Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Taco Sauce


We love tacos in our house. But with little ones they don't like spicy like the adults do. I also was in search of a recipe that did not include corn syrup, as we are trying to eliminate it from our diets. 


Taco Sauce

13 1/2 cups pureed tomatoes or 111 oz can diced tomatoes
1/4 cup minced onion
1 3/4 cups vinegar
1/4 cup garlic powder or 1/8 cup minced garlic
2 Tablespoons salt
2 Tablespoons paprika
2 Tablespoons sugar
1 Tablespoon crushed red pepper
13 chopped jalapenos or 12 oz jar jalapeno slices
Tomato paste, optional for thickness (we use 2 - 6 ounce cans)

Hot water canner
Large sauce pan or soup pot
Ladle
Funnel
Jar Lifter
Jars, lids, rims
Blender or Immersion Blender
Mix all ingredients together in the large sauce pan. Simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Blend sauce with immersion blender or place hot sauce in blender.


If you are new to Boiling-Water Bath Canning, I recommend reading my tutorial on this type of canning.

Get your jars ready. Jars should be clean, can run through the dishwasher or wash in hot soapy water. Place funnel on top of jar and fill leaving 1/4 inch head space. Wipe rims of jars clean with warm wash cloth. Place lids on jars and tighten with rims.

Process in a boiling-water canner for 30 minutes. Remove jars with jar remover carefully. Place hot jars on level surface. I cover my counter top with a double layered kitchen towel and place jars on top.Using a hot pad or glove, check that the rims are tightened.

As the jars cool, you will hear a "ping" when the lid seals. Make sure all of your jars have sealed. They are sealed if the button in the middle of the lid in depressed. If you have any jars that have not sealed, you can reprocess them or store the jar in the refrigerator for use.

Makes 10 pints or 5 quarts.

You can buy a large can of tomatoes at any warehouse store or check your grocery aisle for bulk foods.

Please check with your local extension office for any changes due to altitude for times or temperatures. Above instructions are for elevation 1000 feet or below.

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