Mixed Tomato Chutney

Nigel Slater, Multi-coloured Tomatoes

I recently had the good fortune to be given 6 packets of “Bistro Tomatoes” from my sister which cost 25p each and not wanting to let any go to waste I knew that most of them would need to be preserved. After a quick web search I came up with Nigel Slater’s Mixed Tomato Chutney which uses green and ripe tomatoes. Due to not having the exact ingredients in his recipe I adapted it slightly to include red wine vinegar, sultanas and red onions and lowered the sugar content slightly as my green tomatoes were not unripe but meant to be that colour! Instead of putting my chilli in whole I chopped it up and included a few of the seeds which gave the chutney a delightful kick. My husband wants me to include all the seeds the next time I make this as he absolutely loves chillis!

This chutney went so well with so many meals that it didn’t last very long at all in our house and my mother even phoned up to say “wow” after tasting it! I wish I had green fingers where tomatoes are concerned as I would love to have an abundant source of them to make this chutney regularly.

Nigel Slater, Multi-coloured Tomatoes

We loved this Chutney so much we even ate it with Quiche!

I am entering this chutney into Farmersgirl Kitchen’s Dish of the Month as this is based on Nigels Slater’s recipe. I am also entering it into the Four Seasons Food Challenge where the them is BBQ’s and side dishes which is hosted by Lou of Chez Foti this month and alternately with Anneli of Delicioux. This chutney is fab in a burger or with sausages from the BBQ! As the tomatoes were such a bargain I am entering this chutney into Credit Crunch Munch which is run my Helen of Fuss Free Flavours and myself and being hosted by Sian of Fish Fingers for Tea this month. Finally I am also entering Javelin Warrior’s Cookin w’luv Made with Love Mondays challenge as this is made from scratch.


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So here’s a quick guide in pictures:

Nigel Slater, Multi-coloured TomatoesNigel Slater, Multi-coloured Tomatoes

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Mixed Tomato Chutney
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Sublime tomato chutney made with a variety of small tomatoes with a kick of chilli!
Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: British
Serves: 3 jars
  • 900g Multi-coloured small/cherry tomatoes, chopped in half (leave a few tiny ones whole)
  • 90g Sultanas
  • 350g Red onions, chopped
  • 225g Light Muscovado Sugar
  • 1 tsp Sea salt
  • 2 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 1 Large red chilli, finely chopped + a few seeds or all if you like it really hot
  • 200ml White wine vinegar
  • 100ml Red wine vinegar
  1. Prepare your jars & lids by sterilising (I like to dishwasher mine, put in oven at 140°C for 20 mins then turn off and leave to stay warm until needed).
  2. Add all the ingredients to a preserving pan including any green tomatoes but omit the red, orange and yellow ones.
  3. Bring to the boil and then reduce to a simmer for 25 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Add the rest of the tomatoes and simmer for a further 35 minutes.
  5. Ladle into the warm jars and seal with lids (makes enough to fill about 3 standard sized jars).

Nigel Slater, Multi-coloured Tomatoes

I just love the gorgeous colours of all the tomatoes in this Chutney!

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  1. Beverly

    I make chutney with green tomatoes usually but like the sound of this one. Another use for chutney is to add it to a meat stew or Bolognese and it adds depth and sweetness to it especially if the base is tomatoes which can be a little bland if not cooked as a ragu or you like it with a tad of sweetness against the sharpness of tomatoes.

    1. Camilla

      I wish I could grow tomatoes they always get to a certain stage and then rot. Green tomato chutney sounds yummy, never had it. Like your ideas but this chutney was so good we just wanted to enjoy it on its own:-)

  2. Paul Wilson

    Great recipe for this time of year.

  3. Joan Beggs

    Good morning

    Chills and tomatoes have all ripened at the one time. If I make his chutney, how long will it keep for?


    1. Camilla

      Hi Joan, I can’t say I tested the keeping qualities out on this chutney as it was so darn delicious we ate it every day with every meal so it didn’t last very long. But I imagine it would keep for at least a year in a cool dark place if not longer.)

  4. Lisa Williams

    Fab I love a Nigel Slater recipe he is great at making sure nothing is wasted 🙂 Like you

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Lisa:-)

  5. GeorgeW78

    This looks very tasty! I wish I could grow tomatoes too but my garden has issues!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks, yes tomato growing is one thing I can’t get the hang of!

  6. Debi @ Life Currents

    Your chutney looks fabulous! I love making my own preserves like this, and find that tomato chutneys are pleasing to most everyone and are very adaptable. Love this!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Debi, yes I’m a big fan of tomato chutney too:-)

  7. Tara

    What a great looking chutney, I love the stuff and could eat it out of a jar!!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Tara, it is wonderful:-)

  8. shirleyl

    Making for the first time with home grown tomatoes, have made 2 lots

    1. Camilla

      Am very jealous! A) that you can grow tomatoes and b) that you will be eating this lush chutney and I won’t!

  9. Paul Wilson

    I’ve got load of tomatoes this year.

    1. Camilla

      Lucky you:-)

  10. Sunny

    The best tomato chutney we have ever had — time to start again with this year’s crop!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks, that’s how I feel too:-)

  11. Dani

    We made this last year from our homegrown tomatoes. We multiplied the recipe x4. it did not last long!!!It was delicious! We are making it again this year, but lots more :)))

    1. Camilla

      I wish I had luck growing tomatoes but they get to a certain stage and then get some disease:-( Glad you’re enjoying the recipe:-)

  12. Kirsty Fox

    I love tomato chutney but have never made one myself but I think I will give it a go now!

    1. Camilla

      Fab, you’ll love this recipe:-)

  13. tiggerific1973

    I have never made a chutney, I might give it a go 🙂 x

    1. Camilla

      You really only need this recipe LOL:-) Best I’ve ever tasted:-)

  14. Lorna Kennedy

    How I wish I had seen this earlier 🙂 I grew my own tomatoes for the first time this summer and was totally over-run – this would have been the perfect way to use up the surplus. Might have made good Christmas presents too if it had lasted that long!

    1. Camilla

      Oh what a shame – but clever you for being able to grow tomatoes, I have only ever failed at this!

  15. Maddy

    I don’t think I’d be adding all the chilli seeds- tho’ hubby would love it!

    1. Camilla

      A few is fine to give it a little kick:-)

  16. Paul Wilson

    Just about the right time of year for this – yum!

  17. Helen Allan

    We love homemade chutneys and make lots throughout the year with veggies from my mother-in-laws allotment. I like to add them to casseroles to sweeten them. Not just for salads and cheeses.

  18. Tracy

    Looks delicious and a great way to minimise waste if you have a glut of fruit.

  19. Heather Haigh

    Must remember to find this next year if I have a tomato glue. Nover made chutney – must give it a go.

  20. Susan Elaine Carter

    This wood be great for my son and I, he loves chutneys, especially with poppadums and pitta.

  21. Paul Wilson

    I think I’ve got just enough tomatoes left from the summer to make a batch of chutney.

  22. Irene Wright

    Love tomato Chutney especially on top of melted cheese on toast – makes a lovely lunch snack.

  23. sarah lambert

    This chutney looks lovely def gonna try making mmm

  24. Irene Wright

    must send this recipe to Australia to my sister-in-law – she always has loads of little tomatoes growing along her back fence and sometimes doesn’t know what to do with them for a change.

    1. Camilla

      Great, bet the tomatoes in Aus are really tasty with all that sunshine:-)

  25. Jayne Sullivan

    This looks so good. I have wanted to make chutney for ages.

  26. Sarah Fawcett

    This looks delicious and a great recipe for using up crops of tomatoes

    1. Camilla

      Oh it was so good it didn’t last 5 minutes in our house:-)

  27. shaheen

    I have missed out this year on homegrown tomatoes, therefore making my own chutney 🙁 Like the use of mixed tomatoes here.

  28. clairetucker@rocketmail.com

    I have just made some of this and it’s lovely. My only problem now is I don’t know how to store it or how long it lasts for. X

    1. Camilla

      We ate ours so quickly it wasn’t an issue. Store unopened jars in a cool dark place and once opend place in the fridge. I’m sure you will eat the chutney before storage becomes a problem:-)

  29. Paul Wilson

    It’s tomato season, and the greenhouse is overflowing. Time for chutney.

  30. Ursula Hunt

    Will give this a try, great crop of tomatoes this year- thanks for the recipe

  31. chris nichol

    This looks fantastic, I would never have thought to make my own tomato chutney, can’t wait to try it.

  32. nicky63

    Really glad I found this, I have a cracking harvest of tomatoes and chillis this year so am always on the lookout for recipes to preserve them!

  33. Clare Webb

    We have a garden full of tomatoes that are going to waste so this is a brilliant idea! Thanks for sharing!

  34. Mark Whittaker

    I love chuntney , great recipe, I love that you have used some interesting varieties of Toms too. Though, a chutney is a great way of getting the best out of a dull one too.

  35. Hazel Rea

    Gosh – it looks like summer in a jar and sounds delicious.

    1. Camilla

      It was soo good!

  36. Anneli (Delicieux)

    I love a good chutney…yours sounds fab. I will definitely come back to this once our tomatoes start piling up. They have been so slow this year… Thanks for entering this into FSF 🙂

  37. Jacqueline @How to be a Gourmand

    Don’t those tomatoes make a lovely photo? Beautiful! Another versatile and tasty creation Camilla – and yes – keep the seeds in next time for an extra kick 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Jacqueline, yep I’ll keep every last seed in next time:-)

  38. Tracy Nixon

    Great!!! Thanks for sharing! I adore tomatoes!

  39. Javelin Warrior

    Love this spiced chutney, Camilla! This would be delicious on burgers or sandwiches and I love how creative you’re getting with jams and chutneys! Wonderful and tasty and so pleased you’ve shared…

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Mark, I’ve run out of jar now so have asked family to save theirs for me, just can’t stop preserving LOL!

  40. Jen @ Blue Kitchen Bakes

    A very colourful selection of tomatoes, I love a good tomato chutney, I have a few empty jars waiting for a new purpose now I just need to find some cheap tomatoes. Bet this would be great in a big juicy burger too 🙂

    1. Camilla

      I can vouch for the fact that this chutney is superb in a burger as we tried that too at our last BBQ:-)

  41. Janice

    oh wow that looks delcious Camilla! Love all those different coloured toms, they are usually so expensive. Thanks for taking part in Dish of the Month

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Janice, Nigel is a genius!

  42. Diane Wareing

    Never made this before, but i’m definitely having a go at this… I could eat it now! Looks delicious and it perfect for summer picnics 🙂

  43. Louisa Foti

    I made a version of this very recipe too last summer – when we had circa 75 tomato plants no less (don’t ask!). Still have a few jars. Totally delish. Tomato Chutney’s definitely one of my favourites, especially with a fair whack of chilli like yours. Would make a fab barbie side, thanks so much for entering it to the Four Seasons Food challenge this month!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Louisa, I wish I had a supply of tomato plants but I’ve never had any success growing them sadly!

  44. Angela

    I don’t think this would last too long in my house either – cheese and chutney sandwiches being my favourite lunchtime treat. Gorgeous colours!!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Angela, I’m hoping some more lush tomatoes come my way as it was divine!

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