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Onion Tomato Chutney (Tangy, Creamy and Spicy)

I love to make my own tomato and onion chutney using freshly picked produce when possible (or if I have some leftover from another recipe). Here’s my absolute favorite recipe for making ridiculously tasty onion tomato chutney.

Onion Tomato Chutney

How to Make Onion Tomato Chutney

  • Prep the ingredients. Peel and slice the red onion. Chop the tomatoes into small cubes. Mince the red chili pepper and take the seeds out. Mince the garlic cloves as well.
  • Combine all of the ingredients. Add the onion, tomatoes, red chili, garlic, red wine vinegar, and honey in a large saucepan. Stir to combine.
  • Let simmer. Leave the chutney to simmer over medium heat, giving it the occasional stir. Taste and adjust the seasoning as necessary as you simmer for between 40 to 60 minutes (or until the chutney has a texture that’s similar to jam).
  • Cool and refrigerate. Transfer the chutney to a jar while it’s still hot. Allow to cool completely and then refrigerate until ready for use.

Onion Tomato Chutney

Onion Tomato Chutney

Chutney vs. Jam — What’s the Difference?

Chutney and jam are actually a lot more similar than many people realize. They’re both prepared in much the same way, with the only real difference being the ingredients used.

Jam is typically made from chopped or pureed fruit that has been cooked with sugar or a similar type of sweetener. It typically tastes very sweet and is most often made from berries – although you can also make your own mean tomato jam from scratch as well.

On the other hand, chutney is also made with chopped or pureed fruit and some type of sweetener, but it also contains vinegar and is usually described as savory rather than sweet. It’s also pretty common to add a variety of other ingredients in when making chutney in order to give it more variations in flavor.

Onion Tomato Chutney

What is the Best Way to Store Chutney?

While there’s nothing stopping you from digging into your chutney as soon as it’s finished cooking, I find that I usually get best results when I give it about one month in the fridge to allow the flavors to fully develop.

Simply keep the chutney in an airtight container (make sure that you pour it into your container while it’s still hot) and allow it to cool completely before you refrigerate it until you’re ready to open it up and use it.

Onion Tomato Chutney

How Long Will Chutney Keep in the Refrigerator?

This homemade tomato chutney will keep in the refrigerator for up to six months unopened. Once you do open it up, it will stay good for about two months.

Alternatively, you can freeze the chutney instead. When frozen, it will stay good for even longer.

As usual when freezing sauces or jams or anything similar, just make sure to leave about ½-inch of headspace in the jar that you freeze the chutney in. You want to make sure to leave enough space for the chutney to expand when it freezes.

Onion Tomato Chutney

What to Serve with Chutney

Once you’re ready to dig into your chutney, you might be wondering about what type of foods it goes best with. Here are just a few of my favorite things to enjoy with this onion tomato chutney recipe:

  • Serve with buttermilk biscuits instead of gravy
  • Mix chutney with ground beef, pork, or turkey
  • Add to salads or sandwiches
  • Serve on crackers or bread
  • Use as a dip for chips or tortillas

(You may also like: OMG-worthy Homemade Ketchup Using Garden Fresh Tomatoes)

Onion Tomato Chutney

Onion Tomato Chutney (Tangy, Creamy and Spicy)

  • Author: Emma -
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 1.5 cups 1x


  • ½ pound red onion, peeled and sliced 
  •  1 pound ripe tomatoes, chopped 
  • 1 fresh red chili, seeded and minced 
  • 1 garlic clove, minced 
  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar
  • ½ cup honey


  1. Add all the ingredients to a large heavy bottom pot or saucepan. 
  2. Stir to combine.
  3. Simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 40-60 minutes or until jammy. 
  4. Taste and adjust the seasoning if needed. 
  5. Transfer to a jar. 
  6. Allow to cool completely. 
  7. Refrigerate until ready to use.

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