Tomato Taco Sauce
- 8 quarts peeled, cored, finely chopped paste tomatoes
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed
- 5 cups chopped onions
- 4 jalapeño peppers, seeded, chopped
- 4 long green chiles, seeded, chopped
- 2½ cups vinegar (5 percent)
- 2 tablespoons salt
- 1½ tablespoons black pepper
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 2 tablespoons oregano leaves (optional)
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin (optional)
- Yield: 11 pints
- Note: This recipe works best with paste tomatoes, as slicing tomatoes will yield a thin watery salsa. If you only have slicing tomatoes available, use the Tomato/Tomato Paste Salsa recipe.
- Caution: Wear plastic or rubber gloves and do not touch your face while handling or cutting hot peppers. If you do not wear gloves, wash hands thoroughly with soap and water before touching your face or eyes.
- Procedure: Wash and rinse canning jars; keep hot until ready to use. Prepare lids according to manufacturer’s directions.
- Preparing Peppers: The jalapeño peppers do not need to be peeled. The skin of long green chiles may be tough. If you choose to peel chiles, peel using one of these two methods to blister skins:
- Oven or broiler method to blister skins – Place chiles in a hot oven (400°F) or broiler for 6 to 8 minutes until skins blister.
- Range-top method to blister skins – Cover hot burner (either gas or electric) with heavy wire mesh. Place peppers on burner for several minutes until skins blister.
- To peel, after blistering skins, place peppers in a pan and cover with a damp cloth. (This will make peeling the peppers easier.) Cool several minutes; slip off skins. Discard seeds and chop.
- Hot Pack: Combine all ingredients in a large sauce pot and heat, stirring frequently, until mixture boils. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring frequently until thick (about 1 hour). Ladle hot into clean, hot jars, leaving ½-inch headspace. Remove air bubbles and adjust headspace if needed. Wipe rims of jars with a dampened, clean paper towel; apply two-piece metal canning lids.
- Process in a boiling water canner according to the recommendations below.
Betty’s Taco Sauce
Betty demonstrates how to make Taco Sauce from scratch.
This is a refreshing alternative to bottled taco sauce. Taco sauce is a perfect addition to breakfast tacos and many other tex mex dishes, this was great!