Pain-in-the-Ass Salsa

(for canning)

This recipe makes 13 to 18 pints, depending on how liquid you want it. I usually end up leaving quite a bit of liquid in the pot when I fill my jars–which I turn into spicy tomato soup using an immersion blender and a can of peeled plum tomatoes. But you could use all the liquid and have more, but thinner salsa.

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18 lbs. tomatoes (about 40 large), skinned and chopped
45 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
6 cups chopped red onion
3 cups chopped roasted peppers (usually I have a mix of green and red)
4 1/2 cups chopped cilantro
3 tablespoons salt
2 cups red wine vinegar
juice of 3 limes
12 oz. tomato paste
1/4 cup sugar
15 jalapeño peppers. seeded and diced
dried chili flakes for more spice, if necessary

Bring ingredients to a boil in a very large pot (I use a 12-quart pot). Lower the heat and simmer uncovered about 30 minutes, until reduced. Then I ladle it (leaving much of the liquid behind) into sterilized pints leaving a 1/2-inch head space, top with lids and rings, and boil in a water canner for 15 minutes. There is nothing more satisfying than the sight of those jars on my counter. Oh, also the salsa is delicious. Did I mention that?

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