Now...I'm going to take a moment and tell you all something. Back when I was preparing for this big project I forgot the big can of tomatoe sauce at the bulk grocery store. My dear sister was going there the next day, and said she'd pick it up for me! Of course this led to the whole...what are you up to now conversation....and that lead to "Oh, I'll come help". Poor thing....she really didn't know what she just got herself into. Fast forward to canning day....she is on jalapeño duty. I'm busy cutting away at the bell peppers and onions while she worked diligently cutting such small chunks of these jalapeño peppers. At first we didn't think they were very hot, but I forgot to put out the plastic gloves for her to use, and the seeds were actually quite pungent! Her hands proceeded to nearly catch on fire and with each slice of the knife a bit of juice would pop out and ever so strategically land in her eye. She was nearly blinded, but did not leave her duty, and stayed at the jalapeño station until her job was done. It may be awhile before she offers her assistance in one of my "new projects."
To each quart jar we added 3 cups of the drained beans, 1/3 cup of bell pepper, 1/2 cup onion, 1 tablespoon jalapeño, 1 large clove garlic-pressed, 2 teaspoon chili powder, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, 1 teaspoon each of paprika and cumin. Topped it off with 1/2 cup tomato sauce and hot water to the 1 inch fill line.
It was quite exciting to watch the process take place. They look so pretty as you layer them with all the colorful veggies, spices, and sauce! And quite interesting how the water kinda diluted it all and slipped around each bean....mesmerizing almost!
De-bubble and add more hot water as needed! Leave at least 1/2 inch headspace...I did a whole inch. Wipe down your jar with vinegar to clear it from any spills! This also gives you one last chance to inspect the rim for any chips or dings! Place lids on and add rings on finger tight and place into prepared pressure canner.
You'll notice that the beans swelled a bit more and soaked up the juices! This is a good thing...they're taking on all that flavor! As time passes they will take more and more of that flavor on, infusing the beans! Yeah baby, that's what we want to achieve! If you wait a few weeks to use them, the flavor will be better!