The Best Stewed Tomatoes Ever

Stewed tomatoes, sigh.  

Our tomatoes are turning red quicker than I’m able to pick here.    So between tomato sauces, diced tomatoes, stewed tomatoes, tomato pesto, roasted tomatoes,  tomato soup… there’s lots of tomato dishes going on  in our kitchen!  I will be  having alot more upcoming tomato recipes…get ready tomato lovers!  But for now… stewed tomatoes!

These stewed tomatoes are the best,  I’m not fibbing either.  If you are having a tomato harvest soon or would like to  make your own instead of the canned version, please please please please please make these!
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This is a recipe that might cause you to faint, I’m warning you now.  I was expecting average stewed tomatoes, but I ended up sitting at the counter with a spoon eating them out of the pot when they were done.  Matthew was in another room, so I knocked on the door.
”Matthew? Are you there?”
”What? What’s wrong”
”Can you come here?”
”Why are you crying?”
”I just made the best stewed tomatoes.”
”Are you crying?”
”Because they are so good.”
This was a actual conversation over stewed tomatoes.  Seriously, they are that good!

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The Best Stewed Tomatoes Ever
  1. 10 tomatoes (beef or roma variety)
  2. 2 teaspoons salt
  3. 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  4. 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  5. 1/4 cup chopped green pepper
  1. Bring a large pot of water to boil, plunge tomatoes in for 30 seconds. Remove, put immediately in a ice bath.
  2. Peel the tomatoes. Disregard the skins.
  3. Dice the tomatoes up to desired size.
  4. In a large pot on medium heat, combine all ingredients.
  5. Simmer for 30 minutes.
  6. Then serve fresh or you can freeze them.
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So what kind of tomatoes work best for stewed tomatoes? I find that beef and roma/plum both work well.  Don’t worry about mixing them if you have to either.  I do it all the time.

The Best Stewed Tomatoes EverIMG_4140Beautiful beef and roma tomatoes, I love  you. I was making a few batches of stewed tomatoes today.

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Don’t be scared of this quick boil tomatoes, it will be over quickly!

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And look at  that.. now you’re in a ice bath!  Think of it as a pool and relax.

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Because of the quick boil, the skins will peel right off.
Here’s a quick video I made that shows how easy they are to peel. 

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Disregard the skins, or come up with something to do with them.  If you do come up with something to do with them, feel free to share in the comments below!

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So now we have all our tomatoes, naked and bashful!

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Add all our ingredients, stir and put on the stove.  Simmer for about 30 minutes, until the consistency is how you prefer your stewed tomatoes.  Be sure not to boil off all the juices, that’s one of the joys of stewed tomatoes. 

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When the stewed tomatoes are done, serve them up right away if you’d like…

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They are quite pretty and delicious so they compliment so many dishes nicely!

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Or throw them in a mason jar in the refrigerator for tomorrow…

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Or throw them in a freezer bag and freeze them for dinner in December.  How fun is it to grab homemade garden stewed tomatoes to add to a recipe while it’s snowing out? It’s great.


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  1. Pam

    I have never made stewed tomatoes. This recipe looks simple and delicious!

    • Pamela

      They really are the best! This summer when we are swimming in tomatoes I will be sure to freeze many bags.

  2. Lisa

    You’ve made this look soooo easy! I love your procedure photos. I also like to freeze stuff for when I don’t have time to cook. This is going on my must-try list for sure.

    • Pamela

      I think you will love them! I really can’t explain how good they are compared to the regular store bought canned version. I got very sad when a few days ago I went through my last homemade frozen bag. I can’t wait until tomato season!

  3. gotasté

    my all time favorite. and it gets better after keeping in the fridge for a few days! Yummy.

    • Pamela

      Yes! I am craving some stewed tomatoes right now! MMMM.

  4. Anne ~ Uni Homemaker

    I’m so jealous! Those tomatoes are beautiful. Making your own stewed tomatoes –brilliant! Would be fabulous in stews and soups. YUM!!! :)

    • Pamela

      Thanks Anne! I love making our tomatoes last through winter this way. :)

  5. Debra

    I am so jealous of your tomatoes.

    • Pamela

      Haha, thanks Debra. ;)

  6. Kim (Feed Me, Seymour)

    Tomatoes and I have a tumultuous past. I’ve never really loved them until recently and so I’ve missed out on a whole world of delicious tomato dishes. I’m adding this to my “must try super soon” list. Cry-worthy tomatoes are for me! :)

    • Pamela

      They will make you cry so bad! In a good way of course. :)

  7. We are just about to get a ton of tomatoes, so I feel your pain . . . or joy (whatever causes tears:) I adore tomatoes (in everything) and so this is a must try!

    • Pamela

      I love the calm before the tomato storm… enjoy!

  8. Tricia

    Last night while we were canning salsa we were talking about what we were going to do with our next batch of tomatoes.. And I think you just solved that for me……

    • Pamela

      Go for it Tricia! This is one of my favorite tomato recipes, enjoy!

  9. Amy @ Elephant Eats

    I’ve never made stewed tomatoes, nor have I eaten them (I don’t think?!) But I love tomato sauce and so I think I would really enjoy these. So jealous of your tomato harvest! My mother-in-law finally had a successful tomato crop this year and the fresh tomatoes are just so sweet and delicious too.

    • Pamela

      I hope you give it a try Amy, stewed tomatoes are absolutely great with pasta – yum!

  10. There’s so much tomatoey gorgeousness in this post! I don’t think I’ve even made stewed tomatoes before – obviously this needs to change!

    • Pamela

      Enjoy Jennifer! I will be sure to post my favorite way to use them soon.

  11. Ashley

    I’ve never made my own stewed tomatoes … I really need to try! I am alllll about tomatoes these days : )

    • Pamela

      I hope you give them a try Ashley, these stewed tomatoes are worth it! :)

  12. hani/hanielas

    I want to live in your house. I can imagine the smell must have been lurking around in the street of the big city.
    I’m actually canning some home made marinara today. My neighbors love it so I’m going to give them some in jars so they can enjoy it. Picked more tomatoes the other day. and I picked about 20 or so red peppers, starting the pepper paste today. Yay. Loving your post. They are fresh and taste delicious. Thanks again. PS. I crave nutella. ;-)

    • Pamela

      You must be the number one neighbor on the block then! :) What a nice gesture.. I bet it’s delicious!

  13. Juliana

    Wow, this stewed tomatoes sure look great, and yes, I love to have it handy in the freezer…
    Hope you are having a fun week Pamela :D

    • Pamela

      Thanks Juliana! I hope you are too!

  14. Katie

    I love that you labeled them as “Best Stewed Tomatoes Ever” and everything. And I love that you froze them and didn’t can them. I’m getting better and more adventurous with canning, but I am still scared of tomatoes (that whole acidity/botulism thing)

    Do you ever freeze whole tomatoes? Its the easiest ever – you just toss them, skin and all, into a ziplock. When you thaw them out to use like you would canned tomatoes, the skin slips right off.

    Just a couple days ago I read this recipe for making tomato paste with the leftover tomato skins –

    • Pamela

      I totally freeze whole tomatoes too! Last year I had a giant bag of roma tomatoes sitting in my freezer all winter. It was so easy to just open it up and pick one out! Tomatoes! Aren’t they the best?

      Awesome about the tomato skins recipe, definitely going to try this! I love using all parts if possible.. thanks for sharing!

  15. Sophie

    Lovely easy & simple stewed tomatoes!!! YUMMMMM.

  16. Sophie

    Lovely easy & simple stewed tomatoes!!! YUMMMMM.

  17. Sophie

    Lovely easy & simple stewed tomatoes!!! YUMMMMM.

    • Pamela

      Me too! They are the best.

  18. abby

    This looks so simple to do and it does look absolutely delicious. I love tomatoes ! I actually only started eating tomatoes three years ago. Not sure why I never liked them before, but I eat them all the time now. It’s the best thing to add to almost anything. I am definitely going to try this stew out and possibly preserve it so we have it for winter!

    Thanks for sharing !

    • Pamela

      Enjoy Abby, the tomatoes work well in so many recipes!

  19. Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen

    Pure unadulterated tomato goodness is what this fresh stewed tomato recipe is! I need to make more homemade “cooking” things. I concentrate so much on baking and the challenges of gluten and grain free baking. Must make time to make this soon. Thanks for sharing…and, pretty photography too, girl! xo

    • Pamela

      Thanks Stacy! This is one of my favorite ways to use tomatoes, I could just snack on these stewed tomatoes.. mmm!

  20. Monet

    These are beautiful! We have one measly tomato plant growing so I’m not sure we’ll have enough from our own garden…but I’ll have to make this with some store-bought tomatoes. Thank you for sharing!!

    • Pamela

      Good luck with your tomato plant, sending you good luck tomato vibes! Either way, I hope you enjoy these stewed tomatoes!

  21. The Café Sucré Farine

    I don’t like being jealous but I am so stinkin’ jealous of you and all these wonderful tomatoes. I’d even cry with you if you shared a jar or two of these yums with me :)

  22. Maggie @ Sunnyside Up Smile

    Mhmm I love stewed tomatoes! I haven’t had them in a while and this looks like the perfect recipe to make them again :) I used to have my own vegetable garden when I lived back in Jersey. I grew peppers, string beans, cucumbers…you name it but my favorite thing by far was the red, ripe and juicy tomatoes. Tomatoes are nature’s candy ;)

  23. Koko

    I have never made my own stewed tomatoes!! I will bookmark this recipe so that one day when I do make them, I won’t waste my time with other recipes that are not tear-worthy!! ;-)

  24. Ash-foodfashionparty

    I am in love with your produce. Just shoes how much you love your plants and it is loving you back girl. I cannot imagine how it tastes but I can feel it in your words, I’m sure they almost tasted like candy and even better. The pictures are beautiful.

  25. Jamie G

    I love big stewed tomatoes in my chili when it is cold and snowy! Have you tried canning them?

    I am so envious of your abundant tomatoes. Crossing my fingers my garden is more successful next year.

  26. Sarah | The Sugar Hit

    THEY SOUND INCREDIBLE. Stewed tomatoes always make me think about my Dad, who loves them! Might make him some of these for breakfast this weekend, see if I can bring a tear to his eye.

    • Pamela

      Awww, I hope he cries (in a good way!).

  27. Joanne

    Your gorgeous pictures might make ME cry!! Seriously, they look SO good.

    • Pamela

      Thanks Joanne! :) Go ahead.. shed a tear or two.


    Beautiful tomatoes! I love stewed tomatoes, especially in slow-cooked tea broth, very traditional in my country. These tomatoes look tasty to be in a fresh salsa or raw tomato sauce (pomodoro). What a lovely vegan recipe! Thank you!

    • Pamela

      Slow cooked tea broth, very interesting. Can you share more about this process Rika?

  29. Stacy

    I love these, Pamela! I am sure they are so much better than store-bought, made from such gorgeous tomatoes. I’m thinking I could add hot peppers like jalapeños for a spicier version. Oh, yes, you’ve got me thinking! Thank you!

    • Pamela

      Stacy, that is a wonderful idea! I hope you give it a try! :)

  30. Miss Messy

    Looks fabulous :) I wish I had a big tomato harvest!

    • Pamela

      If you were closer, I would share with you Miss Messy! :)

  31. Katie

    I left a comment here twice but I think it went to your spam folder? There was a link to a recipe for those tomato skins. Email me for it if you don’t see my comment in your spam folder.

    • Pamela

      Had to search for it but thankfully not many spammers go by “Katie”. :)

      • Katie

        Awesome! The recipe reminded me of you right when I saw it.

  32. Hal

    Excellent and easy to prepare. I sauteed fresh chopped garlic with the chopped bell pepper in extra virgin olive oil (only for a few seconds) before adding the rest of the ingredients.

  33. Walt

    Grew up with fresh tomatoes all summer and canned tomatoes in the winter. Never did get mom’s recipe, but yours follows how she used to prepare them as well as I can remember. It is a must for me this year

    • Pamela

      Enjoy Walt! Hope they’re just like your Moms!

  34. Sal

    Hello Pamela,
    I’m the drummer of a blues band We just got back from an awesome week in Memphis TN competing in the 2014 International Blues Challenge (IBC). What a great experience meeting great artists and seeing some jaw dropping performances. But during the last two days in Memphis, I caught a bug that dropped me to my knees. I just got home and was looking for some wholesome food to nourish my aching body (no canned stuff). I found your stewed tomatoes recipe and it sounded sooooo good. Thanks for the post!

    • Pamela

      Hi Sal, I hope these tomatoes do the trick! I just pulled a bag out of the freezer that I froze a few months ago, they really are just the best. Hoping you feel better soon!

  35. Kim

    I picked up 100 lbs of tomatoes and used 50lbs for Spaghetti sauce and wanted to do stewed tomatoes for the remainder, Thanks for the Recipe! In regards of what to do with the left over skins-Dehydrate them and make tomato powder!! Ive managed to not throw a single bit of my tomatoes out (well minus the rotten one I found) if it didn’t go in the stew pot it went into the dehydrator and YUMM is that tomato powder awesome!!

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