Nancy & Jimmy Jobe’s Sassy, Simple Salsa – The Hereford Series

by Suzanne on July 12, 2012

Jimmy & Nancy Jobe's Salsa - The Hereford Series

I have to agree with my friend, Sharon.  Salsa is it’s own food group.  I mean, other than a seaweed, flax, and kale smoothie, where else are you going to get such a great combination of flavors.  (I’ll skip the Seaweed Smoothie, thanks.)  Tomatoes, onions, peppers, garlic – all good stuff.  Especially if I have some chips as my side dish!  By the way, that is a molcajete on the left.  The thing that looks like a rock, for those of you that were in on that discussion.

Jimmy and Nancy Jobe met while living in Hereford.  That’s Hereford, Texas.  Not Hereford, England, although the two certainly have the best looking cattle in the world.  Hereford Whiteface cattle.  I think you’ve heard this from me before.  Probably won’t be the last time you hear it from me either.  They were high school sweethearts and have been married forty years!  They both grew up tending gardens.  Nancy’s parents were both teachers as was Jimmy’s mom.  Jimmy’s dad worked for the Soil Conservation District.  Working hard, learning, and playing in the dirt is in their blood.  Currently living in Plano, Texas, Nancy – a chemist and quality engineer by profession,  a pianist and volunteer music director at their church – and Jimmy – an IT professional, and Chairman of the Board of their church – brought along their gardening skills with them from The Panhandle after living many places, including Germany and France.  By the pictures I’ve seen, they apparently grow lots of good veggies to sustain them with lots of the foods they love.  Their garden is organic and about 18′ X 22′ of raised beds.  They have had an abundance of tomatoes and peppers this year, ergo the salsa.

This recipe includes the canning of the salsa.  Canning is one way to make those great home-grown veggies last and last.  Oh, and today just happens to be National Canning Day.

I’ve done my part.

This salsa is very simple and certainly worth it.  Surpasses ALL salsa recipes of my past.  And will be the only one in my future.

Forever and ever.  Amen.

I didn’t tinker with the recipe much at all.  I used a little more green chile, a couple more whole, with seeds, jalapenos, and that’s it.  Why mess with it if it ain’t broke.

I need to call my husband though.  On his way home, we need more chips. . .

Nancy & Jimmy Jobe's Sassy, Simple Salsa - The Hereford Series

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Jobe's Sassy Simple Salsa
Recipe type: Appetiser
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Serves: 8 pints
Well, this recipe is listed as an appetizer, but for me, this is a meal with a few chips on the side. Perfect salsa for everyone. If you like it hotter, use more green chile and/or more jalapenos. And enjoy! Ole'!!!
  • 10 cups of peeled and chopped tomatoes
  • 1 cup of roasted, peeled and chopped green chilies (Hatch). We grow and use the “Big Jim” variety
  • 5 cups onions, chopped fine
  • 10 large garlic cloves, chopped fine
  • 5 medium roasted, peeled and chopped jalapenos with seeds
  • 4 medium fresh jalapenos chopped (split and remove ½ of the seeds before chopping)
  • 4 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 3 tablespoons kosher salt
  • ⅔ cup of fresh squeezed lime juice
  1. Combine all ingredients in a large sauce pan and simmer until onions are translucent and tender. Sample and adjust the seasoning to suit your taste and add more peppers if you want it hotter. The recipe above will produce a medium hot salsa. At this point I add a thickening agent to the salsa which is ¼ cup of cold water with 2 teaspoons of cornstarch stirred in and dissolved. Pour and stir this into the salsa and let simmer another 5 minutes.
  2. Take freshly washed and hot jars (I use the dishwasher and take them directly out during the hot dry cycle) and fill them up to the neck leaving about ½ inch of head space. Wipe the top of the filled jar with a clean towel. Place a hot lid (I have these simmering in a pan with about 2 inches of water on another burner) on the jar and screw the ring on tightly.
  3. Prepare a water bath cooker and bring to a boil, place the prepared jars in the cooker and cook at a slow boil for 15 minutes. Remove the jars from the cooker and place on a towel on the counter. As the jars start to cool to room temperature they will start sealing. All should be sealed within 2 hours. If one does not seal, refrigerate and eat it first.

Nancy & Jimmy Jobe's Sassy, Simple Salsa - The Hereford Series

My sincere thanks to Nancy and Jimmy for working hard to perfect this recipe and sharing it with the rest of us.

Nancy & Jimmy Jobe's Sassy, Simple Salsa - The Hereford Series

Until we eat again,

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Pilar July 12, 2012 at 12:44 AM

Sounds yummy!


Suzanne July 12, 2012 at 1:01 AM

Words can’t describe how good this is!


Nancy July 12, 2012 at 12:59 AM

We’re working on a habanero version now. Yeah, we had a lot of those, too!


Suzanne July 12, 2012 at 1:01 AM

I can’t wait! It will make a great sequel. 🙂


Misty July 12, 2012 at 2:04 AM

Just curious… I have read alot of salsa recipes, as I have so many tomatoes this year, I have made salsa, salsa, salsa! All of them have required either 5% vinegar or lemon juice for the acid to preserve it…. Any thoughts on how long this will keep with out adding the vinegar or lemon juice?


Misty July 12, 2012 at 2:05 AM

I just took another look and noticed the addition of lime juice. Maybe this accounts for the acid?


Suzanne July 12, 2012 at 2:14 AM

There is 2/3 cup of lime juice. That will take care of it. Thanks for stopping by and asking!


Shelby July 12, 2012 at 10:00 AM

I absolutely love salsa and the hotter the better! Ya wouldn’t know I’m from NY huh? 😉 Gorgeous photos!


April @ Angel's Homestead July 13, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Yum! Me and my family love us some salsa, and yours looks like it turned out perfect. Pass the chips! : )


Suzanne July 13, 2012 at 1:54 PM

RIGHT?! Which reminds me, I need to go get more chips!!!! Thanks for stopping by!


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