Good morning. There seemed to be some interest in the enchilada sauce I canned last week.
It is very easy to make. You can use fresh tomatoes (as that is what the recipe called for) or you can use canned - whole, diced, crushed or add in plain tomato sauce. What ever you have you can use.
It calls for the sauce to be very chunky - I used the stick blender on mine as I wanted it pretty smooth like the kind you buy.
ENCHILADA SAUCE - for canning
12 C of tomatoes (with a cup or so of water added)
MIX TOGETHER IN A SEPERATE BOWL
6 tsp. chili powder
2 tsp. cumin
2 tsp. oregano
2 tsp. garlic powder
1 1/2 tsp. seasoned salt
Cook up your tomatoes until soft and smooshy and some of the liquid is cooked off! Like I said I blended mine up to a sauce consistency. I also ONLY added about 1/2 C of water to mine - as they were juicy.
ADD 1 Tbsp. of lemon juice to each JAR and then add 2 tsp. of spice mix to each JAR (pints). Add in tomatoes - leave 1/2" clearance. Clean tops and add lids and water bath 40 minutes after boil begins.
That is it!!!!!!
If using half pints - adjust the lemon and spice mixture added to each jar accordingly.
I mentioned I made a BIG MAC type sandwich at home last week.
2 all beef patties, lettuce, cheese, NO pickle for me (don't like on sandwiches), added tomato and "special sauce".
My sauce was a mixture of Thousand Island dressing, pickle relish and a squirt of catsup. Tasted just like McD's sauce! Just mix together till you get the right taste!
Simple and homemade!!!!
I hade a 'poor mans' Philly beef and cheese and baked beans on day as well.
BAKED BEANS - was a little can of Bushes beans - a little brown sugar, a nice squirt of catsup and some onion powder. Tasted pretty darn good jazzed up. Not like homemade made but sure better than just emptying a can!!!
PHILLY BEEF AND CHEESE
I used lean ground beef. Add beef and sliced peppers (from freezer) and some sliced onion and I even added a few frozen mushrooms to pan. Seasoned and let it all cook together. Drained fat. Gave a good dash of Worcestershire sauce and a good dash of Italian dressing. Let it all simmer together so flavors meld together. Perfect!
I placed on open face hamburger buns (what I had) and topped with Swiss cheese.
Sure made for one tasty and hearty sandwich.
So there you go. An easy-peasy canning recipe. And a couple knock-offs I made for dinner. Some days I see something on a commercial or a show and it just sounds good. I figure I can use what I have and get close to the same results.
We all get into the mode that we want something different - just experiment a little.
Hope this gives someone some ideas. Use what you have and have fun!