Thursday, 3 October 2013

The (secret) Campbell Salsa Recipe

Who doesn't love chips and salsa? Crisp, crunchy, salty corn chips; sweet, fresh, and tomatoey (that's an adjective, right?) salsa! It's the best! And since we love homemade in this house, we've spent a few summers trying to come up with the perfect tomato salsa. And this year we definitely got it. It's our Campbell family recipe and I'm so proud of it! 

I'm going to keep this post short and simple. This is our secret family recipe for the world's best-ever blue ribbon salsa. (Is that enough cliches for you?) Okay, for reals this time: 

Chris and Shayda's Sweet + Spicy Roasted Corn and Tomato Salsa

It really is a super tomato salsa; slightly sweet and a little bit spicy, full of roasted corn, onion, and tons of fresh Ontario tomatoes. Try the recipe for yourself while the tomatoes are still in season!

I would love to know what you think of our blue ribbon salsa (just kidding, but only about the ribbon)!


3 ears corn 
6 lbs tomatoes, peeled and chopped
1 white onion, chopped
1 yellow onion, chopped
1 red onion, chopped
2 red bell peppers, chopped
2 banana peppers, chopped
3 (180 mL) cans tomato paste 
1/2 cup white vinegar
2 tbsp garlic powder
1 1/2 tbsp salt
1 tbsp cayenne pepper
1/4 white sugar
1/4 brown sugar


Remove husks from ears of corn. Grill corn on a bbq or stove top grill until browned on all sides. Remove all kernels from each cob. Set aside. 

Combine all ingredients in a large, heavy bottomed pot. Simmer until thick, 3-4 hours. 

Using a funnel, pack the salsa into hot, sterilized jars, filling the jars to within 1-2 cm of the top. 
Run a chopstick around the insides of the jars after they have been filled to remove any air bubbles. 
Wipe rims with a damp paper towel to remove any food residue. Top with lids, and screw on rings.

Process in a boiling water bath canner for 10 minutes. 
Yields: 8 pint (500 mL) jars. 

Pardon my apron...

Once you've made your salsa, you can finally make tacos for dinner! (I suppose you could have made them before, but would they have been this good? I don't think so)

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