margret's picante sauce

Margaret´s Picante Sauce

What is the best tasting salsa ever?

Is The Picante Sauce Your Neighbor Delivers

When I first mentioned great-salsa.com to my sister Nancy, she said,

“The best salsa is the salsa your neighbor delivers to your door with a cheerful smile and a tremendous amount of Love and the only salsa recipes you will ever need is Margaret´s.”

Here is a great big Thank you to Margaret Chaffin of Brownfield, Texas for the generosity of sharing her favorite salsa recipe.

You too can make up a big batch of Margaret´s hot picante sauce recipe to share with your neighbors and friends.

Enjoy!  It doesn´t get any better than this.

Margaret´s Picante Sauce
  • 1 ½ Gallons Fresh Ripe Tomatoes
  • 3 large onions
  • 8 bell peppers
  • 1 quart jalapeños
  • 1 Tablespoon Garlic Powder
  • 4 Tablespoon Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon crushed Red Pepper
  • 2 Tablespoon Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Salad Oil
  • ½ cup Vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon Cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Chili Powder
  1. Peel 1 ½ Gallons Fresh Ripe Tomatoes by putting in boiling water for 15 seconds and then in ice water) hand chop and if tomatoes are watery - let set for a few minutes and drain off excess juice. This will make your sauce chunky!
  2. Using a food processor chop the next 3 ingredients: 3 large onions, 8 bell peppers, 1 quart jalapeños.
  3. Measure the following: 1 Tablespoon Garlic Powder, 4 Tablespoon Salt, 1 Tablespoon Pepper, 1 Tablespoon crushed Red Pepper, 2 Tablespoon Sugar, 1 Tablespoon Salad Oil, ½ cup Vinegar, 1 Tablespoon Cumin, 1 teaspoon Paprika, 1 teaspoon Chili Powder.
  4. Put all ingredients in large pot - bring to rolling boil - turn down heat - Cook 20 minutes.
  5. Put in sterile jars and seal.
  6. Makes approximately 17 pints.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1

Just got this from a loyal reader.

I am in Canada and trying to do this recipe properly. I can’t buy the tomatoes in the measurement offered, so I was hoping you could tell me how much to use?

Margret calls for 1 ½ Gallons Fresh Ripe Tomatoes can you tell me what that is in “Number of tomatoes” or even in cups? I have no idea what a gallon of tomatoes looks like. Thanks so much, Renee.

Sure Renee, sorry for the confusion!

How about we start with one cup of chopped tomatoes.
Depending on the size of your tomatoes for example 1 really large tomato could easily yield 1 cup of chopped tomato or it might take 2 -3 Roma tomatoes to equal 1 cup.

Now that you have 1 cup of chopped tomato. Here is the conversion:

2 cups = 1 pint
2 pints = 1 quart
4 quarts = 1 gallon
6 quarts = 1 1/2 gallons

Keep in mind that Margaret’s Picante Sauce recipe will make approximately 17 pints of salsa.

Since I am not familiar with how your supply of fresh tomatoes in Canada would be this time of the year. You might consider using your favorite brand of “canned” diced tomatoes in this recipe, instead.

Just be sure to drain the juice from the diced tomatoes and use the equivalent amount called for in the recipe. I have been very pleased with the results.

Please keep us updated on your “salsa success”

All the Best,

Capt’n Salsa

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