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Jan 16, 2012 09:55 AM

Best substitution for canned tomatoes in chili: tomato paste? puree? sauce?

I am accustomed to making chili with canned tomatoes. However now must avoid the seeds that come in canned tomatoes.

What is your advice as to a substitute: paste, puree, sauce, juice, or a combination?

Thanks for your help.

BTW, I know I could sieve the canned tomatoes to remove the seeds , but that's too tedious and time consuming for me.

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  1. Fresh tomatoes.

    If thats still too much effort just use paste.

    1. Canned diced tomatoes do not have seeds in my experience. That's what I'd choose over the other options you list.

      1. Agree that I've not seen seeds in canned, diced tomatoes. Out of your options, I'd choose tomato sauce, then puree. In my experience, many recipes actually call for sauce.

        1. Commercial tomato sauce is typically made with tomato paste and water, you can do that at home so I wouldn't bother buying it. I'd use either fresh tomatoes and just seed them myself or use tomato puree. But I don't find seeds in canned diced tomatoes usually.

          The choice also depends on how much you like tomato pieces in your chili or if you prefer it smooth.

          1. real tomatos with the seeds squeezed out