Stewed Tomatoes

Stewed tomatoes are just tomatoes that have been cooked with onion, bell peppers, celery and a few seasonings. So, if you don’t have any in your pantry, it’s easy enough to create a substitute. Note: See original recipe for method from fresh tomatoes.


  • 14.5 oz Whole Peeled Tomatoes, chopped
  • 75 g Onion, diced
  • 88 g Bell Pepper, diced
  • 30 g Celery, diced
  • 1/2 tsp sugar (try brown)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp oregano, dried
  • 1/8 tsp basil, dried


  • Pour tomatoes, that you’ve chopped up, into a non-reactive pot.
  • Add onion, bell pepper and celery.
  • Bring to a boil.
  • Reduce to a simmer, and cook until the onions, peppers and celery are soft.
  • Add sugar, salt, oregano and dried basil to season. Stir to combine.

Measure out two cups of this mixture, and use in place of one 14.5-oz. can of stewed tomatoes. If you need to replace a 28-oz. can, double this recipe.

Need the stewed tomatoes for a soup, casserole or dish with a long cook time? Just add the diced or whole peeled tomatoes, chopped veggies and seasonings straight to the cook pot, with the rest of the ingredients that your recipe calls for. They’ll cook as the recipe cooks.

From My Frugal Home – Stewed Tomato Substitute