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My tremendously supportive husband & I have 3 wonderful children, 1 dog, 12 laying hens, 2 dairy goats, 3 bee hives, and a 2000 sq foot vegetable garden on a small 1/4 acre lot in the city. In the center of it all is our small 1,000 sq foot house purchased in 2008 as a foreclosure that we fully renovated to host our growing family, home school adventures, and small home business (CozyLeaf.com). We have a desire to learn a path to self sufficiency finding ways to be good stewards of the resources God has given us. We want to learn to live with less as we laydown roots to our little homestead.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Canning Rotel! Homemade Step by Step with pics

I love Rotel!! Its great in so many things: main dishes, dips, rice, etc. So why not can it from my own tomatoes and peppers!!?? I looked at a few recipes and here is what I ended up with! (This recipe is for 6 Pints)

Step 1: Measure out all your ingredients
- 6 lbs of tomatoes (I didnt peel or stem them)
- About 6 oz peppers (I used 1 green bell pepper, 2 small jalapeno peppers seeds and all, 3 small melrose peppers seeds and all)
- 8 oz onions (I used red onions from the garden)
Step 2: With a food processor, dice up the onions and peppers.
Step 3: Sautee the onions and peppers (you can add diced garlic too, I didnt this time but will probably add garlic next time!)
Step 4: Dice up your tomatoes and add them to the onions and peppers.
Step 5: Add 1/2 Cup white vinegar, 1 1/2 cups sugar, 2 tbsp canning salt...Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes. You can simmer it longer if you want a thicker more concentrated rotel.

Step 6: Ladel hot rotel into hot sterilized jars
Step 7: Clean off rims of jars and secure the lids and rings. Place them in a hot water bath canner for 10 minutes.
Step 8: Remove from water and let it rest overnight. Remove rings and check for sealed lids. Clean the jars, label and store!


  1. Looks really yummy! I've convinced hubby this is the way to use up our surplus bell peppers, jalapenos and onions!

    Mind if I copy this, post it on my blog with your link??



    1. Sure! Thanks for asking! I sure love this recipe. It's a great sweet salsa too :)

  2. I'll have my blog up by tonight (Sept 11th)
    Thanks! It was delicious!

  3. This is so easy, why have I been purchasing this stuff all these years.. Thanks.