DIY Essentials: Homemade Rotel Tomatoes & Chilies

Andy Anderson !


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.


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15 Min
35 Min
Stove Top



  • 2 lb
    garden fresh tomatoes
  • 2 large
    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


  2. Gather your Ingredients (mise en place).
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Chop the tomatoes, and seed and chop the poblano chilies.
  7. Add all the ingredients to a saucepan, over medium-low heat.
  8. Cover and lightly simmer for 15 minutes.
  9. Uncover, and simmer for an additional 15 minutes.
  10. Place into a non-reactive container, and store into the refrigerator until ready to use.
  12. Use in any recipe where you would use Rotel tomatoes. Enjoy.
  13. Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

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About DIY Essentials: Homemade Rotel Tomatoes & Chilies

Course/Dish: Salsas
Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: American
Other Tags: Quick & Easy Healthy

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