Thursday, August 5, 2010

My Favorite Homemade Salsa Recipe

I LOVE Salsa! Maybe because I'm from Tucson, or some inherited fluke, but I love good flavorful hot salsa. Not TOO hot, mind...I like to retain my sense of taste without feeling as if I've laid a hot poker on my tongue, and I also don't like to be crying and miserable when it's time to use the bathroom.
Just good flavor with a comfortable afterglow on my tongue. A good friend of mine gave me this recipe a few years ago, after having some salsa she'd made at a party. I've recreated it several times with consistent and delicious results.

Homemade Salsa

You will need 2 large cooking pots to divide these items into:

5 pounds fresh tomatoes
2 pounds onions, diced
1 pint jar Jalepenos
2-4 bulbs garlic, minced
1 tsp. salt
Cilantro (lots and lots)
1 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
2 - 1oz.cans tomato paste

Start by rinsing fresh tomatoes, and blanching them for 60 seconds in boiling water, then putting them in a sink full of icy water. Peel off skins, then dice tomatoes. Add onions, jalapenos, garlic, salt, cilantro, vinegar and tomato paste (remember, divide all these between your two pots!!!!)
Bring to a slow boil, stirring occasionally. If canning, heat pint jars and lids. Add hot salsa to hot jars, fit lids and put in a boiling water bath for 15 minutes. Yields 12-15 pints.

Obviously, if you don't intend to can up a bunch, divide the recipe accordingly and refrigerate.

I'd love to hear from anyone who has tried this recipe to hear what you think!

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