Chile Salsa (hot tomato-pepper sauce)

  • 5 lbs tomatoes
  • 2 lbs chile pepeprs
  • 1 lb onions
  • 1 cup vinegar (5%)
  • 3 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper

Yield: About 6 to 8 pints

CAUTION Wear plastic or rubber gloves and do not touch your face while handling or cutting hot peppers. If you do not wear gloves, wash hands thoroughly with soap and water before touching your face or eyes.

Peel and prepare peppers

Wash and dry peppers; slit each pepper along the side to allow steam to escape. Blister skins using one of these two methods:

Oven or broiler method to blister skins - Place peppers in a hot oven (400° F) or under a broiler for 6 to 8 minutes until skins blister.

Range-top method to blister skins - Cover hot burner (either gas or electric) with heavy wire mesh. Place peppers on burner for several minutes until skins blister.

To peel, after blistering skins, place peppers in a pan and cover with a damp cloth. (This will make peeling the peppers easier.) Cool several minutes; peel off skins. Discard seeds and chop.

Procedure: Wash tomatoes and dip in boiling water for 30 to 60 seconds or until skins split. Dip in cold water, slip off skins, and remove cores. Coarsely chop tomatoes and combine them with chopped peppers, onions, and remaining ingredients in a large saucepan. Heat to boil, reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes. Fill hot jars, leaving 1/2-inch headspace. Remove air bubbles and adjust headspace if needed. Wipe rims of jars with a dampened clean paper towel. Adjust lids and process.

Recommended process time for Chile Salsa in a boiling-water canner
Style of Pack Jar Size Process Time at Altitudes of
0-1,000 ft 1,001-6,000 ft Above 6,000 ft
Hot Pints 15 min 20 25

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