Are you wondering what to do with all of those tomatoes in the garden? I have the easiest and most delicious recipe for you today – Homemade Tomato Relish! This is a recipe that has been in my family for years. It is actually my Great Grandma’s Recipe, but wait… I’m getting ahead of myself!

Editors Note:  I would like to welcome Debra from who is no stranger to Healing Tomato.  She gave us a delicious Tomato Tart With Zucchini Soup Recipe.  She is back and this time she has a recipe from her Great Grandma.  I am so excited to try this recipe! It looks mouth watering just by looking at the images.  Can’t wait to try it

My name is Deb and my blog is Bowl Me Over. On my blog I share delicious recipes that often end up in a bowl, hence the name Bowl Me Over! Thank you Rini for sharing this recipe with your readers.

Overhead view of Homemade Tomato Relish on a piece of bread
Homemade Tomato Relish will be your new favorite condiment!

When my Grandmother passed away, my Aunt was kind enough to give me her old cookbooks and notes. What might look like tatters and notes to some, was a treasure trove of memories to me!

As I was going thru this recipe, I originally thought it was my Grandma’s, but I didn’t recognize the handwriting. After searching thru more records, I realized this is my Great Grandma recipe. This recipe has been in our family for over 100 years!

Homemade Tomato Relish in a mason jar
This homemade relish only takes about 15 minutes and will keep about 2 weeks in the refrigerator (if it lasts that long!).

When I seen it, I thought this would be great recipe to share with Healing Tomato, don’t you agree? Delicious tomatoes, onions and peppers that is a POP of flavor! This recipes uses everyday ingredients that will give you an over-the-top new condiment! Tomato Relish will quickly become a new favorite!

And trust me, you’ll want to double the recipe!

I know this because the first time I made it…. we ate it all. So then I had to make it again and we ate it. In fact, I made it three times before I got a chance to photograph it, it’s that good!

2 jars of tomato relish in a metal round tray with tomato, jalapeno and onions
Store it in a pretty jar, old mustard jar or a canning jar – whatever you have that is handy!

What will you use this delicious Homemade Tomato Relish on?

  1. Toss it in macaroni salad for an extra added zing!
  2. Layer it on a toasted bagel with cream cheese, delish!
  3. Use it as a light salad dressing – it’s really has great flavor!
  4. Exchange tomato relish for pickles in potato salad – yum!
  5. Finish off a grilled veggie patty – everyone will be saying WOW that’s good!
  6. Better yet – enjoy with my Slow Cooker Mushroom Burger!
  7. Topping grilled vegetables will give them extra flavor.
  8. Slather on Toast Points
  9. Serve alongside a delicious Omelet
  10. Add it to your Egg Salad to give an extra POP!

Whatever you use ketchup or salsa on you can now replace with this amazing recipe!

closeup view of tomato relish in a mason jar
I love old recipes you can still enjoy today!

Here is what you will need –

Tomatoes, onion, a Fresno chili pepper, celery seed, salt, pepper, sugar and vinegar – dice the tomatoes, onions and pepper finely – mix together with the spices. Screw the lid on tightly and let stand overnight and it’s ready to use. Having said that I waited about an hour before trying it – so there’s that! ? I’ve kept in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

I hope you enjoy this recipe for Homemade Tomato Relish!

Homemade Tomato Relish

Homemade Tomato Relish

Debra Clark - Bowl Me Over
Fresh tomatoes, onions and peppers combine with delicious pickling ingredients to become a fabulous new condiment with bright fresh flavor!
5 from 47 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 16 minutes
Course Ingredient
Cuisine American
Servings 10 servings
Calories 16 kcal


  • 1 cup tomatoes finely diced
  • 1/2 cup yellow onions finely diced
  • 1/2 Fresno chili pepper or jalapeño pepper finely diced, seeds removed
  • 1/2 tsp celery seeds
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar


  • Finely dice the tomatoes and onion.
  • Slice the chili pepper in half, remove the ribs and seeds. Finely dice.
  • Mix together all of the ingredients. Pour into a small jar and seal. Let stand for at least an hour. Refrigerate any unused portions. 
  • Keeps in the refrigerator up to two weeks.


Serving: 2jarsCalories: 16kcalCarbohydrates: 3gSodium: 117mgPotassium: 46mgSugar: 3gVitamin A: 130IUVitamin C: 3.5mgCalcium: 5mgIron: 0.1mg
Keyword how to make tomato relish, how to preserve tomatoes?
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Homemade Tomato Relish

Debra Clark blogs over at Bowl Me Over where she shares her love of all things in a bowl! Soups, stews, salads, Buddha bowls, ice cream – you name it! All are delicious and full of flavor. Most are quick, easy and healthy too!

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  1. Thanks so much for sharing your grandmothers recipe! This homemade tomato relish is a big hit now in our household. Will be making this going forward in place of other boring condiments. Absolutely love it!

  2. This sounds great! Is there something I could substitute for the red wine vinegar?Apple cider vinegar or lemon juice?

  3. I was given a jar of homemade tomato relish today. It’s labeled 2015. Is it safe to eat? I read your directions to check before attempting to eat it but if it’s this old should I even try to do that?

    1. Hello Kathy, was it sealed? If the jar is clear glass, can you see any mold on the inside? I think, to be on the safe side, discard it.

    1. Yes, you can absolutely use the water bath method. Just don’t ill it up to the top and make sure you keep the top part of the mason jar very clean. It shouldn’t have any oils, water, etc. This will ensure that it will seal properly.

  4. This is so good! I had a shallot so I used it in place of the yellow onion. Yum. I am eating it straight from the bowl.

  5. I make a tomato relish , that his my mother-in-law’s recipe. I use only tomato, onions, and a mix of bell pepper, banana pepper, and a few jalapeños, salt, sugar, and a mix of apple cider and white vinegars. It is freaking amazing. I’ve never made it with additional spices, I don’t think that my crew would like it. I also cook mine down until my onions are candied. Hmmmm, I think that I just might have to fix tacos for supper tonight!

    1. Hello Debbie. Thank you for your comment. I have made tomato relish in a hundred different ways, so, I understand when you say that you make it differently. That’s the best part of tomatoes. You can cook them a hundred different ways. Next time, I will try it your way. Will let you know how it goes. How were the tacos?

    1. I haven’t used basil with this recipe, but I bet it would be delicious, let me know what you think Rosii, enjoy!

    1. Thank you Aimee, it was such a pleasure sharing my Great Grandma’s recipe with Healing Tomato. When I found this recipe, I thought for about two seconds and messaged Rini to see if I could share it here first. The BEST choice and it’s so delicious, I hope you enjoy it!

  6. This looks and sounds delicious….could just use it as a salsa too…..hope I get some fresh tomatoes so I can try this…..I’m sure fresh ones would be better…

    Giving it a 5 star even before I make it because I know it will be delicious no matter how you use it…..can’t go wrong with this…..

    Also can you put me on your blog mailing list? I see nowhere to sign up…..thanks

  7. Thank you so much for sharing this delicious recipe with your readers! I have to say it’s just one of my favorite flavors now and I hope you enjoy it as much as we do, thank you again!!