Tomato Chutney. Or Relish. Whatever.

tomato chutney relish recipe

Whatever you want to call it,tomato chutney or relish is delicious. Sure it’s a bit “nanna”, but I’m already one part nanna, one part pregnant 30-year-old, and three parts Betty Crocker anyway. It’s a given.

I made this as gifts over the Christmas period, and kept a little over for myself. It’s everything a good chutney should be – tangy yet sweet and full of tomatoes. And easy to make. Kept in a little jar with a frilly lid cover, and you’ve got yourself a one delicious nostalgic condiment. My mother even said it resembled my own nana’s chutney and for an old-fashioned gal like me, that’s high praise indeed.

I usually eat it on cheese sandwiches which reminds me terribly of Stephen Fry, as he was fond of a chutney and cheese himself. It’s also delicious on crackers with cream cheese, as a dip for fries or veggies, as a sauce on just about anything, or even added to soups for a little boost. As far as condiments go, it’s quite versatile.

This one is even made with canned tomatoes, which brings the costs down considerably, and the flavour is not compromised. Promise.

Tomato Chutney Relish Recipe


2 large red onions, finely chopped
4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
3 x 800g cans chopped tomatoes
2 cups white sugar
2 1/2 cups apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons curry powder
1 teaspoon chilli powder
1 tablespoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper


1. Place all ingredients into a large pot over medium-low heat. Cook 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

2. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer 1 hour until mixture thickens. Stir now and then.

3. Transfer into sterilised jars (I boil mine for 10 minutes), and seal.

There now, doesn’t even just reading that make you want to don an apron?


  1. Julia Regner says

    Made this today and it turned out awesome! I've been looking for a good tomato chutney/relish, and I FOUND IT! I'm serving it tonight with grilled pork tenderloin and roasted carrots, yum!

  2. Staci Barden says

    I made the chutney today! Can't wait to try it at dinner tonight. Thanks for sharing your recipe. I hope you don't mind, I mentioned (and including a link) to your blog in my blog about making it :)

  3. says

    Really? I'm not surprised. There are a million and one ways of making relish or chutney. Lots of people upload to best recipes, maybe they got the recipe from my family too!

  4. Peter Shephard says

    Peter Shephard
                             made your tomato chutney/relish and it tastes great, thnx for a great recipe had lots of tomatoes to use up Awesome:) thnx again

  5. Gabylakes says

    This is my first time, I had to do something with lots of tomatoes for the school fete. So besides of delicious it is going to sell for fund raising!!! thanks for sharing

  6. Embo says

    Hi – I am planning to make this – it sounds delicious. Please can you tell me approximately how many jars it makes?

  7. Anna says

    I am getting ready for Xmas (comes around so quickly!) And your chutney recipe sounds delicious. How long would it keep in sealed sterilised jars? Thanks!!

  8. Helen says

    Do you have any idea why my tomato chutney goes black at the top then half way down its the color it should be. Would the cloves taint it?

  9. kizgil says

    Hi, how long does this last once bottled please?? Can I store unopened in cupboard. & what would use by be once it’s open??

    • says

      Hi! If you haven’t sterilised your jars, it will last a couple of months in the fridge. If you’ve sterilised your jars and processed them correctly (and they are sealed tight) then they should last at least a year unopened in your pantry.

      Once opened, store in the fridge and eat within 3 months.



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