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Smoky Sour Cherry Tequila Salsa

Yield: 4 x half-litre jars (US pint)

Course Condiments
Cuisine Tex-Mex
Keyword Cherries, Salsa
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Yield 4 x half-litre jars (US pint)
Calories 97 kcal

Ingredients

  • 300 g onion (diced. 2 cups / 10 oz. Measured after prep)
  • 1 clove garlic (washed, peeled and minced)
  • 4 tablespoons lime juice (freshly-squeezed. 1/4 cup / 2 oz / 60 ml)
  • 50 g coriander (aka cilantro. Chopped fresh. 1/2 cup / 2 oz)
  • 2 chipotle chiles (from an adobo sauce tin)
  • 1 serrano pepper (small red. 10 g / .3 oz)
  • 2 kg sour cherries (fresh. 4 lb / 13 cups. Measured after prep)
  • 125 g brown sugar (1/2 cup firmly packed / 4 oz) OR 1 teaspoon liquid stevia
  • 4 tablespoons tequila (1/4 cup / 2 oz / 60 ml)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt (OR non-clouding, non-bitter salt sub)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
Metric - US Customary

Instructions

  1. Peel and dice the onion, set aside.
  2. Peel and mince the garlic, add to the onion.
  3. Squeeze the lime juice, set aside.
  4. Wash and chop the coriander, set aside.
  5. Mince the two chipotle peppers, set aside in a small dish.
  6. Seed and mince the serrano pepper, add to the chipotle pepper.
  7. Wash the cherries. Stem and pit them, placing them in acidulated water as you work to prevent browning.
  8. In a large non-reactive pot (stainless or enamelled), put the onion, garlic, sugar OR liquid stevia and lime juice.
  9. Turn the burner onto medium heat, and cook for 5 minutes, stirring often.
  10. Add the drained cherries, the fresh coriander, and the two chopped up peppers.
  11. Cook for another 5 minutes, stirring often.
  12. Add the tequila, salt OR salt sub and pepper.
  13. Bring back to a boil.
  14. Remove from heat.
  15. Pack hot into 1/4 litre (1/2 US pint) jars or 1/2 litre (US pint) jars.
  16. Leave 2 cm (1/2 inch) headspace.
  17. Debubble, adjust headspace.
  18. Wipe jar rims.
  19. Put lids on.
  20. Process in a water bath or steam canner.
  21. Process either size jar for 15 minutes. Increase time as needed for your altitude.
  22. Best after at least a month of jar time.