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Spanish Salsa

This Spanish salsa brings together the Iberian tastes of roasted red peppers, tomatoes, Spanish onion, smoked paprika, rosemary and sherry vinegar, with just a hint of summer heat. Home canning directions included.

Course Condiments
Cuisine American
Keyword Salsa
Prep Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Yield 4 x half-litre (US pint) jars
Calories 9 kcal

Ingredients

  • 400 g roasted red pepper (1 3/4 cups / 14 oz. Measurements after prep.)
  • 1.5 kg tomato (peeled, seeded, chopped. 8 cups / 3 1/3 lbs. Measurements after prep.)
  • 350 g onion (medium-chopped 2 1/2 cups / 12 oz)
  • 4 New Mexico chiles (dried)
  • 2 cloves garlic (peeled and minced)
  • 1 sprig rosemary (fresh)
  • 100 ml sherry vinegar 5% or higher (1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon / 3 oz)
  • 1 tablespoon salt ( or non-bitter, non-clouding salt sub)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice (fresh)
Metric - US Customary

Instructions

  1. Prep the roasted peppers (see Reference below); put in a large saucepan.
  2. Prep the tomatoes (see Reference below); add to pot.
  3. Prep the onion; add to pot.
  4. Toast the chiles in an ungreased pan until they darken a bit. Then remove, let cool. When cool, remove stems and seeds, then grind to a powder. Add to pot.
  5. Add to pot all ingredients down to and including the cumin (but NOT the lemon juice.)
  6. Put pot over medium-high heat and bring to a boil, stirring frequently.
  7. Reduce heat to medium.
  8. Let simmer uncovered for about 30 to 45 minutes or until no longer watery. Stir frequently. (Bear in mind salsas are always thicker when they cool.)
  9. Remove sprig of rosemary if using.
  10. Add lemon juice, let mixture simmer for another 2 minutes.
  11. Ladle hot salsa into hot jars.
  12. Leave 2 cm (1/2 inch) headspace.
  13. Debubble, adjust headspace.
  14. Wipe jar rims.
  15. Put lids on.
  16. Process in a water bath or steam canner.
  17. Process jars for 20 minutes; increase time as needed for your altitude.