Dehydrated Salsa In A Jar – Great Gift Idea!

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So, y’all know I’ve been virtually a dehydrating fool since I got my  * Excalibur Dehydrator earlier this year. So much fun!  I love to have all those dehydrated veggies in my pantry, their pretty sparkling glass jars lined up smartly on the shelves.  I’ve been using those dehydrated goodies in my simmering soups when I make endless-soup lunches for RancherMan & me. And of course I also often rehydrate and use them in dishes I’m cooking.

I love that my healthy garden vegetables take up so little space now and no additional energy is needed for them to stay preserved.  Recently I diced fresh tomatoes from my garden and dried them. I’ll use these tomatoes the same way I’d use canned diced tomatoes, a common item on my grocery list.  But as I bundled up those pretty red dehydrated diced tomato jewels into a glass jar I got to wondering – wouldn’t it be cool if I could make salsa where all you do is add the boiling water, stir, rehydrate and eat?  I sat out to experiment.

I mixed up a batch of dehydrated salsa using dehydrated veggies from my garden & my own dry salsa mix. Just pour in hot water & stir! #TexasHomesteader

I already have all the veggies that I’d normally mix into my fresh homemade salsa dehydrated:  diced tomatoes, minced garlic, cilantro, bell pepper and onion.  These have all been dehydrated over the last several months from ripe veggies straight from my garden.  OMGoodness that’s a whole lot of garden goodness right there!

Combining Dehydrated Ingredients

So I started experimenting with the portions.  I pulled out a pint canning jar and poured in about a cup of dehydrated tomatoes.  Then I added about 2 tablespoons of dehydrated chopped onion, 1/2 tablespoon of dehydrated chopped cilantro, 2 teaspoons dehydrated bell pepper and about 1/4 teaspoon of dehydrated garlic and stirred it all together.  Hummm…  that looks about right.  Then I added two tablespoons of my own homemade dry salsa mix.

Rehydrating My Dehydrated Salsa

Now for the test run.  I heated a cup of water to almost boiling and poured it into my jar of dehydrated ingredients.  I added 1/4 teaspoon of vinegar and stirred it all together, making sure to push all dehydrated bits down into the water.  Then I placed the top back on the jar loosely so it would kind of steam inside the jar and rehydrate everything.

I typically wait about 15 minutes when I’m rehydrating veggies. But since this was a larger quantity than I usually rehydrate at one time I just let the liquid cool in the jar. All in all probably about 30-45 minutes before I tasted it.

I mixed up a batch of dehydrated salsa using dehydrated veggies from my garden & my own dry salsa mix. Just pour in hot water & stir! #TexasHomesteader

Oh yeah – this is great.  I’m about to dehydrate some of my hot, hot, HOT jalapeno peppers from the garden and I’ll zap the heat in my salsa a little higher with the next batch. I like my salsa SPICY!  In the meantime these jars would be a GREAT Christmas gift idea, don’t ya think?

Here’s what I bundled inside each pint canning jar:

Dehydrated Salsa In A Jar Recipe

When the garden is going well, dehydrate those garden goodies and make this awesome dehydrated salsa in a jar.  Great gift idea too! #TexasHomesteader



  • 1 Cup Diced Dehydrated Tomatoes
  • 2 Tablespoons Chopped Dehydrated Onions
  • 2 teaspoons Chopped Dehydrated Bell Pepper
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Chopped Dehydrated Cilantro
  • 1/4 teaspoon Chopped Dehydrated Garlic
  • Dehydrated Jalapeno Peppers To Taste
  • 2 Tablespoons dry salsa mix (recipe above)

(at rehydration add:)

  • 1 cup near-boiling water
  • 1/2 teaspoon vinegar



  1. Stir all dehydrated veggies and dry salsa mix into clean pint canning jar and seal jar to store. To rehydrate - pour 1 cup very hot water into jar with veggies, add 1/2 teaspoon vinegar and stir. Replace the lid and allow the liquid to cool. When all veggies are thoroughly rehydrated remove lid and stir rehydrated salsa and ENJOY!


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85 thoughts on “Dehydrated Salsa In A Jar – Great Gift Idea!

  1. Nicole

    Dehydrated salsa – so cool! I have never thought about trying to make something like this before. I love the idea. I need an Excalibur dehydrator! Thanks for sharing your recipe at the #HomeMattersParty

  2. Katy SkipTheBag

    This would be a perfect holiday gift! I wouldn’t have thought about making something like this, but it is an awesome idea. Thanks for sharing on the Waste Less Wednesday Blog Hop!

  3. Vickie

    Oh my goodness! This is so cool! I never would have thought of doing something like this, yet it is such a great idea. You should package this up and sell it! Thank you so much for sharing.

  4. Amy

    What a great idea! I dehydrate all the time, especially this time of year…I need to try this!
    Thanks for the idea!
    Blessings, Amy

  5. Caroline

    This looks great! I am thinking about making it to take on the trail hiking this summer so that I can make a great taco salad out of dehydrated ingredients.

    How many cups of salsa does this recipe make once it’s been rehydrated? I want to end up with 3/4 of a cup rehydrated and I want to adapt the amounts in the recipe accordingly. Thanks for your help!

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      Hummm… I didn’t measure the salsa after it was rehydrated, but it seems it was just over a cup. I’ll have to check that out next time I make this to be sure – the garden is currently going great with all these ingredients so I could very well whip up another batch of these – so convenient to have in the pantry and they made fun Christmas gifts too! ~TMH~

  6. Nancy W

    Love this gift idea! What fun, thank you for sharing your post on Our Simple Homestead Blog Hop! Look forward to seeing more from you this Thursday. As one of the co-hosts I am going to feature your post on the Hop this week!
    – Nancy Nancy On The Home Front

  7. Angie

    This wonderful post is being featured on my blog today as part of Tuesdays with a Twist blog hop:

  8. Linda at Mixed Kreations

    Very clever, didn’t know that you could dehydrate salsa. I want to try this, I Love salsa, and the hotter the better. I have had a dehydrator for years but have really only made jerky, oh and I have dried herbs but that’s about it. Tried banana chips but they didn’t turnout. I would love to learn how to dry veggies. Booking marking so I can come back later when I’m on my laptop. Thanks for sharing your recipe on The Chicken Chick Clever Blog Hop.

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      I’ve found I use my dehydrator more and more Ann’Re, especially when the garden’s going full speed. I just hate to waste that healthy produce and I love to use lots of dehydrated veggies in simmering soups, etc. to savor the taste of summer even in the chill of winter.

  9. Jendi

    This is a really neat idea. I don’t have a dehydrator yet, but I want to get one and be a hydrating fool too. 🙂 Thanks for sharing this idea. Sounds like the easiest way to make salsa that I’ve read.

  10. MM

    What a great idea! I have a dehydrator, and haven’t used it yet this year, because we have just moved, and too much other stuff going on. However, now I’m inspired. I need to crank that baby up and get to dehydrating! This is a great idea for Christmas gifts too! A winner for sure!

  11. ColleenB.

    Now pass the chips and we can all have a taste :}
    Was just wondering and thought about this earlier this morning. Yes, you where on my mind early this morning. I was thinking about marshmallows of all things and was wondering if you have ever dehydrated marshmallows before to use in hot chocolate, trail mix, etc?

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      Ya know Colleen, I’ve never dehydrated marshmallows before. I enjoy my hot cocoa without marshmallows and I much prefer dried fruit to contribute the added sweetness in my trail mix. But I’m thinking it can’t be too hard to do. I remember how much I loved the dried marshmallows in Lucky Charms cereal as a child – I’m seeing now that (probably as an advertising thing) they’re making a limited amount of boxes with nothing BUT marshmallows. Now there’s something I can get on board with – LOL!

  12. Joybee

    What a great idea. I love salsa and friends/family would love to get some of this. It looks great. I wish I had a dehydrator and garden (small apartment living limits space). I’ll have to mention this to my Dad he has a garden every year and loves making salsa.

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  18. Rhonda Crank

    What a great idea! I love my Excalibur too! I can’t imagine harvest without it. I will be trying this next year. Thanks for sharing your wonderful idea and recipe. Yes, it would make a wonderful gift.

  19. Ashley @

    Tammy, that is SUCH a good idea! We use our dehydrator all the time and love that it is a super easy way to use up and preserve the abundance from the garden. And I could eat fresh salsa all year?? Yes, please! Thanks so much for sharing, and your post was most viewed and is featured in tonight’s What’d You Do This Weekend! Pinned 🙂

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      OOOh, thanks for the pin Ashley, and for the feature. I’m loving this dehydrated salsa and since we try to make our own Christmas gifts each year this one promises to be added to the plans. ~TMR~

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  21. Kimberlee

    What a great idea for making salsa. My husband just bought a dehydrator a couple of weeks ago so we could dehydrate all of the different peppers we grew this year. I have also experimented with it with some fruits. I am going to try your recipe soon. Thanks.

  22. Kimberly

    Hello cute lady! This looks so cool and I bet it tastes amazing. Pinned. We couldn’t think of anyone better to party with. We hope to see you tomorrow at 7 pm.
    Happy Sunday! Lou Lou Girls

  23. Joanne T Ferguson

    G’day! Thanks for sharing at our #SayGdayParty; linking to yours too!
    Please make sure to revisit if you haven’t already to Say G’day to the hosts and another person at the party!
    Cheers! Joanne @ What’s On The List Pinned

  24. Karen

    This is such a fantastic idea! Your rehydrated salsa looks perfect, and it just makes so much sense to dehydrate and save tons of storage space. I have an Excalibur too, and just love it! I’ve never thought about making mixes though. Thanks for the inspiration, and for linking up with us at Wake Up Wednesday!

  25. jana

    I have a friend who wants to know how to dry her tomatoes and other veggies to make soup in the winter. she asked if I knew how long does it take to dry all of them. I told her I would find out. so if you can help me, she would be so happy. thanks, jana

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      It’s hard to say Jana, there are many variables such as the power of your dehydrator, thickness you cut the fruit and even the humidity in the air. My Excalibur book says to cut tomatoes into 1/4″ slices and dry at 155 degrees until leathery or brittle (anywhere from 8 – 12 hrs depending upon your humidity – about 10-11 hrs here in humid NE Texas) Hope that helps at least a little. ~TMR~

  26. Cynthia

    Wow, what a great idea! This year I filled my freezer with tomatoes and green peppers from my garden to use in making salsa for Christmas gifts this year (went over really big with the family last year). This will take up less space and I can use my freezer for other stuff (like pizza). Thanks!

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      Kinda what I was thinking too Cynthia – my freezer was filling fast with frozen tomatoes so my new dehydrator was getting a workout anyway. I had already dehydrated so much from the garden that I got to wondering if I could make dehydrated salsa for a fun and unusual gift idea. YEA, it worked!! ~TMR~

  27. Christy

    What a great idea! I love gift in a jar ideas, this is lovely, of course I would have to own a dehydrator first. Pinning for the day I get one! Visiting from Treasure Box Tuesday, thanks for sharing!

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      Christy, I’ve been a dehydrating FOOL this year since I got my Excalibur. I wanted one for years & finally got it this year and I’ve had so much fun with it. Why did I wait so long?? I got this one –> (affiliate link) and I LOVE it! ~TMR~

  28. villarosa

    This is the BEST idea of the year for me!! Wow, would have never thought of this! Thank you so much! I truly appreciate your time and effort it takes to share with us what you do and how to create wonderful nutritious food (right from the garden!)!

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      Thanks Villarosa, I felt ever so clever. LOL Your comment is so very sweet. I think dehydrated salsa will be the perfect gift idea and like you said – straight from the garden! ~TMR~

  29. ColleenB.

    The perfect gift basket item for sure.

    We’re still getting rain. We did get just a tad over 1 inch last Monday whren that storm moved through.

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      Yes Colleen, it will be a perfect gift idea. We got about 1.5″ of rain from last night’s storm, about the same as when the last one rolled through a few days ago. Love it – we threw rye seed/fertilizer just before the first round of storms so we’re getting lots of moisture. ~TMR~


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