It was difficult deciding which tomato recipe I would share this time for our challenge. I have a few that I've been wanting to make lately, but these homemade stewed tomatoes won out. I love how I can make a big batch, freeze what I don't use in a few days, and have tomatoes ready to add to many different recipes whenever I need them.
Last summer I grew tomatoes in my garden and when it came time to harvest them, I wasn't sure what I should make. I searched online for recipes that I could use in multiple ways. I came across this stewed tomato recipe and decided to try it. It was very good, but I wanted to add additional ingredients to boost the flavor a bit. I played around with the amounts of my ingredients and settled on this absolutely delicious recipe that I am sharing today.
Easy to Make Homemade Stewed Tomatoes
My favorite tomatoes to use for this recipe are campari tomatoes. They are a bit smaller, but I love their taste. During the summer, I use the tomatoes that I've grown in my garden - Roma and Early Girl or heirloom. When I buy at the store - Campari, and vine tomatoes are what I go for. This recipe was made with Campari (bought at Costco) and bunches of vine tomatoes.
Ingredients Needed To Make Stewed Tomatoes
Look at these fresh ingredients! The more color the better, right? Those tomatoes were perfectly ripe and I admit to eating a few as a snack before making the stewed tomatoes.
5 lbs tomatoes
1/2 large onion (sweet ones are the best, or yellow)
1 bell pepper - green, orange, or yellow to add color to the recipe
2-3 celery stalks
1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
3 t salt
2 1/2 t sugar
1. Chop the onions, pepper, and celery into bite size pieces.
3. Cut tomatoes in half.
4. Place all your ingredients in a large saucepan and cook over med-low heat for 45 minutes. The flavors will be perfectly combined and your celery and onions will be soft.
That's it! You will have tomatoes ready to eat, add them to a recipe, can them, or put them in a quart freezer bag for future use. These are fabulous as a salsa base, just add a few spicy peppers and get some chips!
This is a batch I made with tomatoes from my garden last fall. Notice the deep, rich color of the tomatoes. This was a flavorful addition to my Stuffed Pepper Soup, which I'm thinking of making again now that I'm looking at the photo.
I hope you like the flavor of these homemade stewed tomatoes. I have a feeling that you may not bother with the canned ones again after trying these. Want more recipes that use tomatoes? Visit the 25+ recipes made by other bloggers below!