I love salsa, but am getting real tired of spending up to $4.50 for those little 1-pint tubs in the grocery store. So, been working on a homemade recipe, and wow ! just today got it ! ,,,,bingo ! Tastes just like the store-bought,,,not too spicy (I have been through a bushel of tomatoes and various peppers, which all turned out to be WAAAAY too hot,,,,so settled on the canned green chilies.) I wrote down exactly what I did, and underlined the ingredients for shopping list. Been working on this for several weeks now.....
I just ate a ton of it,,,,don't need dinner now. Threw in a shredded carrot for some color and more nutrition.....ENJOY !!!
MAKES ABOUT FOUR PINTS..
Salsa (makes about 4 pints)
In Cuisinart, chop 3 very large tomatoes, or
6 roma tomatoes. Don't need to peel, just cut out the stem area.
Place colander over large bowl and drain, saving the
juice to drink….(real good with a little salt added)
Meanwhile, put in the Cuisinart,
½ green pepper
1 stalk celery
6 scallions with some of the green part.
Chop these fine.
Shred one carrot.
Chop some fresh cilantro, making finely chopped about 1/3 cup.
(ok to use the stems,,I do…waste not, want not)
COMBINE ALL OF THE ABOVE INGREDIENTS TOGETHER IN A LARGE BOWL.
In a separate smaller bowl, combine:
1/3 can tomato paste (the small 6-oz. Can) freeze the rest in the
can for your next salsa.
1 can (4 oz.) chopped green chilies, mild.
do not drain. (Mexican section)
2 teaspoons red wine vinegar.
Juice of ½ lime.
½ teaspoon crushed garlic (the kind in the jar)
2 teaspoons light olive oil.
2 teaspoons sugar.
1 teaspoon salt.
¼ teaspoon pepper.
¼ teaspoon oregano.
4-5 shakes Tabasco. or more if you want spicier.
Add this mixture to the mixed vegetables and stir all together.