (EST)

Slow-Cooked Salsa (Skyhorse Publishing)
Slow-Cooked Salsa (Skyhorse Publishing)

Excerpted with permission from Fix-It and Forget-It Best 5-Ingredient Comfort Food Recipes: 75 Quick & East Slow Cooker Meals by Hope Comerford. Copyright January 7, 2020 by Good Books, an imprint of Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.

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Recipe: Slow-Cooked Salsa

Andy Wagner, Quarryville, PA

Makes 2 cups

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cooking Time: 1½–3 hours

Standing Time: 2 hours

Ideal slow-cooker size: 3-qt.

  • 10 plum tomatoes
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 small onion, cut into wedges
  • 1–2 jalapeños
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt, optional

1. Core tomatoes. Cut a small slit in two tomatoes. Insert a garlic clove into each slit.

2. Place all tomatoes and onions in a 3-qt. slow cooker.

3. Cut stems off jalapeños. (Remove seeds if you want a milder salsa.) Place jalapeños in the slow cooker.

4. Cover and cook on High for 2½–3 hours or until vegetables are softened. Some may brown slightly. Cool at least 2 hours with the lid off.

5. In a blender, combine the tomato mixture, cilantro, and salt if you wish. Cover and process until blended.

6. Refrigerate leftovers.

Serving suggestion:

Garnish with cilantro and jalapeño.


Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn your skin. Avoid touching your face when you've been working with hot peppers.

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By Hope Comerford

Hope Comerford is the author of "Fix-It and Forget-It Best Slow Cooker Chicken Recipes: Quick and Easy Dinners, Casseroles, Soups, Stews, and More!"

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