Spicy Tomato Chutney

Big tomato flavor, fiery red chili heat.

We love a fiery spicy tomato chutney for bruschetta or simply to use as a table dip for an evening of bread and cheese. But its uses can go much farther. Use it as a sandwich spread or dip – try it next to grilled cheese, you won’t be disappointed. Or mix it in with your breakfast eggs for a big burst of flavor!

Control the heat by choosing your red chili wisely and adjusting the amount used. We provide some recommendations below, starting with medium-heat red jalapeños. It’s a spicy chutney, after all  – no mild chilies here!

Spicy Tomato Chutney

4.50 from 4 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 1 quart


  • 6 vine ripened tomatoes medium-sized, approximately 1 pound, chopped
  • 1 red chili jalapeño, Fresno, serrano, cayenne, or Thai, depending on heat preference, seeded and minced
  • 1 shallot minced
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon ginger minced
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 tablespoon brown mustard seeds
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • In a large pot over medium heat, warm the olive oil, then add in the shallots. Cook for 5 minutes, or until the shallots are translucent.
  • Add in the ginger and garlic and cook, stirring often, until aromatic (1 to 2 minutes),
  • Add the tomatoes, red chili, vinegar, honey, paprika, and mustard seeds. Increase the heat to high and bring the mix to a boil.
  • Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 45 minutes, until the chutney thickens.
  • Remove from heat and let the chutney cool to room temperature Add salt and pepper to taste and serve.


Red chilies to consider in this recipe:
Red jalapeño – low medium heat
Fresno pepper – low medium heat
Red serrano – medium heat
Cayenne pepper – high medium heat
Thai pepper – high medium heat
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UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on March 3, 2022 to include new content.
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5 stars
Delicious chutney and not sickly like other recipes. I used a dry Trinidad scorpion chilli in mine for a nice kick. Already making my second batch as I flew through the last. Thankyou from Wales


Tried this recipe and it was absolutely amazing. You can absolutely use it on anything. I used a red chilli pepper and tomatoes from my garden. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe with us. I think I’m addicted to this sauce.