Canning has always been something that has held my interest but never got around to doing. That all changed 2 weeks ago when my better half and me decided to make a batch of Salsa together as our first canning adventure. Luckily for me I have a husband that loves to be in the kitchen and cook even more then I do.
First thing I did was search around on Pinterest and the internet at different recipes for Salsa carefully reading all the comments left by people who had tried the recipe to help in finding the best recipe. Spicy Chunky Salsa recipe posted on tasteofhome was the recipe we chose to make.
We did make a few changes to the original recipe based on comments we read and a few for our own personal preference which I have reflected in the recipe below.
- 7 pounds tomatoes
- 3 large green peppers, chopped
- 3 large onions, chopped
- 2 cups white vinegar
- 1 large sweet red pepper, chopped
- 1 can (12 ounces) tomato paste
- 2 jalapeno peppers, partially seeded and chopped
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup minced fresh cilantro
- 1/2 cup bottled lemon juice
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 4 teaspoons ground cumin
- 3 teaspoons salt
- 2 teaspoons dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon Jalepeno green pepper sauce ( or regular tobasco sauce)
- In a large saucepan, bring 8 cups water to a boil. Using a slotted spoon, place tomatoes, a few at a time, in boiling water for 30-60 seconds. Remove each tomato and immediately plunge in ice water. Drain and pat dry. Peel and finely chop tomatoes to measure 9 cups.
- In a stock pot, combine the tomatoes and remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes or until slightly thickened.
- Carefully ladle hot mixture into hot 1-pint jars, leaving 1/2-in. head space Remove air bubbles; wipe rims and adjust lids. Process for 15 minutes in a boiling-water canner.
*Note : For a more chunky salsa make sure to drain some of the juice from the tomatoes.
This salsa turned out to be the best salsa we ever tasted! I’m sure the fact we made it together was part of the reason for that. Spicy with a hint of sweet goes well on just about everything. I’m finding myself trying out new things I never would have dreamed of putting store bought salsa on. Eggs with cheese melted combined with a bit of this salsa is DELICIOUS and has become my morning breakfast ritual.
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