I've been making this recipe for the last 3 summers. Hands down, it's the best recipe for picante. I do reduce the sugar by half and add 2 tsp of red pepper flakes since we like our picante on the hot side, but it is excellent just the way it is. I don't freeze it. I process it in canning jars, just like instructed and make enough batches to last all year long. I usually end up with 4 pints because I double the jalapeno peppers and add one more cup of tomatoes.
I had some orange color tomatoes I didn't know what to do with so I thought I'd try this recipe. Instead of jalapeno peppers I used chili pepper, no green peppers (yuk), and since I was freezing it I skipped the alum. The tomato paste helped turned it to a reddish color but it was such an oh so pretty orange. I didn't use as much sugar since this was a very sweet variety of tomato anyway.Turned out very good.
Wow. This recipe deserves at least 27* and a lot more reviews. It's no more work to make an entire recipe than a scaled down version and you get the bonus of picante sauce in the freezer anytime you need it. I used a 28oz can of diced tomatoes and cut the sugar in half. I will reduce that to 2T next time. No need for the alum. This is going to work wonderfully in sooo many recipes.
Spot on. But who needs 3 pints of sauce? Buy one large tomato and scale accordingly for more than you'll use on your next enchilada night.