You can make your own spicy diced tomato and chili homemade rotel tomatoes recipe with garden tomatoes this summer and fill your freezer full of flavor.

Homemade “Rotel” Tomatoes Recipe

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You can make your own spicy diced tomato and chili homemade Rotel tomatoes recipe with garden tomatoes this summer and fill your freezer full of flavor.

Rotel Tomatoes

My little sprouts and I have harvested over 100 pounds of tomatoes this year. What are we doing with all of those tomatoes? We are eating them like crazy as well as freezing them to use later. 

Tomatoes and peppers

The kids have also been taking some home and I have shared with family, friends, and neighbors. I have made multiple quarts of roasted tomato sauce to put in the freezer to use throughout the year. 

What is Rotel?

Rotel is canned diced tomatoes with diced chili peppers. It is an ingredient in soups, sauces, queso, and casseroles. Rotel tomatoes give tomatoes for a recipe with lots of extra flavor.

I have also been making homemade Rotel tomatoes. I use it for many things. It brings a ton of flavor to dishes and it’s super versatile. 

Why make your own Rotel instead of buying it?

  • Having the ingredients already from the garden for free.
  • Better flavor
  • Better quality
  • Chemical free produce
  • More nutritious produce

What you grow, you know what’s in it, what’s been on it, and how it’s been handled. It’s great to make a bunch of Rotel and freeze it instead of letting your wonderful produce go to waste.

It’s super simple to make and freeze a bunch of it at once and you only have to clean up a mess one time. And it saves time to grab it from your freezer instead of going to the store.

Rotel recipes

We have been making these slow cooker Rotel pork chops and they are the bomb! We also make this spicy tuna casserole with Rotel. And the most popular soup I make for the kids that they just love is this taco soup recipe with Rotel. 

Click here for a ton more Rotel recipes using Rotel tomatoes.


As I have stated before USDA and DHS regulations prevent me from serving home canned foods to my kids, so I freeze as much of our produce as I can to use throughout the year.  My version of Rotel tomatoes is easy as can be and super handy to have on hand to add flavor to many dishes.

Homemade "Rotel" Tomatoes Recipe ingredients on a cutting board, tomatoes, hot peppers, onion

Diced tomatoes and green chilies

First, dice up an onion into fairly small dice. Then dice up whatever hot peppers you have, and about two cups of tomatoes. The finer you can get them the better. I like a petite dice on my tomatoes especially.

finely diced tomatoes onions and hot peppers in a bowl

Homemade Rotel for freezing

Toss them in a Ziploc bag and get out as much air as you can to prevent freezer burn. I make tons of homemade Rotel for freezing. Then when you need a can of Rotel tomatoes, just grab out a bag and drop it in your recipe. Easy peasy! It lasts in the freezer for months and tastes as good as canned and a lot fresher in your recipes. 

Homemade Rotel

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You can make your own spicy diced tomato and chili homemade rotel tomatoes recipe with garden tomatoes this summer and fill your freezer full of flavor.
Homemade Rotel
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins

Spicy diced tomatoes to enhance many recipes

Course: Salad
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: hot peppers, rotel, tomatoes
Servings: 4
Author: Christina
  • 2 c finely diced tomatoes
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2-3 small hot peppers of your choice, very finely diced
  1. Chop all ingredients and mix. 

  2. Rotel can be frozen and used when needed.

Rotel chili

Making homemade Rotel chili couldn’t be simpler. You just need some meat, some beans, and some of your frozen Rotel. It’s magnificent flavor is going to blow you away!

What is your favorite way to use your garden tomatoes? Click here to find more ways to use your excess tomatoes from the garden and excess hot peppers from the garden.

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Homemade Rotel Tomatoes Recipe

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    1. This recipe makes about a can and a half worth. A can is almost two cups and this recipe makes around 3 cups depending on how big your peppers an onion are.

    1. You could can it for sure. I don’t know anything about canning, but i would follow the instructions for canned tomatoes if I were going to try.

  1. hi christina, generally would two tomatoes equate to two cups? i know size varies. what chillies would you recommend? thanks!

    1. It really depends on the tomatoes, most tomatoes wouldn’t be a cup each, but a few would like the biggest slicers might be. When I make this, I use whatever kind of hot peppers we have. We’ve used jalapenos, serranos, habaneros, or whatever is on hand. Whatever kind of peppers you like the flavor of is perfect. Sorry those answers aren’t super helpful, but I hope you give it a try with whatever you have available. It’s going to be yummy! Thanks for checking it out.

  2. This is fantastic, I used jarred jalapeños, added some of the juice from the jar. I let it sit for a while so the flavors could mingle and it’s as if I opened a can of Rotel. I highly recommend this recipe.

      1. Thanks for sharing! Have lots of peppers and tomatoes ripening. I don’t go to the grocery store any oftener than I have to,so having this mix in freezer simplifies my life!

        1. I don’t, but if you want skinless tomatoes, you can blanch them in boiling water for 2 minutes and then shock them in an ice bath and the skins will slide right off. I don’t notice the skins in the finished product though. It’s all a matter of personal preference. Thanks for asking!

  3. Ok, first of all … “My little sprouts and I have harvested over 100 pounds of tomatoes this year” … can I simply say … jealous? While I did really good with tomatoes this year, the lack of lengthy heat really had our production down this season.

    With that said, it looks like a great mix you have there.

    1. I would share if you came over! 🙂 He he. We have been very blessed. We’ve had many strange cool spells this summer, but not cool enough to slow down the tomatoes. A cool spell for us is 85. Today I didn’t get near as many but it was 100 most of last week and tomatoes won’t make fruit when it’s that hot, so hopefully we will get another rev up in production. If not, it was a good ride! 🙂 Thank you for reading!

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