Rotel Tomatoes – Homemade Copycat

  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 40 mins
  • Yield: 1Quart
  • About This Recipe

    “Make your own Rotel Tomatoes to suit your taste. You can make it hot or mild. Source: Now Your Cookin'”


  • 1 1/2 quartspeeled chopped seeded tomatoes( about 4lbs)
  • 12 jalapenos or 12hot chili peppers, diced
  • 1teaspoonsalt
  • Directions

  • Place in 4 quart saucepan, and simmer until reduced to 1 quart.
  • (Measure 1 quart water into saucepan in advance, and mark on outside of pan, to help you judge).
  • The cans at the grocers are 10oz in size, so freeze in 1 cup portions.
  • This way you can adjust the hot peppers to suit yourself, and making small batches is so easy!
  • Remember, freezing makes the peppers hotter.
  • Reviews

  • “I am not sure what actual Rotel tomatoes should taste like but these are great.I used them in a recipe the other that called for Rotels and you cant buy them here so I made this recipe. Worked great, they would be great on hand for chili, casseroles or spaghetti sauce.”

  • “We cannot buy rotel tomatoes where I live so this is perfect for me. Love the fact that it is freezable. Thank you!”

  • “Have never seen Rotel tomatoes here in a can so you can imagine that I was very pleased to find this recipe. So easy to make and great taste. Used some for a pastasauce, a casserole and a chili. One batch I just had as it was, as a sauce over rice one day when I was too hurried to make anything “elaborate”. This will certainly be made again when I run out of my freezer-stored batches, want to have it on hand. Thanks for posting.”

  • “I didn’t realize Rotel would be so simple to make. My husband eats a ‘store bought’ can almost every day. He says it’s better than rotel. A great way to use up summer tomatoes. I did can instead of freezing ( Water bath for 15 minutes). Also when cooking down the juice, I just cooked until it looked right. It was perfect.”

  • “This is excellent! I used it in Eddie Shipman’s Tortilla Soup II recipe. I didn’t see any sense in buying Rotel when I had so many tomatoes canned already.I used 2 quarts of tomatoes, and made it mild, as my husband doesn’t like things too spicy, but I do, so I could “spice up mine with extra jalapenos”, and we both had an easy, delicious supper, courtesy of Miss Annie, and Eddie Shipman, thanks, this definitely is good.I’ve yet to try anything of Miss Annie’s that hasn’t been something we loved, I like the way they do it in Texas. 😉 I’ve bought Rotel once or twice, but this IS better!”