Cherry Tomato Pico de Gallo for the Freezer is the perfect garden tomato use-up recipe for all those extra cherry tomatoes! It's the freshest salsa, made in the food processor in under a minute, with extra to stock away in your freezer. It's perfect for snacking with chips or added to any taco night!
1mini bell pepper (or half a full red bell pepper)(can use part of a jalapeno if you like spice)
½juice of a lime
Add all ingredients EXCEPT tomatoes to a food processor and pulse 8 times (onion, bell pepper, and garlic can be added in large chunks, no need to chop).
Add tomatoes and pulse 8 to 10 times. Do NOT puree or over blend, this will make your salsa too watery.
Store salsa in jars or containers (either 4 half pint jars or 2 pint jars), only fill 3/4's full if freezing. Salsa is best eaten the day you make it, but can be stored in the fridge for 3 days or frozen immediately.
Storage - Cherry Tomato Pico de Gallo is best eaten the same day it's made, but will last in the fridge for up to 3 days. The longer it sits in the fridge, the more the salsa will become watery as the salt draws the liquid from the tomatoes. That liquid, however, is delicious - throw it in with your taco meat! It can also be frozen immediately, and thawed overnight in the fridge to use.
Can I freeze salsa in glass jars? - Yes you absolutely can! You just need to follow a few precautions. Fill the jars only 3/4's of the way full. This allows the salsa room to expand as it freezes without cracking the jar. As a general rule, and it doesn't apply here, always cool completely in the fridge before freezing glass jars.
How to use Pico de Gallo after it's been frozen - This fresh salsa will have a slightly different consistency after it has been frozen and thawed, but will still be flavorful and delicious! It can still be eaten with chips or to top any taco night. You can also try adding a jar to crockpot chicken tacos or add it in after browning ground beef for tacos. The thawed jars will have a bit more liquid which is totally fine, it's great to flavor taco meat!
Can I use any type of tomato? - I chose cherry tomatoes for this recipe for 2 reasons. First, because as a gardener, I always have a ridiculous amount of them to use up! Second, making this salsa quick and easy by using a food processor does bring out the liquid in the tomato more than if they were chopped by hand. Cherry tomatoes have less liquid than say, a large beefsteak tomato. So, if you want to use larger tomatoes for this recipe you can, but you may want to chop them by hand instead of using the food processor to avoid watery salsa.
Keyword Cherry Tomato Salsa, Freezer Pico De Gallo, Freezer Salsa, Garden Tomato Use up