Salsa Casera de Jesusita (Jesusita’s House Salsa)

If you ever come to my home you will find this salsa in my refrigerator, freezer, or on my countertop with some tortilla chips. This is the salsa I grew up eating and I can’t live without it. I add this salsa to my spinach omelet every morning and top my dinner with it too. I’m like my mother and have to eat chile with every meal, yes, even if it’s not a Mexican meal. I need spice—I crave it. If you own a copy of our cookbook this salsa might look familiar to you.

Every year we stock our garage freezer with bushels of fire roasted long green chile from Pueblo. It’s a tradition now since I’ve been living in Colorado. In El Paso we always bought Hatch green chile. I honestly can’t tell the difference, but I’m not a green chile connoisseur. Both are amazing and of course depending on the season one may be spicier than the other.

This is the simple house salsa I grew up eating. My grandma, Jesusita made this same salsa daily. First she’d roast the long green chiles, and then she’d peel them. Instead of using a food processor or blender, she would squeeze the roasted chiles and tomatoes with her bare hands to make the salsa. Just being near the chiles made my eyes water, but her hands seemed magically impervious to the burn.

From my child’s perspective, her hands looked so strong and yet so gentle to me. As I watched her make the salsa, she’d tell me stories about how she picked cotton as a little girl and washed clothes by hand using a metal washboard in boiling water. It was then I realized why her hands looked so strong—she had labored with them her entire life to feed and clothe her family.

My grandma had a garden and would home grow tomatoes and can them. My mom makes her same recipe but she simplified it by using Hunt’s whole tomatoes and sauce because she likes the flavor and the consistency more than any other brand. Mother knows best, and this is how I make it too. I always make sure to make plenty to stock in my freezer.

Salsa Casera de Jesusita (Jesusita’s House Salsa)

Yield: Makes 3 cups

This salsa casera is a perfect appetizer with a basket of your favorite tortilla chips or as the base for several of our recipes.


  • 6 to 7 Anaheim chiles, roasted and peeled
  • 1 or 2 jalapeño peppers, roasted (optional)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely diced
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can Hunt's® Whole Tomatoes
  • ¼ cup Hunt's® Tomato Sauce


  1. In a food processor or blender, pulse the roasted and peeled chiles, jalapeño peppers (optional), salt, garlic, canned tomatoes, and tomato sauce for a few seconds. You do not want to puree it—chunky is best with this flavorful salsa.

Written by Yvette / Photos by Jeanine

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  1. This salsa looks so tasty, I love the roasted chiles and peppers!

  2. Well it doesn’t get any easier than that. I’ll have to give this a try. Thanks Yvette.

  3. It is always wonderful to see family recipes, and this salsa looks so good, so casera, so real. I can almost taste it.

  4. This salsa is the bomb. It makes everything taste good.

  5. Do you have a recipe for sweet gorditas?

  6. Do you use canned product for simplicity or flavor? I’d rather use fresh produce, and in that case would I cook the tomatoes?

    • Hi Thya,

      Its more about simplicty. Our grandma always used home stewed tomatoes. You could also try roasting tomatoes to give your salsa an added smoky flavor. Either way I promise you will love this salsa. Keep us posted!

  7. Just found your blog, some very interesting recipes. Cant wait to try some out. I noticed this recipe was sponsored by Hunts. Well. whether it was or not, the only canned tomatoes i ever use are Hunt’s or Muir Organic. The Hunt’s petite diced ones, are incredible.

  8. Have to go with Hatch green chile’s over Anaheim’s

  9. Do you hold the juice from canned tom’s?

  10. brandon boldwarrior Reply

    Were do i get your cook book? I live in okkahoma?

    • Hi Brandon, you can order on Amazon or call your nearby Barnes & Noble to see if they carry it. Here is the link to Amazon: you so much!!!

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