Rotel Substitutes

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Rotel Substitutes
Ro*tel can be replicated with a few simple ingredients. (Annabelle Breakey/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Rotel is a popular canned product composed of fresh tomatoes, chillies and spices that give Mexican and southwestern dishes an authentic flavour. If you are making a recipe that calls for Rotel and you don't have any on hand, you can easily reproduce this product at home, and make your recipe without worrying about compromising its overall flavour.

Canned Diced Tomatoes

The main ingredient in Rotel is tomatoes in tomato juice. When substituting for the tomato flavour in a recipe that calls for Rotel, use canned diced tomatoes. To maintain the same consistency as Ro*tel, do not drain the tomatoes from their juice.

Green Chiles

Substitute the second main ingredient in Rotel with fresh or canned, chopped green chillies. Chilli peppers are an important ingredient when you are substituting for Rotel, since it provides the "heat" element. If using fresh peppers, start with one chopped chilli pepper. If using canned, drain all the water from one small can. For both fresh and canned, add a small amount to the can of tomatoes, taste the mixture and increase the amount according to your personal preference.


The last ingredients that give Ro*tel its classic flavour are salt and a blend of spices. Slowly add salt to the tomato and pepper mixture to taste. Based on your recipe and your personal tastes, add to the mixture pinches of classic Mexican spices such as cilantro, cumin, ancho chilli powder and coriander.

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