Elmer's Hot Salsa

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One of my neighbors here in Kamp Anza [1] makes the best salsa. . good and hot. So, one day I said, "Elmer, please come over and show me how to make this so I can put it in my book." He did come over and this is how it is done. - Donna Schumacher

Where's the Chips ?

We used a mixture of fresh peppers. habaneros, yellow chiles, jalapeños and serrano. After washing them and removing the stems, we put all the peppers in a large pot. I guess we had about a pound or more of peppers. We added 2 chopped onions, 1 whole head of garlic, 3 bay leaves, ½ cup fresh basil, oregano to taste (about 1 tablespoon), ½ bunch fresh cilantro, 1 teaspoon cumin, salt and pepper. Then, added water to cover and cooked until the peppers are tender. After the peppers are tender, remove from heat and let cool a little. Now, a little at a time, mix in a blender to make the hot pepper sauce. Then when you want, take some of this and mix with either some chopped canned tomatoes (or fresh ones). If using fresh tomatoes, I like to take a little oil in a fry pan and saute the tomatoes until the skin softens. Remove from pan, peel, chop and add to the pepper mixture.

The remaining pepper sauce can be put into containers and frozen until needed.

Thanks, Elmer and thanks to your wife, Eva for letting you come over.

A special note from the Chef Chef's note: Elmer doesn't measure anything, so the amounts listed here are just what I think he used. The straight ground pepper mixture will light your fire!

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  1. ^ Kamp Anza, Anza Ca.