Slow-cooker salsa

a lovely rich, spicy salsa.

I’m all for a jar of salsa and that’s usually what I will use if I’m having Mexican, but it’s so easy to do and I really fancied having a go in the slow cooker- this also means no need for the unnecessary amount of oil, salt and sugar that you might get in a shop-bought one. If you follow this blog you will know how much I love my slow-cooker- I think it’s just being able to throw everything in and leave it- pretty lazy cooking for amazing results!

This makes a good sized batch of salsa- I keep it in a jar in the fridge where it will last for about a week (probably a bit more). I then use it as a topping for fajitas, a dip, and it’s also great if you dollop it on a chicken breast, cover with cheese and bake.

I haven’t yet found anywhere near where I live that sells fresh jalapenos, if I did I would use these here. But it’s easy to get hold of the jars of sliced jalapenos- I’ve had lovely big jars from Home Bargains and Tesco, and these still taste amazing and give a great level of spice.

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My Recipe

Serves: 8-10
Syns: none
Healthy Extra: none


  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tins chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 handful jalapenos (from a jar) roughly chopped


  1. Pop all of the ingredients into the slow cooker
  2. Cook on low for 3.5 hours
  3. If the salsa seems quite watery at the end of cooking then give it a bubble on high without the lid on for 20 mins or so.
  4. Allow to cool, transfer to a jar and keep in the fridge.

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2 Replies to "Slow-cooker salsa"

  • Midgie 24th September 2016 (7:28 pm)

    Ooooh I HAVE to have a go at this – I never thought of making salsa in the slow cooker! We are overrun with chillies, we grow our own in the kitchen window they are soooo easy! And now i know what I am going to do with some of them!

    • theslimmingfoodie 25th September 2016 (8:35 am)

      I love having homemade chillies! I always manage to kill my plants 🙁 I’ve been meaning to try it in the slow cooker for ages!