This corn salsa is among the best salsas I've had - the flavours are all balanced and work well together, and the grilling brings a great smokiness to the mix.
Course: Appetizer, Condiment, Snack
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Servings: 96- 12 Pints +
Author: Marie Porter
Clean, sterilized canning jars and rings
New, never-used, sterilized canning lids
Jar Lifter, Canning Funnel
LARGE pot to process them in
18Ears Fresh CornHusks removed
2Large Red Onions
2Yellow Bell Peppers
2Red Bell Peppers
2Green Bell Peppers
5Garlic clovesPressed or minced
⅔cupLime JuiceFreshly squeezed, ideally!
1 ½cupsGranulated Sugar
1bunchCilantroChopped (about 1 cup)
Heat your grill – I like to use charcoal for this, but propane is fine also.
While grill is heating, prepare your vegetables to roast:
– Remove husks and silk from the corn
– Slice onions into ½″ thick slices
– Slice poblano and bell peppers into large flat pieces, Cut jalapenos in half.*
Brush corn and peppers with olive oil, then grill everything until as “done” as you would like – personally, I like some dark grill marks for this, but not an overall char. Remove items as they are ready – the peppers will cook the fastest. Allow everything to cool.
Turn your (oven) broiler up to high.
Prepare a couple cookie sheets with foil or parchment paper. Remove husks from tomatillos, wash well and remove any that don’t look fresh/good. Slice each in half, arrange in a single layer on baking sheets. Roast under the broiler until as charred as you would like. Pour off excess juices, allow to cool.
Once everything is cool, chop up the peppers and onion, and use a sharp knife to remove kernels from the corn. Add all roasted vegetables to a large pot, alone with garlic, vinegar, lime juice, sugar, and salt, stir well.
Heat to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until liquid reduces a bit, and mixture reaches a consistency you like. Stir in the cilantro, if using, and cook for one more minute.
Ladle into hot, sterilized pint sized canning jars. Affix sterilized lids and rims, and process in a hot water bath for 15 minutes. (Add 5 minutes for altitudes above 1,000 feet; add 10 minutes for altitudes over 6,000 feet.) Allow to cool overnight.
Check all lids for a proper seal: they should have sucked down into a vacuum seal as the jars cooled. Store properly sealed jars for later use; refrigerate any that did not seal for use in the coming weeks.