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Easy Homemade Stewed Tomatoes

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Make your own easy homemade stewed tomatoes with this simple recipe. They taste so much better than from a can and are great for all kinds of meals.

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There’s a great program in Arizona called Borderlands Produce Rescue, and you can purchase a huge box of produce that would have otherwise ended up in a landfill. I love getting the boxes because there are often fruits and veggies that I have never tried before and plenty of produce to experiment with for new recipe ideas.

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The most recent box I received included a flat of greenhouse tomatoes. They were juicy and beautiful and there were so many of them. After filling myself up with caprese, I needed to figure out what to do with rest. Stewed tomatoes was the first thing that popped up in my mind. It’s easy to make, easy to freeze and easy to use in recipes. Making stewed tomatoes from scratch is so much tastier and so much healthier for you.

Quickly Peel the Skin Off the Tomatoes

You can leave the skin on the tomatoes if you prefer, but I peel the skin off of them. The easiest way to do this is to boil a pot of water on the stove and place the tomatoes in for 30 seconds, then remove the tomatoes and immediately put in a bowl of ice water. The tomato skins will peel off very easily and quickly.

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What to Do With Stewed Tomatoes

There are tons of recipes that call for stewed tomatoes. I use them at least once a month to make Slow Cooker Taco Chicken Breasts. You can use them as a pasta sauce, add them to beans or use them as a sauce for pasta or spaghetti squash. It’s easy to let the stewed tomatoes cool and then put them in a quart size freezer bag to freeze for up to 10 months.

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Homemade Stewed Tomatoes

Homemade Stewed Tomatoes

Yield: about 4 cups
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes


  • 10 large beef tomatoes
  • 1 medium yellow bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium white onion, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and diced
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar


To easily peel the tomatoes, boil a large pot of water and submerge the tomatoes into the water for 30 seconds, then transfer the tomatoes into an ice bath. The tomato skins will easily peel off.

Heat a large sauté or sauce pan on medium heat and add all the diced vegetables and the rest of the ingredients to the pan. Simmer for 30 minutes. Remove from heat and serve.


The jalapeño is optional. It adds very little heat, but feel free to omit it.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 80Total Fat: .7gSodium: 96mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 4gSugar: 10gProtein: 3g

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