Spicy Tomato Jam

A spicy tomato jam in a serving spoon
Diana Rattray
  • Total: 100 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 90 mins
  • Servings: 40 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
21 Calories
0g Fat
5g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 40
Amount per serving
Calories 21
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 2mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0g 2%
Protein 0g
Calcium 5mg 0%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Use this delicious tomato jam as a ketchup alternative in meatloaf or on burgers, or serve it with cheese and crackers or as a dip for shrimp or fried seafood.


  • 3 pounds plum tomatoes (peeled, cored, coarsely chopped)
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes (more or less as desired for heat)
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Drop the tomatoes in boiling water and boil for 2 to 3 minutes, or until skin begins to split, then drop in ice water and let cool slightly. The skin should be easy to remove.

  3. Combine the tomatoes, spices, sugar, pepper flakes, and lemon juice in a saucepan.

  4. Bring to a simmer over medium heat and reduce heat to low.

  5. Cook, uncovered, until very thick, about 1 1/2 hours.

  6. Stir occasionally to check for thickening and to prevent scorching. 

  7. Use this jam as an appetizer spread with cream cheese, on burgers, as a dip, or use it to flavor and top meatloaf instead of ketchup.