Spiked Smoked Salsa--
Pureeing the veggies in the food processor makes for faster chopping time, no peeling of tomatoes and a finer chunk salsa. Always start with high quality organic ingredients. Plum tomatoes are a better choice because they are meatier and less juice producing a thicker salsa. Don't use over ripe tomatoes. The tequila can be omitted with wonderful results. But when used gives a slight smokiness. The smoky, woody flavor is more evident in Añejo tequila. Try Paradiso has a smoky, smooth flavor.
- Ready In:
- 1hr 40mins
- 3 quarts tomatoes (1/2 `d squeezed of seeds and rough chopped, when pureed equaling 2 quarts 8 cups)
- 2 red bell peppers (2 cups red bell peppers pureed)
- 2 vidalia onions, peeled and quartered (2 cups pureed)
- 3 chipotle chiles in adobo, seeded
- 3 jalapenos, seeded and chopped
- 4 -6 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 lime (zest and meat no bitter rind)
- 2 (12 ounce) cans tomato paste
- 2 cups bottled lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon ground cumin
- 1⁄3 cup tequila, Anejo
- Pulse tomatoes in the food processor to fine pieces, place in a heavy large pot, heating over a high flame bringing to a boil.
- Meanwhile pulse in the food processor the onions and then peppers, placing both in pot. With food processor running add garlic, lime zest and meat, chili’s, and herbs. If you need add a touch of lemon juices to get a fine mince.
- Add remaining ingredients except for tequila and continue boiling for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add tequila and cook 5 minutes.
- Ladle hot salsa into hot pint jars, leaving ½-inch head space. Wipe jar rims. Cap with properly pretreated lids. .
- Process in a boiling water canner: 15 minutes at 0-1,000 feet altitude; 20 minutes at 1,001-6,000 feet, 25 minutes above 6,000 feet.
- Cool jars in draft free spot.
- Check lids for sealing. label and store.
- Party Time!
- Serve with corn chips and icy cold margaritas!
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Awesome Rita. I doubled this and made some adaptations. Instead of pureeing all the vegetables, I chose to chop mine so there was some body to the salsa. I used half lemon juice and half lime juice. I used half brown and half white sugar, and a little less sugar overall. Added some cilantro and kept the seeds in all my hot peppers. Canned 13 pints, husband is super excited! Thanks....and now I have a whole bottle of tequila to play with in future recpies.2Reply