Prep 15 mins
Cook 45 mins
The ease of preparation and the versatility of this sauce make this a dependable go-to ingredient as well as a nice table salsa.. It also freezes well, so make extra. If you do any canning, it also holds well in the pantry. Makes a wonderful cooking or baking sauce for enchiladas, Mexican lasagna, eggs or meatloaf. This recipe was recently selected as a prize-winner in a national contest for tomato products (honorable mention, but still...whoo-hoo!).
- Place tomatoes, with their juice, in a medium non-reactive saucepan. Finely chop or puree the chiles with their liquid and add to the tomatoes. (If a milder sauce is desired, only use half the chiles.) Bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, about 30 to 45 minutes until reduced by about one--quarter.
- Meanwhile, thinly slice or mince the garlic cloves. Add with the remaining ingredients during the last 10 to 15 minutes of cooking time. When the salsa has reached the desired consistency, remove from the heat and let cool slightly. Adjust seasoning. and let cool to room temperature. Store in the refrigerator, tightly covered, up to one week or freeze up to 3 months.
- NOTE: For a smoother consistency, puree all or part of the tomato-chile mixture before adding the other ingredients.