Tomato Chilli Jam

Delicious Spicy Homemade Tomato Chilli Jam Recipe

This Tomato Chilli Jam is really delicious and easy to make at home, it’s ideal to make when you have a glut of tomatoes or when you can buy them cheaply.  You can also make it with a mixture of fresh and tinned tomatoes making it really economical. It’s sweet and spicy and packs a chilli punch.  Serve it with cold meats and cheeses or add to sauces and recipes for an extra kick! 

Tomato Chilli Jam

Sweet and Spicy Tomato Chilli Jam is a tasty preserve which is easy to make,  add it to your buffet table or a spoonful in a sauce will add some pizazz!

Course: Snack
Keyword: chilli, preserves, tomato
Author: Farmersgirl Kitchen
  • 1.8 kg very ripe tomatoes I used two tins of plum tomatoes and 2lb of ripe tomatoes
  • 4 red chillies with their seeds
  • 2 green chillies with their seeds
  • 10 fat garlic cloves
  • 5 thumbs of fresh root ginger peeled and roughly chopped
  • 80 ml Thai fish sauce
  • 675 grams unrefined golden caster sugar
  • 200 ml red wine vinegar
  1. Chop the whole fresh tomatoes into small dice and set aside. Put the tinned tomatoes into the food processor with the chillies and their seeds, garlic, ginger and fish sauce and blitz into a fine puree.
  2. Spoon the puree into a deep, heavy-bottomed pan and add the sugar and wine vinegar.  Bring to the boil slowly, stirring as you go.  When it comes to the boil, turn down to a simmer and add the diced tomatoes.
  3. Skim off any foam that rises to the surface and cook gently for up to 1 1/2 hours, stirring from time to time, to prevent the mixture catching and burning. Scrape the sides of the pot too, so that everything cooks evenly. The mixture thickens as it cooks - as it reduces and the pectin in the tomatoes takes effect
  4. When the mixture seems thick to the stir of a wooden spoon, decant it into warm, sterilised jars and seal.
Recipe Notes

Store in a larder or cool place, not the fridge, for up to 9 months.


Tomato Chilli Jam bubbling in the pan
This Tomato Chilli Jam recipe is so simple so please don’t be put off if you have never made any savoury jams, jellies, relishes or chutney.  The most work is in preparing the chillies and garlic cloves then it’s all into the pan and simmer until it’s thick.  
Sweet and Spicy Tomato Chilli Jam is easy to make at home perfect with cheese or cold meats, or add a spoonful to spice up your favourite sauces #tomato #chilli #jam #relish #preserve #recipe #chutney

I had a little taste and, oh boy is it hot when it’s first made, but it matures nicely to a more manageable heat level.  I had to hide it from my husband as he would put it on everything and it would soon be gone. The Tomato Chilli Jam recipe made two Kilner jars and a small jar from this quantity.  I may try and make it again using only tinned tomatoes, I’ve made tomato chutney with tinned tomatoes before and you get a brilliant colour and as you are cooking the tomatoes anyway there is no real difference in taste although the fresh toms give a bit more texture.

Serve Tomato Chilli Jam with it's partner Pineapple Chilli Jam in pretty crystal jam dishes for festive parties.
If you like the Tomato Chilli Jam you are also going to love my Pineapple Chilli Jam, the result of a buy one get one free pineapple deal that left me wondering what to do with the extra pineapple, it has a truly awesome flavour reminiscent of mango chutney but with a bit more acidity. 

This recipe makes a large jar Sweet and Spicy Pineapple Chilli Jam the perfect partner for Tomato Chilli JamPineapple Chilli Jam 

More Spicy Chilli preserves from top UK Food Writers:

Mango Date and Chilli Chutney – Kavey Eats

The Best Chilli Sauce you will ever taste – Tin & Thyme

Hot Chilli & Ginger Pickle – Kavey Eats

Beetroot & Chilli Ketchup – The Veg Space 


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Karen S Booth

My favourite combination and one that we all love with cheese!
I love the way you staged your photos, it looks so farmer-ish!

Rebecca from Chow and Chatter

oh wow love this great recipe Janice 🙂 thanks for the great advice on enjoying the little guy

hugs Rebecca


My sis in law would love this. I'll have to book mark the recipe myself so I can make it for part of her Christmas present ;0)


You're right, it's more of a relish than a jam, but it sounds delicious. I make chilli sauce every year, but haven't tried this. Hope you manage to keep it to maturity 😉


Hey Janice, if you every have trouble finding the new bookmarked recipes you can click on the photo on my side bar and it will take you to the announcement page. Here is the link. I only have two entries so far, I wonder if other people are having problems.


Loving the thought of tomato chilli jam!


I am sure I am being really stupid but I don't understand this bookmarking thing at all. Do we just add any recipe we like. Is there no theme? And then what happens? Love the Chilli Jam by the way.


Thanks for the reply. I have got so many bookmarked recipes, I don't know where to start. Sounds great!


This looks amazing!! I am definitely going to give this one a go as I have lots of chillies needing used from my chilli plants!Can't wait!

All That I'm Eating

I've had tomato jam and chilli jam but tomato and chilli jam sounds and looks like the best of both worlds!

Phil in the Kitchen

I've been making a similar jam (well, it's not really a jam) for a few years now and I can't get enough of it. Stirring it into roasted veg couscous is becoming close to an addiction.
Nice pictures – I think I'd better go make some more.


Oh and nice! Although I am woosey with the hot stuff!

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Susan's blog

This would be a lovely contender for my #homemadewellpreserved challenge if you fancy linking up or joining in?


What a great combination!looks so delicious!


I made this chilli jam yesterday but it’s turned out very runny is this normal for this type of jam if not how do I remedy it