Zesty Tomatoes Recipe

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I love having pints of these spicy tomatoes in the freezer to use in place of canned stewed tomatoes with green chilies in my favorite recipes. Beside, home-grown is always much better than store-bought.—Cathy Hardin, Santa Monica, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 45 min. + cooling
MAKES:20 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 45 min. + cooling
MAKES: 20 servings


  • 12 medium tomatoes
  • 3 green peppers, chopped
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 to 4 jalapeno peppers, seeded and chopped
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt

Nutritional Facts

1/2 cup: 30 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 186mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 1g protein.


  1. Scald, peel and chop tomatoes; place in a kettle. Add remaining ingredients. Cook, uncovered, over medium heat 45 minutes, stirring often. Cool slightly; pack into freezer containers. Freeze up to 8 months. Yield: 5 pints.
Editor's Note: Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.
Originally published as Zesty Tomatoes in Country Woman July/August 1996, p36

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lovecooker User ID: 6249687 11511
Reviewed May. 4, 2014

"I love this.. It is so easy and good! I found this recipe 2 years ago and am I happy I come across it. I planted more tomatoes this year so I am going to have plenty. I put this in soups, chili, ham and beans, pasta salads and I make breaded tomatoes with my zesty tomatoes. I always make so many chopped, crushed or chunky tomatoes so I have plenty to choose from for what ever I am cooking. Thanks for this. I was discouraged canning the good old way... This gave me some confidence back."

Cherilaine User ID: 2952196 9651
Reviewed Aug. 19, 2010

"I've been making this for years. It is a wonderful, flavorful base to use for chili. Just add beans and ground beef and a can of tomato soup, if you'd like - no additional seasoning necessary. I've shared the recipe with friends and they rave about it, too."

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