1/4 cup cider vinegar (may reduce or omit for less tartness, or substitute additional lime juice)
crushed red pepper flakes, optional (1/2 to 1 teaspoon to taste for a hotter salsa)
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Core and cut tomatoes in half. On large baking sheet, place tomatoes cut side down, peppers, quartered onion, & garlic cloves. Roast in preheated oven 30 min., removing garlic after 15 min. Skin of tomatoes and peppers should be blistered and partially blackened. Cover pan for 10 minutes; steam will make peeling skin easier. Remove tomato skins. Wearing plastic gloves, remove skin, seeds and stems from peppers (or leave seeds if you want hotter salsa). Place all ingredients in food processor and chop to desired consistency. If any juices remain in roasting pan, add those, too. Add crushed red pepper flakes if more heat is desired. Put salsa in fridge for at least 4 hours; best if made the day before. Will keep for up to 2 weeks in fridge when full amount of vinegar is used. May be frozen.
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For a 10-minute fire-roasted salsa recipe using canned ingredients, go to www.theyummylife/recipes/130