Green Zebra Salsa

For this summers garden I choose a varirety of tomatos in hopes to make some delicious salsa in the fall but much to my surprise I didn’t get very many red ones.  So here I was with 5 gallons of large yellow tomatos and about 5 gallons of this cool looking green striped tomato.  The Green Zebra tomato is of the heirloom family and actually tastes remarkably like a Beefsteak tomato.

Green Zebra
Green Zebra Tomato

Strange huh, I thought so too but given that I did’t have red tomatos and the fact that I really wanted to can some salsa I did the next best thing.  I invented a new salsa, who says salsa has to be red?  Not in my house.  So here it is, I am curious to know if you like it.  This recipe yeilded about 12 pints.

Green Zebra Salsa


  • Yellow and Green Zebra tomatos.  Enough to fill two large cookie sheets
  • 4 head of garlic peeled; use Russian Garlic if you can find it and if you do only use 3 head and possibly fewer peppers as this garlic has a bit of heat to it.(Russian Garlic is redish)
  • 2 Pasilla Peppers
  • 2 Jalepeno or Serano; deppending on the heat you prefer
  • 2 large red onions
  • 1 large sweet onion
  • 2 bushels of Cilantro
  • The juice of 4 limes
  • 1 TBS Ancho Pepper
  • 2 TBS Kosher Salt


  1. Wash and dry all vegitables.
  2. Turn oven to 350 degrees
  3. Quarter the onions
  4. Core the tomatos
  5. Place tomatos, onions and peppers on two cookie sheets.  Roast them in the oven for about 45 minutes.
  6. While the tomatos and peppers are roasting in the oven I juice the limes and peel the garlic.
  7. Once all vegetables are roasted let the peppers cool and remove the seeds.

Next is to combine all the the ingredients in a food process and mix.  Given that my food processor is half gallon size I have to do this in batches.  Normally the way I do it is to combine all the garlic, cilantro, lime, Ancho Pepper and Salt in to one batch (often times I do this while everything is roasting).  The next few batches consist of the tomatos, onions and peppers.  Each batch is added into a large bowl where I ensure all the ingredients are mixed. The final product is a greenish yellow salsa that is fantastic on my things and very good with chips.



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