My garden overflows. . .

 I wish!  After several years of attempting to be gardners with marginal success at best, we let the grass grow over our garden and just wait until the end of the season to make homemade salsa and pasta sauce.  And look at the price of all these tomatoes!  Add 1.00 for 10 limes, and .57 cents for the jalapenos, this is going to make lots of salsa for under $10.00.  Pace brand sauce in my grocery store sells for $3.99 for a 10 ounce jar!

This recipe all started when there used to be a fast food Mexican chain (Baja Fresh) that we went to that had the most amazing salsa I had ever tried.  It was perfectly smooth (not a fan of chunky salsa) and it had these delicious black flecks swimming in the salsa.  I always left with a big container.  Then one day, THEY CLOSED THEIR DOORS.  No more salsa!

We paid .79 to a website for copy cat recipes, and now my daughter and I are in salsa heaven!  We thought that the black flecks might be black beans, but what it turned out to be was the char on the tomatoes and jalapenos.

Begin by heating your grill (I use the gas grill to control the heat better) so it is really hot.  Mine got up to about 500 degrees.  Place the tomatoes and jalapenos on the grill and grill until they are completely black.  For tomatoes this size, it took about 45 minutes.

They start out like this:

But end up lovely like this!


Here is the recipe.  I tried making a giant batch once, but the flavor wasn’t the same, so I just make this small recipe over and over until I am out of tomatoes!

  • 7 firm medium tomatoes, cold
  • 1 small jalapeno
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 1 ½ cups water (optional, depends on how juicy your tomatoes are)
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 4 tablespoons chopped cilantro (fresh)

Just throw everything in the blender or food processor and pulse until smooth.  You’ll be hard pressed not to dip chips even though its still warm!  I have kept this in the fridge for up to a week, but usually can it in a water bath for 30 minutes in pint or quart size jars. 




12 thoughts on “My garden overflows. . .

  1. I live in the LAND OF THE GRILLING YEAR ROUND and never had thought of plopping a tomato on there!!


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  2. I’m curious about your salsa recipe, as I received a canner for a gift and this is one of the first things I want to make. The tomatoes are charred whole, but the recipe says cold tomatoes… so is that after the charring? Also, do you just blend in the core and all. My co-worker eats at Baja every single day, but I’ve yet to go there. Thanks for sharing your recipes… I just landed here, but I can see I’m going to have fun looking around.

    • Sorry if it was confusing! I core the tomatoes, basically just taking the stem off – then I put them in the fridge. When you have cold tomatoes to the hot grill they don’t lose as much juice that way. But after that, I just throw it all in the foodprocessor. Let me know how it turns out!

  3. dishinanddishes

    Mmmm… looks wonderful. I never thought about grilling to enhance the flavors. I’m going to have to try it! Bet you could also do pablanos, and onions! Yumm!

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