Homemade “Rotel” Tomatoes Recipe

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.

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

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. 

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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 gives tomatoes for a recipe with lots of extra flavor.

I have also been making homemade Rotel tomatoes. I use it for many things, but what I use it for the most is one of my kid’s favorite dishes, taco soup.

Rotel recipes

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

Homemade Rotel diced tomatoes and green chilies recipe

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

Toss them in a Ziploc bag and get out as much air as you can to prevent freezer burn.  Then when you need a can of Rotel tomatoes, just grab out a bag and drop it in your recipe. Easy peasy!

Homemade Rotel

5 from 1 vote
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
Ingredients
  • 2 c finely diced tomatoes
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2-3 small hot peppers of your choice, very finely diced
Instructions
  1. Chop all ingredients and mix. 

  2. Rotel can be frozen and used when needed.

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Homemade Rotel Tomatoes Recipe

14 comments

  1. Lori says:

    Can you can this recipe or just freezer?

  2. Geoff says:

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

    • Christina says:

      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.

  3. Peggy says:

    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.

  4. Mary says:

    5 stars
    Thanks, this was a very easy way to freeze more tomatoes.

  5. Mike the Gardener says:

    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.

    • 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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