Y’all, I have to tell you a secret. For 14 years I have been using a prepackaged salsa seasoning mix. When I first started canning salsa, I used the recipe in my Ball Blue Book. After being told about a seasoning mix my sister used and loved, I began using it instead of making salsa the long way. It wasn’t until this past October I decided never again and found the perfect combination of ingredients for the easy Homemade Salsa Dry Seasoning Mix.
Homemade Salsa Dry Seasoning Mix
I know you’re wondering why I would buy salsa seasoning mix instead of just making it the long way. I have two perfectly good (in my mind) reasons for buying a dry mix. First, when I can salsa, I don’t have to worry about batches not tasting the same every time. Second, there have been years when I didn’t can any salsa and just mixed up one or two cans of diced tomatoes at a time. After about 15 minutes those cans of salsa tasted just like the jars I made – every time.
When we lived in Montana, I bought a large container of the seasoning mix when I found it at Walmart during canning season. I knew it was the same ingredients for the small envelope (for one can of diced tomatoes) I paid $2.50. So I bought one last envelope and measured what was in it. Two tablespoons of seasoning were in there and I paid $1.25 per tablespoon for those envelopes. Boy, did I feel foolish. I still do knowing how I’ve been sending money out the window all these years for envelopes and boxes of seasoning mix. No more!
While buying store bought mixes have their benefits like convenience, I like knowing what is inside of my seasoning. I can adjust the levels of heat and sodium to this mixture. The recipe I’m sharing with you can be changed for your tastes and needs.
There is nothing weird in the salsa seasoning mix just onion, red pepper, salt, garlic, black pepper, and parsley.
Each time you use the mix, you'll want to give the container a shake so all the powder seasonings will mix with the dried ingredients.
Homemade Salsa Seasoning Mix
• ½ cup Onion flakes
• ¼ cup Red Pepper flakes
• 2 Tablespoons Salt
• 2 Tablespoons Garlic Powder
• 1 Tablespoon Black Pepper
• 1 Tablespoons Parsley flakes
In a small bowl mix all the ingredients together. Store in an airtight container.
To use – mix up to 2 tablespoons of seasoning mix to 1 can of diced tomatoes and stir. If you have time, make the salsa ahead of time so the flavors can come together. If not, mix everything together and enjoy. Makes 1 cup of dry seasoning mix.