10 Yummy Substitutes for Canned Tomatoes?

Last Updated on November 8, 2022

Are you short on canned tomatoes for any recipe?

If you are looking for some alternatives to canned tomatoes, then this list should be helpful. It includes many different types of items that can replace those canned tomatoes.

Fresh tomatoes

The best, healthiest, tastiest and easiest alternative to canned tomatoes is fresh tomatoes. They are available year round and are generally cheaper than canned tomatoes.

However, if you are looking for a quick tomato sauce, canned tomatoes are better because they are already cooked.

To make a good tomato sauce from fresh tomatoes, you need to blanch fresh tomatoes in boiling water for five-ish minutes. Then, transfer the tomatoes to a container filled with iced water to stop the cooking process. Now, you can peel off the tomatoes and puree them using a blender or food processor and season according to your recipe or deseed them and use the flesh and juice of tomatoes.

You can also store the flesh of the tomatoes in their juice for later use.

And here you go to the perfect homemade substitute for canned tomatoes without any preservatives which goes well on any recipe. You can also store it in your refrigerator for later use.

Tomato Paste

Tomato paste is a thick mixture of pureed tomatoes. It contains no added salt, sugar, or other ingredients. It is usually sold in cans and jars. It is great for making sauces, soups, stews, pasta dishes, casseroles, and even pizza toppings.

It is available in different flavors such as basil, garlic, Italian herb, marinara, and many others. It comes in two forms – whole grain and refined. Whole grain tomato paste is thicker and darker in color than refined tomato paste.

Refined tomato paste is lighter in color and thinner in consistency. Both types of tomato paste are good for baking and sautéing. To make homemade tomato sauce, you can either use whole grain or refined tomato paste. For a quick and easy recipe, try using tomato paste instead of canned tomatoes.

You can substitute canned tomatoes with tomato sauce by simply mixing tomato paste with water.

Sun Dried Tomatoes

Sun Dried tomatoes are not only delicious but healthy too. These tomatoes have been dried in sunlight and the sun drying process removes moisture from these tomatoes. This helps to preserve the nutrients in these tomatoes. Drying process also reduces the sodium content in these tomatoes. So, if you are looking for a healthier alternative to canned tomatoes, try using sundried tomatoes instead.

They are available in jars and cans and are usually found in Italian markets. They are great additions to salads, pasta dishes, soups, sauces, dips, pizza toppings, and even desserts. They are very versatile and can be substituted for canned tomatoes in almost every recipe.

All you need to do is soak the needful amount of sundried tomatoes in warm water so that they become soft and juicier and after soaking them for 10-15 minutes they are ready to go in any soup, stew or gravy.

Roasted Red Pepper

Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the doppleganger of canned tomatoes.

Yeah, you heard it correctly. Roasted red peppers could easily replace the canned tomatoes in any recipe. They have the same color and texture with the similar sweetness as tomatoes. Using roasted red peppers in recipes gives it sweetness and a hint of smokiness.

I highly recommend using them in the place of canned tomatoes.

They give a nice flavor boost to soups, stews, sauces, salads, pasta dishes, and even pizza. To roast your own, simply place whole red bell peppers directly onto a baking sheet lined with foil. Bake at 400 degrees F until soft (about 20 minutes).

Remove from the oven and let cool completely. Once cooled, remove stems and seeds. Store in airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.


Tamarind is a fruit native to India and Africa. It is used extensively in Indian cuisine and other South Asian cuisines. It is one of the items that comes super close to canned tomatoes in terms of taste. It is used in the dishes to give that nice tangy flavor and freshness.

Tamarind is available dried or in paste form. To get the flavor of tamarind, soak 1/2 cup of tamarind pulp in 2 cups of hot water for about 30 minutes. Strain the mixture and reserve the liquid.

Use the tamarind liquid to replace half the water in any recipe calling for tomato juice. For instance, if you were making chili sauce, instead of using tomato puree, use tamarind liquid. This gives the sauce a nice tart taste.

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Fresh Tomatoes

Tomatoes are a staple ingredient in many dishes, but canned tomatoes are convenient and affordable. However, if you prefer fresh tomatoes, here are ten delicious tomato substitutes you can try. 1 Tomato Sauce 2 Tomato Puree 3 Tomato Paste 4 Tomato Ketchup 5 Tomato Chutney 6 Tomato Relish 7 Tomato Soup 8 Tomato Juice 9 Tomato Vinegar 10 Tomato Water

Tomato Sauce

Tomato sauce is a versatile condiment that goes well with pasta, pizza, meatballs, and other Italian dishes. It’s also great on sandwiches, burgers, and grilled meats.

Tomato Paste

Tomato paste is a concentrated form of tomato puree. It is used as a base ingredient in many sauces and soups. It is available in cans, jars, tubes, and boxes.

Certain Ketchup Brands

Ketchup is a condiment that originated from England. It is usually served with meat dishes such as hamburgers and hot dogs. In addition, ketchup is also used as a dipping sauce for french fries and other fried foods. There are different types of ketchup brands. Some of these are Heinz, Hunt’s, Campbell’s, and Lea & Perrins. Heinz is a brand name of ketchup manufactured by Kraft Foods Inc. This company was founded in 1866.

Nomato Sauce

Nomato sauce is a type of ketchup made by Nomato Foods Ltd. It is a British product that is available in many countries around the world. It is a tomato based sauce that contains vinegar and sugar. It is very popular among children because of its sweet taste.

Pumpkin Puree & Beets

This recipe is from my friend’s mom who is a great cook. She used to make this dish for us when we were kids. I love her recipes! This is a healthy side dish that is perfect for Thanksgiving dinner. Ingredients: 1 cup pumpkin puree 2 cups cooked beets canned ½ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon black pepper 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar Directions: Combine ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Serve immediately.

Sun-Dried Tomatoes

These sun dried tomatoes are delicious and easy to make. They are a wonderful addition to salads, pasta dishes, pizza toppings, soups, and sandwiches. Ingredients: 6 medium sized tomatoes

Roasted Red Pepper Relish

Sun-dried tomatoes are simply dehydrated tomatoes. To make sun-dried tomatoes, you cut the tomatoes into quarters and place them in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake at 200 degrees F for about 8 hours until dry. Remove from oven and let cool completely. Store in airtight containers.

Red Bell Pepper

Roasted red peppers are very easy to make. Simply roast whole bell peppers red, yellow, orange on a hot grill or under the broiler. Once roasted, remove the stem and seeds and set aside. Place the pepper flesh in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let sit overnight. In the morning, squeeze the juice from the pepper skin. This is where the flavor comes from. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Carrots and Beets

Beets and carrots are two vegetables that are great for juicing. Both are low in calories and high in fiber. Carrots are rich in beta carotene while beets are packed full of iron. To get the most nutrients from these veggies, peel off the outer layer of each vegetable before juicing. Then blend the vegetables together until smooth. For added flavor, try adding ginger root, lemon, lime, or other citrus fruits. Cucumbers


Cucumbers are a versatile fruit that can be used in many different ways. Cucumber juice is very refreshing and contains lots of vitamin C. It’s also good for digestion because cucumbers help break down fats. To make cucumber juice, simply cut the ends off the cucumber and slice it into thin slices. Put the sliced cucumber into a blender along with 1 cup of ice cubes. Blend the mixture until it becomes smooth. Pour the juice into a glass bottle and store it in the refrigerator.

What can I substitute for canned tomatoes?

You can use crushed tomatoes instead of canned tomatoes. Crush tomatoes using a potato masher or blender. Add crushed tomatoes and simmer until thicken. Add salt and pepper to season

What if I don’t have canned tomato sauce?

If you don’t have canned tomato sauces, you can use crushed tomatoes instead. Crush tomatoes using a Potato Masher or blender. 1 Add crushed tomatoes and simmer until thickened. 2 Add salt and pepper to season.

Can I used crushed instead of diced tomatoes?

You can use crushed tomatoes instead of diced tomatoes. Crush tomatoes using a potato masher or blender. 3 Add crushed tomatoes and simmer for about 10 minutes. 4 Add salt and pepper to taste. 5 Serve hot.

What can I substitute for canned tomato sauce?

Canned tomato sauce is a great alternative to homemade tomato sauce. It comes in various flavors such as spaghetti, meatballs, marinara, pizza, and more. Canned tomato sauce is easy to store and use. Just follow these steps to make your own homemade tomato sauce. 1 Heat a medium sized pan over medium heat. Add olive oil and sauté garlic until golden brown. 2 Add chopped onions and sauté until translucent.

What can I use if I don’t have a can of diced tomatoes?

You can use crushed tomatoes instead of diced tomatoes. But, you will need to change the recipe accordingly. For example, if you are using 3 cups of diced tomatoes in a recipe, you will need to replace it with 4 cups of crushed tomatoes or 1 cup of crushed tomatoes plus 2 cups of water. If you are looking for a good substitute for diced/crushed tomatoes, you can try tomato paste. Tomato paste is a concentrated form of tomato puree. It contains a higher concentration of natural sugars and other nutrients than regular diced tomatoes.

What if you don’t have canned tomatoes?

Yes, you can use crushed or diced tomatoes. However, you will need to adjust the recipe accordingly. For instance, if you are using a recipe that calls for 3 cups of diced tomatoes, you will need to use about 4 cups of crushed tomatoes. How do I thicken my tomato sauce?

What is a good substitute for diced tomatoes?

Canned tomatoes are great for making sauces and soups but if you want to make tomato sauce from scratch, you can use crushed tomatoes instead. To make a homemade tomato sauce, simply combine 1 cup of crushed tomatoes with 2 cups of water and simmer until thickened. Add salt and pepper to taste.

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