Salsa throwdown

Discussion in 'Side Items' started by pitrow, Aug 26, 2008.

  1. pitrow

    pitrow Smoking Fanatic

    Ok, so at work a few people have decided it's time to have a salsa throwdown and crown the king or queen of salsa, so I'm looking for a good recipe and hope some of you could help out.

    Maybe something not super hot, but with a little kick. Some smoky flavor maybe.

    I've never made salsa before, and I certainly don't aspire to be the King of Salsa, but sounds like a good way to expand my knowledge.

    Thanks for your help!
  2. jlhog

    jlhog Smoke Blower

    Buy a couple jars of Pace and throw it in a Tupperware bowl, just fer laughs!!!
  3. daboys

    daboys Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

  4. lfroberts5

    lfroberts5 Fire Starter

    3) 14 oz cans Hunt Basil, Garlic, and Oregano Tomatoes
    1) 10 oz can Green Chili Tomatoes
    4) Roma Tomatoes

    ½ Red onion
    3 Tablespoons vinegar
    2 Tablespoons Garlic
    ½ tsp cumin
    1 tsp black pepper
    ¼ tsp salt
    2 tsp garlic powder
    1 Bundle Cilantro

    Chop in food processor
    Simmer in pot for ½ hour
  5. davenh

    davenh Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Every few years we can a huge supply of this salsa. It is very good, everyone loves it. Found it on a canning site a while back. If it's not being canned, you might want to cook it down a little more. I add a little extra tomato paste to get a good consistency. I also chop everything into nice chunky sized pieces [​IMG].

    8 cups tomatoes, peeled, chopped and drained
    2 ½ cups chopped onion
    1 ½ cups chopped green pepper
    3 – 5 chopped jalapenos
    6 cloves minced garlic
    2 tsp cumin
    2 tsp pepper
    1/8 cup canning salt
    ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
    1/3 cup sugar
    1/3 cup vinegar
    16 oz. tomato sauce
    16 oz tomato paste
    Mix all ingredients, bring to a boil, boil 10 minutes. Pour into hot jars, process at 10 lbs of pressure for 30 minutes for pints.
    Makes 6 pints
  6. wutang

    wutang Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Every once in a while we make a mango salsa that is very good.

    2 mangos, pitted and diced
    1 green bell pepper diced
    1 red bell pepper diced
    1 jalapeno diced
    1/2 red onion diced
    About 1/2 cup cilantro chopped (I just snip the leafy parts off with kitchen shears)
    The juice of one lemon
    The juice of one lime.

    Combine all ingredients in a bowl and put in the fridge for a while before serving. It is always better the day after you made it.
  7. desertlites

    desertlites Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Nice Dave-very close to one of mine I cook down-will save. points
  8. ghost308

    ghost308 Fire Starter

    I must have looked at a thousand salas recipes , heres what I learned. Everything Must Be Fresh ! Nothing Canned !!!
    And for that little hint of smoke your looking for , roast your tomatoes and peppers over a wood fire until the skins blister all the way around, remove the skins then dice them for your salsa. I'd even try popping them in the smoker until they blister and turn black on the outside.
    One more tip , after roasting, pop them into a paper bag until they cool the skins will be easyer to remove.
  9. richoso1

    richoso1 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    If you're using fresh onion/garlic, roast it also in the same way. If you try the smoker, crank up the heat to blister the chile/pepper skins. Once they cool, you can also rub the skin off under a faucet. For real taste and texture, don't remove all the charred skin from the peppers/chiles. No wooden fire, use the stove top burners to char the skins, the oven will do the same thing to all items being roasted and still give you added flavor. Good luck my friend.
  10. big game cook

    big game cook Smoking Fanatic

    i make a mango habenaro salsa. i take a few mangoes and they must be real ripe. i purree in a processor. and add 1 or two habanaros. to the purree. and add 1 purreed onion. add a dash of water to help turn to patse. add a pinch of dried cilantro and some smoked or minced garlic. then i place over heat for 15 min to heat and blend. very sweet and will kick ya in the rear. and its real pretty in a jar. yellow with bits of orange and green.
  11. big game cook

    big game cook Smoking Fanatic

    i also like green tomillito and avocodo salsa. i take raw serreno or jalapeno peppers. about a doz give or take.

    and 1 lb of tomillitos. purree them. finly chop to purree the peppers as well.

    add 5 real ripe avocodos purreed. add chopped cilantro and minced garlic to taste. stirr over heat for 15 min. makes a good green salsa and a change to the regular salsa.

    just shooting ideas for ya. but assume youll go red.

    i always use and grow roma. i dont like the gel in tomatoes and dont favor tomatoes at all except in salsa. i can 10-15 varieties every year. and last year experimented with red salsa with shredded zuchinni. turned out real good.

    i made about 60-70 jars last season. and still have several. i really dont do a set recipe for mine. there a luck of the draw thing.

    another i like is peach. not hot but sweet and different.

    coursely chop 20-25 roma tomatoes.

    add to stock pot. skin and pit 6 peaches and chop into 1/2 to 1/4 " chunks. add 6 finely chopped jalapeno peppers. 1 tsp chopped cilantro. 1/2 cup white sugar. add 2 tsp minced garlic. you can add a few other seasonings to taste. boil for 30 min.

    good luck on your venture. hope to hear the results.
  12. rodbuilder

    rodbuilder Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    Here's a salsa recipe I posted a while back. Since the post I have made it several times and everyone has loved it. It works well in pulled pork sammies as well as our fish tacos that we have about once a week...

    It's different but a pleasant change...

    Cabbage Salsa
  13. motorhedd

    motorhedd Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    For the twisted few here is a down and dirty salsa (chile)
    6 jalapenos
    2 anaheim chiles
    2 yellow hots (chiles)
    1 habenero (its small and orange:BEWARE!)
    1 big tomato
    1 tbl spoon garlic powder
    1 tbl spoon onion powder
    some salt
    1> roast and sweat chiles (the peppers) and peel(sloppy is good leave some char)
    2> roast tomato and peel
    3> put in food processor add garlic,onion,salt,splash of water and pulse
    4> place in dip dish serve tostadas,doritos for dipping
    This little concoction is found served in the majority of Mexican households
    For authenticity the molcajete is used for mashing ingredients

    INFO On the molcajete:

    Disclaimer:the Habenero is not essential!!!![​IMG]
  14. jminion

    jminion Meat Mopper OTBS Member

    Bill Wight has a recipe site (if I remember right) with about 1600+ salsa recipes. Has 1000's of recipes BBQ (3400+) and other styles of cooking. They are compressed so you can open with WinZip and they are setup so you can import into Master Cook recipe program if you have it.
  15. motorhedd

    motorhedd Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    jminion you are brilliant!did a little looking around and if you don't have mastercook the .mxp file can be viewed in notepad,wordpad,msword,or any other text editor.methinx we are gonna spring for mastercook tho.Thanx for a great tip![​IMG]
  16. motorhedd

    motorhedd Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

  17. coyote

    coyote Master of the Pit

  18. supervman

    supervman Smoking Fanatic

    Yeah, I live in Minnesota, but I used to do shot glasses of tabasco. (now I gotta cut back on that action)

    This is what I make and it's real good.

    ¼ TSP SALT


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