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Freezer Salsa

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. Cook: 45 min. + cooling

Makes

10 cups

Kids in the home economics class at the school where I teach were making this freezer salsa, and it smelled so good that I got the recipe. It's a great way to use up garden produce. —Deanna Richter, Elmore, Minnesota
Freezer Salsa Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 8 cups diced seeded peeled tomatoes (about 10 large)
  • 2 medium green peppers, chopped
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup tomato paste
  • 2/3 cup condensed tomato soup, undiluted
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper

Directions

  1. In a Dutch oven or large saucepan, combine all ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 45 minutes, stirring often.
  2. Pour into small freezer containers. Cool to room temperature, about 1 hour. Cover and freeze for up to 3 months. Stir before serving.
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Nutrition Facts

1/4 cup: 22 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 375mg sodium, 5g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.

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