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CFM Recipes

Very Hot Salsa

Servings: 4
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Laura Thoenen, mother of Jared and Noah of Thoenen Produce, shares this pressure cooker recipe for hot salsa.


  • 30 medium tomatoes
  • 2 cups onions
  • 4 bell peppers
  • 2 cups jalapenos (for mild, add 1/2 to 1 cup, to taste)
  • 2 TBSP brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 4 TBSP salt
  • 4 TBSP garlic powder
  • 1/2 TBSP cilantro leaves (optional)


Core and cut out bad spots on tomatoes. Scald briefly in boiling water. Remove, drop in ice water bowl, and remove skin. Chop tomatoes in food processor, just long enough to achieve your desired chunkiness. Pour the tomatoes in to a big non-stick pot. Cook for an hour. Drain off excess juice. I use a wire basket and a cup to push the tomatoes down to release the juice. After draining the juice, chop onions, bell peppers and jalapenos, and add to drained cooked tomatoes.  Add brown sugar, vinegar, salt and garlic powder. Cook for a few hours, stirring often. If too juicy, remove excess juice through a strainer. Can in a pressure cooker.  

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