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diy essentials: homemade rotel tomatoes & chilies

a recipe by
Andy Anderson !
Wichita, KS

If you have ever made a gooey, melted cheese dip, then you are probably familiar with canned Rotel tomatoes & chilies. It is my belief that almost anything that comes in a can, tastes better when it is homemade… Just my opinion. A lot of these copycat recipes call for all kinds of things: even green bell peppers. Rotel has two main ingredients: tomatoes, and chilies… that and a few spices. So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.

serves Several
prep time 15 Min
cook time 35 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For diy essentials: homemade rotel tomatoes & chilies

  • 2 lb
    garden fresh tomatoes
  • 2 lg
    poblano peppers
  • 1 tsp
    dried basil
  • 1 tsp
    dried cilantro
  • 1 tsp
    salt, kosher variety
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 2 Tbsp
    lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 2 Tbsp
    apple cider vinegar

How To Make diy essentials: homemade rotel tomatoes & chilies

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    Gather your Ingredients (mise en place).
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    Chef's Note: This recipe calls for two large poblano chilies... that will put this in the hot category. If you want it a bit milder, use only one.
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    Remove the skins on the tomatoes by placing them into boiling water for 30 seconds, and then plunging them into ice water. The skins should slide right off.
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    Remove the skins from the poblanos by placing them under a broiler until the skin blackens, then place them into a paper bag until cool enough to touch. Then, peel off the skins, and use a paring knife to scrape off any stubborn bits.
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    Chop the tomatoes, and seed and chop the poblano chilies.
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    Add all the ingredients to a saucepan, over medium-low heat.
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    Cover and lightly simmer for 15 minutes.
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    Uncover, and simmer for an additional 15 minutes.
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    Place into a non-reactive container, and store into the refrigerator until ready to use.
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    Use in any recipe where you would use Rotel tomatoes. Enjoy.
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    Keep the faith, and keep cooking.