Recipes Using Green Tomatoes

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October 11, 2011
A plate of fried green tomatoes with feta cheese garnish.This isn't just a good way to use up green tomatoes at the end of the season, it's so good, you'll wish you had green tomatoes all winter. Luckily, they freeze really well. You can freeze green tomatoes easily. Blanch them briefly, trim the skins off, and freeze them chopped up, or whole. Actually, I don't even bother blanching them, although a lot of people do blanch them to sterilize them a bit.

I figure that the skins are all that get close to being sterilized, and I trim them off anyway. I wash the tomatoes well, then, since the tomatoes are still kind of hard, I use a potato peeler to peel them.


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 2 1/2 cups peppers, sweet and hot mixed to your preference, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. minced garlic
  • 2 cups diced red tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped green tomatoes
  • 1 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 2 tsp. cumin
  • 2 tsp. oregano
  • 1 tsp. coriander


Brown the ground beef, then drain, and remove from the pan. Set aside. Put a tablespoon or two of the fat back in the pan and add the onions and peppers, and saute until they are starting to soften.

Add the garlic, chili powder, cumin, and coriander, and saute 1 minute. Add the red and green tomatoes, the meat, oregano, and a cup or two of water, optional. Simmer briskly, stirring often, until all the veggies are tender, about 1/2 hour.


This can also be made with 1 lb of bite size beef stew meat. It's really good this way, but don't remove the beef from the pan when you add the veggies, and cook it for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, until the beef is tender.

Servings:6 - 8
Prep Time:30 Minutes
Cooking Time:45 minutes, to 2 hours

By Free2B from North Royalton, OH

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October 19, 2011

This is what my grandmother made to use up green tomatoes at the end of the season.

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March 17, 2010

Recipe for making a green tomato pie.

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March 5, 2012

A friend of mine got me started on this. Very good!

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October 14, 2011

Tasty relish made with those green tomatoes left in your garden that won't have time to ripen. Simply to make with just a few ingredients.

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October 8, 2010

I have tons of green tomatoes; when I was a kid I remember going to the deli with my dad and grabbing a big green dill pickled tomato from a big wooden barrel. I tried to pickle some a few years ago, but they didn't work too well. They were mushy and very tasty. Can anyone help? Thanks.

Hardiness Zone: 9a

By rick morrison


October 12, 20100 found this helpful

Purchase a bag of pickling lime and follow the directions for the green tomato pickles. This is the very best recipe. The pickled tomatoes are crisp and delish! Good luck.

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August 27, 2009

Do you have recipes for green tomatoes?

By Carolyn Swanson


August 28, 20090 found this helpful

Green Tomato Relish Canned

1qt.chopped green tomatoes not skinned 2c. chopped onions pepper bell bell pepper
And 1 c. yellow bell pepper


1/4 c. salt
3 1/2 c. sugar
2c.cider vinegar
1 Tbs celery seed
1tbs mustard seed
I didn't have any celery or mustard seed and it was too damn expensive so I just used my pickling spices. In cheese cloth

Combine green tomatoes, onions, peppers in large bowl sprinkle with salt and cover with cold water. Let stand for 2 hrs.. Drain thoroughly, really squeeze the shit out of it. combine sugar, vinegar and spices in a large pot. Bring to a boil then add the drained veggies and simmer for 10 mins.
Pack in jars leaving 1/4 head space. (I didn't put all the juice in the jars, seemed runny)Process 10 mins in boiling water bath.
Makes 8 1/2 pts.

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August 28, 20090 found this helpful

Are you supposed to use tomatoes that have not turned red yet, or are there tomatoes that stay green?

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August 28, 20090 found this helpful

To me, friend green tomatoes are the best way to eat green 'un's! Slice the tom's about 1/2 inch thick and dry on paper towels, mix cornmeal and flour with some salt & pepper or whatever spices you like, dip toms into a beaten egg and then coat with the meal mixture {or plain panko} and fry in a little peanut oil.



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August 31, 20090 found this helpful

Locogene Spurlock Harrison's family favorite

Chow Chow ( 2004) So good! (GG Vi )
4 cups ground onions
4 cups ground green tomatoes
6 sweet peppers ( red and /or green )
1/2 cup canning salt
4 cups ground cabbage
12 hot peppers ( Jalapeno) ground
3 or 4 carrots grated
Mix above ingredients and let stand in the refrigerator over night.
Rinse and drain
Combine 5 - 3/4 cups sugar
1 T. celery seed
2 T. mustard seed
1-1/2 tsp. Turmeric
4 cups cider vinegar
2 cups water Boil this together, then add other ingredients and
boil 5 minutes. Put in jars and seal at once, juice and all.
10 pts.

from Heavenly Delights- Second edition
" Patsy's Blue Ribbon Chow Chow"

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September 1, 20090 found this helpful

This is a moist, spice-type cake!

Green Tomato Cake

4 cups chopped green tomatoes
1 Tbsp. salt
1/2 cup butter
2 cups white sugar
2 eggs
2 cups all-purpose flour


1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Place chopped tomatoes in a bowl and sprinkle with 1 Tbsp. salt. Let stand 10 mins. Place in a colander, rinse with cold water and drain. Preheat oven to 350. Grease and flour a 9x13 inch baking pan. Cream butter and sugar. Add the eggs and beat until creamy. Sift together flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, soda and 1/4 tsp. salt. Add raisins and nuts to dry mixture; add dry ingredients to creamed mixture. Dough will be very stiff. Mix well. Add drained tomatoes and mix well. Pour into the prepared 9x13 inch pan. Bake for 40 to 45 mins. in the preheated oven or until toothpick inserted into cake comes out clean. Makes 24 servings.

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October 14, 2012

I am looking for green tomato recipes. No fried green tomato recipes, please.


October 15, 20120 found this helpful

Spaghetti With Green Tomato-Bacon Sauce

6 slices thick-cut bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced


1 pound green tomatoes, cored and cut into 1/4-inch dice
1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 cup dry white wine
2 tablespoons minced pepperoncini
1/2 pound cappelini pasta
2/3 cup freshly grated pecorino Romano cheese
1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh Italian (flat-leaf) parsley, plus more for garnish
Freshly ground black pepper


In a 12-inch skillet over medium heat, cook the bacon until crisp. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the bacon to a plate lined with paper towels. Drain and reserve 1 tablespoon bacon fat. Add the olive oil to the pan. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, 60 seconds.

Raise the heat to medium high. Add the tomatoes, salt and red pepper flakes. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the tomatoes soften and start to turn golden brown, about 7 minutes. Add the wine and pepperoncini and cook until the some of the liquid evaporates and the tomatoes are a bit saucy.

Meanwhile, cook the pasta in salted boiling water according to the package directions until al dente. Reserve 1/2 cup of pasta water, then drain the pasta.

Put the drained pasta back into the pot and add the cooked tomatoes, cheese, 1/2 cup parsley and cooked bacon. Toss until combined, adding reserved pasta water to moisten, if necessary. Taste and season with additional salt and pepper.

Divide the pasta among warm plates, sprinkle with additional parsley and serve immediately.

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June 29, 2009

Does anyone have a recipe for freezing green tomatoes? I want to batter them and freeze them? Thanks.

By Diane from Edgefield, SC


June 29, 20090 found this helpful

I batter mine as if going to fry and put on a baking sheet lined with wax paper and froze them. When frozen, I put in ziplock bag. I had a large amount so I had to use several baking sheets. I would take out the amount I need to fry.

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June 30, 20090 found this helpful

I tried that last year. They froze well but, they didn't fry up well. Turned to mush. I really wanted it to work, too.

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July 3, 20090 found this helpful

Slice green tomatos about 1\8 inch slices. Place flat on countertop or prep table, salt well with shaker on both sides. Coat both sides of tomatos with flour, and place on cookie sheet about 1/4 inch apart.

Place in freezer for 30-45 minutes. Then put into ziplock freezer bag and return to freezer for later use. Note- Do not thaw for frying. Heat oil or shortening before removing from freezer. Place into oil as soon as removed from freezer 1 slice at a time so oil temp is stable.

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July 6, 2012

I would like to know how to use the green tomato puree in making recipes.

By Thresia R.

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October 8, 2010

I am looking for a green tomato pickle recipe. Basic canning for pickled green tomatoes New to this site so any help would be great. Thanks

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I am looking for a recipe for fried green tomatoes.

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March 17, 2010

Recipe for making a green tomato pie.

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Arrange tomatoes in layer, sprinkling each layer...

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