Tomato Salsas

I may lose my membership card in the cool food blogger’s club when I say this, but I feel like I need to get it out there.  I like tomato salsas from a jar better than fresh made salsas.

There, that’s quite a load off.  There are so many brands of salsas out there that you’ll never be able to sample more than a few within the genres.  Green ones, fruit salsas, bean salsas etc etc.  I’m restricting my comment to the various tomato salsas.  I bought a small jar of  Newman’s tomato salsa the other day, I forget the exact name, “Bandito Salsa” or the like.  I thought it was pretty tasty and went online to see if there was a copycat recipe that would come close to reproducing it.  Not much luck finding that particular recipe, but there were plenty of others-Googling “canned tomato salsa recipe” garnered 95K hits.

So…I rummage through the cupboard for canned tomatoes.  I usually have a can or two of diced tomatoes with green chilies but found only a can with chipotle. I dumped those into a bowl and started sorting through  other stuff that might go well in there, some garlic cloves, pickled jalapenos, oregano, fresh parsley (don’t get me started on cilanto), chili powder, garlic powder, some red onion.  Had a fun time mixing and tasting.  Took a spoonful to Mrs J to taste along with a nacho chip or two.  She gave me the “you gave me hot stuff on purpose look and I hate you” look.  Ok, back to the cupboard, open a can of plain diced bits, dump that in.  Hmm…some cumin seeds, toss some of those in there.  More chili powder?  Yeah just a bit.  Back out to Mrs J with another sample.  Better, she’s eating it!  She’s eating it!

OK.  It’s been in the fridge for a couple of days now, about a quart.  I’m not going to eat all that anytime soon.  Well, let me just fire up the water bath and I’ll can that stuff right up!  Yay for mason jars!


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