Mrs. Wages Salsa Mix

Mrs. Wages Salsa Mix

I first discovered the Mrs. Wages line of canning products last year and I’ve used them with some frequency since then. In April, I became a contributor to their monthly newsletter. My little column includes some chatty articles and recipes (much like what you find here). Now, I’m pleased to be giving away a basket of their mixes, pectins and other products. If you’re interested in entering to win, click here and leave a comment. Now, on to the salsa.

Mrs. Wages Salsa Mix

Last summer, I canned peach, tomatillo, tomato and pineapple salsas (all were recipes I was working on for the book). They were delicious, but after all the peeling, chopping and general prepping, an incredible amount of work. Since I’m not writing a canning book this summer, I’m looking to make my preserving decidedly less intense (to be honest, I’m still a bit burnt out). One of the ways I’m planning to do this is by cheating, ever so slightly.

Mrs. Wages Salsa Mix

This Mrs. Wages salsa mix is one of the ways I’m making my life easier. It uses six pounds of fresh, ripe tomatoes, 1/2 cup of vinegar and the packet of salsa mix. That’s it. No major chopping sessions, long simmering times or running out to the store when I realize I forgot the cilantro. By taking a little help from Mrs. Wages, I can bang out five pints of salsa (as well as a half full jar for the fridge) in half an hour and move on to something else while it processes.

Mrs. Wages Salsa Mix

You do need to blanch and peel the tomatoes, but once the pot of blanching water comes to a boil, it takes all of six minutes to move the cored and prepped (don’t skip the little cross on the bottom of the tomato, it makes it far easier to slip those skins off) through the boiling water and into a cool bath. Once the tomatoes are cool enough to handle, you should be able to pull the skins away easily.

Mrs. Wages Salsa Mix

The instructions on the packet say to roughly chop the tomatoes, but because I was lazy (and in a bit of a hurry as I also did five pints of dilly beans that morning), I used the Vitamix to break down the peeled tomatoes (imagine a very chunky puree). Once they were all peeled, pureed and in the pot, it was just a matter adding the vinegar and spice mix.

Mrs. Wages Salsa Mix

As soon as the salsa mix went in, my kitchen filled with the smells of garlic, onion, peppers and other spices. I was impressed by how quickly it transformed my pot of plain tomatoes into a flavorful, aromatic condiment. Later that afternoon, I served the finished salsa to some friends and they complimented me on my perfectly balanced, homemade salsa. I’m sure they thought I was crazy, but I ran excitedly to the trash can and fished out the empty packet so that I could show them how easy it had been to make.

Mrs. Wages Salsa Mix

I am so happy to already have a stash of salsa on the shelf for our winter tacos, dinners of chips and breakfast burritos (it normally takes me until September to start thinking tomatoes). This isn’t to say that I won’t try my hand a fully from-scratch salsa later in the summer, but the ease with which this came together was balm for my canning-focused but over-committed brain. And it tastes so bright and fresh (though it’s not very spicy. If you like a lot of heat in your salsa, I recommend boosting it with a few red hot chili flakes or a dab of cayenne).

There you have it. If you’ve been eying one of these salsa mixes, I say go for it. Particularly if you’re swimming in ripe tomatoes and are decidedly short on time.

And don’t forget to click over to the Mrs. Wages giveaway and leave a comment (preferably featuring a story about your apron-wearing habits) to enter. And keep you eyes peeled, I’ll be posting about my first experience making freezer jam tomorrow.

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92 responses to “Mrs. Wages Salsa Mix”

  1. I love your review! I made this salsa this weekend also, it caught my eye in Wal-Mart and looked so easy I had to try it. I’m brand new to canning, and one thing I really want to do is make salsa. As you mentioned, the recipes usually have tons of ingredients! Unfortunately, I’m not swimming in tomatoes – but maybe next year! I used grocery store produce, and apple cider vinegar and was really happy with the salsa. It was very flavorful with just a little kick. I only got five pints, but I used 6 lbs of plum, so I had a lot more waste from all the little skins. Should have added another pound.

    I wish more Mrs.Wages products were available in my area.

    • If you want to customize Mrs. Wages Salsa you can (in salsa size pieces) chop up 2 green peppers and one med/large onion and add it just before you simmer for the 10 minutes. It gives it a nice added texture and flavor to the mix. This year we had some hot peppers and added some of those also for extra zing! We also remove most of the seeds when cutting the tomatoes up.
      We like this version better than just using the mix.

  2. I’m insanely lazy and hate peeling tomatoes…I discovered last year that your salsa will turn out just fine if you dont peel. Plus you get the extra fiber the skins provide!

  3. I made some last year and I was really pleased. I sent some of it to one of my foodie friends and he said that it was ‘well-balanced, with a hint of vinegar and a nice smoky finish’. I didn’t have the heart to tell him that it was a mix. 🙂

  4. This looks so easy. I have started canning this summer. I am so happy to find your site. Did you put these in a hot water bath? I have a salsa recipe that we love that uses Rotel and tomatillos. I don’t know how to can this though since I do not cook it.

    • I did put these in a hot water bath. They get processed for 40 minutes, but of course, that’s inactive time. As far as your Rotel and tomatillo salsa, if it doesn’t get cooked, it probably won’t do well canned. You’d be better off to can your tomatillos and then use them to make the salsa later on down the line.

  5. Just what I needed to hear,I have been reading about the mixes… have vines loaded now with green tomatoes…so I will give this a try! Thanks you always have the greatest tips!

  6. Yes, good to hear you like them. I am a bit wary of adding pre-packaged mixes to canning recipes (since one of the points of canning is to have fresh stuff!), but I’ll have to try the salsa mix.

    • Kate, I totally understand. I was wary initially, but once I tried them I was pleasantly surprised. Plus, the ingredients don’t contain any funky preservatives as far as I can see. It’s just dehydrated vegetables, spices and salt.

  7. So glad to have found this site! I have been refrigerator and freezer ‘canning’ for a while and am making my first steps into actual canning this year. This site has already helped me to feel less intimidated by it! This recipe will be my first because we practically drink salsa in my house!

  8. To me it seems weird to go to all the trouble of canning with fresh veggies, and use a mix. BUT… to each his own! IMO the fresh (not dried) cilantro is the best part about salsa.

    • Sarah, I totally understand where you’re coming from. The mixes aren’t for everyone. But, if you’re in a hurry or a bit burnt out on canning (that would be me), they are amazing for ensuring that you have something delicious squirreled away for next year. I certainly don’t plan on using them exclusively but they’re a good back-up.

      • My in-laws brought over 27 pounds of fresh tomatoes. I am certainly not a canning snob and this is my first year canning so I take the help I can get. I used this mix but went through the trouble of removing the skins. I added a lot of fresh onions and corn cut straight off the cob. A few quarts got some chipotle in adobo sauce (from a can) … I mixed it up some to take it up a notch in heat. It is the best salsa I have ever had. It tastes so fresh compared to anything store bought. I am tempted to go out and buy tomatoes just so I can make enough to last us through the winter. I came out w 11 quarts and we’ve already polished off 2. Big family though and we can’t keep our hands off of it.

  9. Wonderful news! We go through so much salsa, this year I am hoping to put up around 20 jars, so a time-saving mix is just what I need for at least one batch. I’ve used Mrs. Wages Dill Pickle mix and loved it. I can’t wait to try these other products.

  10. I came across your blog today! I just love it! I went to my local grocery store to see if they had Mrs. Wages salsa mix… and they did! I was skeptical at first, it seemed too easy. Well, let me tell you… I AM HOOKED! My jars are cooling in my kitchen right now! I saved a little bowl for dinner tonight, and it’s almost gone! DELICIOUS! I have made jam a few times, and pickles once, but don’t think I had the proper instruction. I’m so excited to start canning! I want your cook book! Thank you… I will never buy salsa again!!

  11. I’m so happy you posted this. I was in Walmart yesterday picking up some jars when I saw Mrs. Wages products for the first time. I was intrigued but was afraid to take the plunge. I guess I’ll be going back to Walmart real soon!

  12. I’m so excited to have found Mrs Wages! I’m new to canning, and saw the salsa one the other day … bought one (not sure how it’d be) … LOVED it!!! Went back today and they’re all out 🙁 I will keep watching and buy a BUNCH when they get back in stock! I used the 6 cans petite tomatoes – delish! I bought the pickle one today … gonna try that now!

  13. We tried this mix last year and loved the flavor. When they went on sale last year we bought freds and wally world out. This year we had a friend cover us up in maters not counting our own. We have PLENTY of salsa for us and gifts now. We have been trying different things in each batch. Apple sider vinegar instead of white gave it a interesting zing! We like their other mixes as well. We try to make each batch a little different and everytime we open a jar it is a surprise!

  14. I’ve used Mrs. Wage’s salsa mix for years. Friends and family love it and would never know it was a mix if I didn’t tell them!

  15. I have used the mix and we love the results but want to know about adding our own home grown peppers to kick it up a notch or two. Can this be done? What changes to the recipe would have to be made? Does it change the water bath time?

  16. I bought just one pgk. of Mrs. Wages Salsa, not knowing if I would like it or not. Made a batch and want more. If I don’t find it at Wal-Mart I will try to buy some pgk. online. I read if like it more spicy to add cayenne, so in my next batch I want to add some peppers! I loved making salsa too because with Mrs. Wages Salsa it is so easy to make! So thank you Mrs. Wages for making canning easy for me!

    • I called the 800 number on the package to as the same question and was told that adding anything to the mix would throw off the PH balance. This could cause you to spoil your batch. They recommend adding peppers after you open a jar and refrigerate it. Follow the instructions to a “T” and add once you open a jar. Good Luck!!!!

      • I added tons of onions…peppers of every color…jalapeño peppers…and even corn straight off the cob. It turned out super delicious! No problems here.

        • You can NOT add ingredients to a packaged mix and have it still be considered safe. It is find if you want to put in fridge but to WB it or PC it, it is not safe

  17. can I freeze this salsa? I no longer can (kids grown so garden has become smaller with just the two of us). Thanks!

  18. Has anyone ever added more fresh veggies to this mix? I love when salsa is really chunky, so I thought about adding jalapenos, peppers, and onions from my garden. Any suggestions on whether that is a good idea and/or cooking tips?

    • I’ve added chopped roasted green chiles to this, with great success!

      And, for those who don’t have Mrs. Wages in local stores, check online. I bought loads of these packets on ebay!

  19. I’d love to know if I could blend in some fresh jalapeños from my garden in with the fresh tomatoes. Would it affect the acidity? I love the flavor of jalapeños!

  20. I love mrs wages salsa and pickle mixes. I have canned about 100 half pint and pint jars of salsa and about 50 jars of b&b pickles and dills. I am going to try the ketchup tomorrow. I also have about 3or 4 more dozen jars of salsa to make and of course more chopped tomatoes to can. Mrswages has made it a whole lot easier for me to get all the canning done before I lose the tomatoes to rot. My husband put in 60 or 70 Roma plants this year. Everyone loves the salsa and the pickles. Hope the ketchup turns out as well as the salsa..

    • I just put up five pints of the ketchup mix. I used cider vinegar instead of white. It tastes amazing.

      When it says to add the mix slowly, make sure you do that and not add it in all at once. It had a thickener in it and it will clump otherwise.

  21. Love this mix! I use my Gordon Ramsay chopper to chop the tomatoes; add jalapenos, onion & garlic and my guys think this salsa is every bit as good as restaurant’s serve. You can add lime & cilantro also. Make it your own but there’s no guesswork seasoning. I usually use about 7 lbs of Roma tomatoes.

    The Mrs. Wages pasta mix is really good, also.

  22. OF COURSE I NEEDED TO BUY MRS. WAGES SALSA TOMATO MIX (40Z) SINCE MOST OF THE TIME THAT WAS MY MAIDEN NAME & PEOPLE WOULD LEAVE THE SECOND (A) OUT.
    I ALSO MADE 5PINTS LAST WEEK WITH TOMATOES PEOPLE HAD GIVEN ME FROM THERE GARDENS. WITH THE LEFT OVER JUICE, AFTER STRAINING IT I MADE TOMATOE JUICE & GOT ONE MORE PINT! EXCELLENT & I REALLY LIKE THE “KICK” THAT IT HAD TOO!

  23. I tasted Mrs.Wages Salsa for the first time last year.And I must …say I would have/could have ate every last bite.
    So this year guess who is going to make salsa with all the tomatoes?Me! Me! Me! But I will also use some tomatoes for juice.
    Thank you Mrs.Wages for opening my eyes.I am looking forward to having you in my kitchen and helping me can.

  24. I MADE SALSA WITH MRS WAGES SEASONING MIX BUT I FORGOT TO PUT IN THE VINEGAR WILL MY SALSA BE OKAY AND LAST FOR AWHILE?

    • You MUST have the vinegar to up the PH (make it more acid) or you could get botulism! Don’t take a chance. Botulism is really bad stuff.

      • I’m a bit confused. I don’t put vinegar in with my tomatoes when I can them and they are just fine (plenty acidic). Why would forgetting to put the vinegar in with the salsa be so risky? I’m sure it tastes better with the vinegar but botulism??

        • You should be putting some sort of acid in your tomatoes when canning them. Tomatoes are often just a bit too low in acid for safe canning without the addition of some vinegar, lemon juice, or citric acid. Without acid, there is most definitely a risk of botulism.

          • I’m glad I saw this site! I will revisit the recipe for canning I have it is old or maybe my eyesight is bad! 🙂 Thanks for hosting a site like this…

  25. What if I didn’t measure my tomatoes and now I have about 2 1/2 gallons ready to cook and mix. How many 4oz packages should I add?

  26. We are making the Salsa with the Wages seasoning but added corn and black beans and several different peppers.. Will this be okay? They sealed well..

    • No, it’s not okay. Corn, black beans, and peppers are low acid ingredients and will make your salsa unsafe. Put those jars in the refrigerator immediately and use the salsa promptly.

  27. I picked up a few packages of Mrs. Wage’s salsa mix on sale. They’d been sitting in my pantry, so I pulled one out this weekend to make some salsa. I found the mix to be WAY too salty for my tastes.

  28. I LOVE this mix!!!!! I’ve been making it for about two years now. I use the six cans of tomatoes and can it up! Put in a waterbath and you’ve got the best tasting salsa. It’s way better than the store “stuff”, and I made it. So, drop what you are doing, go to Wally World (Wal-Mart), buy this mix and some tomatoes, and can yourself some!

  29. I used this salsa mix for the first time with tomatoes and banana peppers from my garden yesterday and I thought it looked weird b/c the color of the salsa came out darker than I thought it would but mine looks exactly like yours so im glad I seen this!

  30. Can I add some onions to the mix. Maybe 1/2 lb as well as a 1/2 lb of green sweet peppers. I like salsa chunky. Does the vinegar have to be adjusted up to compensate.

  31. Marisa, how would the addition of other vegetables (different color peppers, corn) affect the safe can-ability of this salsa?

  32. Tried this salsa mix yesterday – I really wanted to love it, but it just didn’t come out right. I followed the instructions to a tee and it turned out super runny, which confused me a little because the tomatoes I used were not juicy. The salsa was the perfect consistency when I added everything to the pot but the bringing to a boil and simmering seemed to break down the tomatoes too much. I think if I had simmered it for another hour longer I could have gotten it back to being thick again but my whole intention of trying this mix was because it was quick and easy. Is there a trick to keeping the consistency thick?

  33. is it ok to make up the tomatoes chop them and let them sit for a couple hours then go back and add all the rest of the ingredients till its hot and can it then

  34. The mixes are free dried herbs. I’ve been using Mrs. Wages for about three years now. I add jalapenos to the mix with 1/2 cup of vinegar and 10 lbs of tomatoes for about a dozen jars. It is fabulous. According to Mrs. Wages’ company, if they are out of the cooking packets, use 5 packets of the instant salsa with the vinegar for the same recipe I wrote about above. I sterilize my jars in the dishwasher!

  35. Marissa, I read through the post again and through all of the comments. I didn’t notice anybody commenting on having used green tomatoes with this. Even with the covers on my plants last night, I had damage and have to use those green toms NOW. Was hoping to use them with a Mrs. Wages salsa packet. Any chance you’ll see this in the next 24 hours and able to reply would be greatly appreciated. I think after 24 hours I’ll have to compost them. Very sad…at least 15# green tomatoes. The ones I harvested before the frost will all be able to be ripened in the house but I know once they’ve been frosted they will not.

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