Described by myself as A+, the original salsa recipe I found on-line had to be tweaked a tiny bit to my liking to achieve this rating. For those with any cooking ability tweaking a recipe is no big deal; per your liking simply switch up the spices or add more of the ingredients you favor such as onions, garlic, etc. or lessen the ingredients you dislike. No, it really doesn't take a rocket scientist to make it happen; just a few fearless taste buds.
First, I'd like to preface by saying that the process of making salsa is not for the faint of heart. The prep for this wonderful food product requires a lot of effort as described through the steps in the recipe I am providing. Rewards of the efforts are plenty: healthier (no preservatives); amazing cost savings if ingredients are home grown; personal satisfaction; pantry enhancement; self-sufficiency; convenience; etc.
If the garden produces another great yield of tomatoes, peppers and onions, I will definitely double (or triple) this recipe. If necessary, I can also visit the local farmer's market for fresh ingredients.
So here goes,
SUPER SUMMER SALSA RECIPE
8 cups tomatoes - peeled, seeds removed, chopped and drained
3 cups chopped onions
2 cups chopped green peppers
1 tsp. red pepper flakes
2 tbsp. garlic powder
2 tsp. cumin
2 tsp. black pepper
1/8 cup canning salt
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup white vinegar
1 15 oz. can tomato sauce
- Mix all ingredients together in a large sauce pan.
- Bring to a boil and simmer for 15 minutes.
- Pour into prepared jars.
- Process in hot water bath for 15 minutes.
Information on preparing jars and other canning questions can be found at Ball Fresh Preserving and Canning Questions