Tomato Pepper Salsa


Salsa translates to 'sauce'. It can be traced back to the pre-Colombian native Americans of the southwestern USA and Mexico. Traditionally salsa contains tomato, peppers, onion, garlic and assorted spices. Spicier and hotter versions contain a higher ratio of hot peppers such as Tabasco, jalapeno and chilies.




Hot Pepper

Ingredients

4 cups Chopped peeled fresh tomato

2 cups Chopped green pepper

2 cups Chopped sweet red pepper

1 cup Chopped onion

1 To 3 cups jalapeno peppers - depending on how hot you want it; for every additional cup of Jalapenos reduce the sweet peppers added by an equal amount. Some sweet pepper are need in order to maintain a palatable flavor balance. Jalapenos should be seeded & chopped

3/4 cup Cider vinegar

2 Cloves garlic; minced

1 tbspn Sugar

1 tbspn Salt

1 tspn Paprika

1 tspn Dried oregano

1/2 pt tomato paste

Bring initial ingredients to a boil; reduce heatand simmer until thickened, about 1 hour. Stir infinishing ingredient; simmer another 5 to 10minutes. Pour into hot jars; process 30 minutes in a Hot Water Bath.





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