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Cooking at Home - Garden Salsa

Aug 29, 2015 08:41AM ● Published by Erica Shames

This refreshing homemade salsa is infused with a delicious garden-ripe flavor. Conveniently versatile, the salsa can be served with a handful of tortilla or pita chips or simply added to your favorite Mexican dishes.

Ingredients

9 peeled and chopped tomatoes

2 cloves of crushed garlic

6 chopped green bell peppers

6 chopped chili or jalapeno peppers*

4 cups chopped onions

¼ cup salt (or to taste)

1 ½ cups vinegar

1 cup white sugar (optional)

6 ounces can tomato paste

8 ounces can tomato sauce

*For mild salsa use none of the seeds from the chili or jalapeno peppers; for medium salsa use some of the seeds; for hot salsa use all the seeds.

Directions

1.    Mix the tomatoes, garlic, peppers and onions together and allow the mixture to sit overnight. Drain well the next day to create a thick consistency.  

2.    Bring the vinegar and sugar, if using, to a boil; add the above mixture to it.

3.    Add the tomato paste and sauce to the mixture and stir for several minutes until vegetables have softened.

4.    Fill 5 to 6 sterilized, pint-sized jars with the salsa, seal and soak in a hot water bath for 35 minutes.

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