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Hot Tomato Grits Recipe

Hot Tomato Grits

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"With the help of tomatoes, this Southern favorite has a hint of Texas flavor. 1995 Recipe Hall of Fame."

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  1. COOK bacon in a heavy saucepan until crisp, reserving drippings in pan. Gradually add broth and salt; bring to a boil.
  2. STIR in grits, tomato, and chiles; return to a boil, stirring often. Reduce heat, and simmer, stirring often, 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. STIR in cheese; cover and let stand 5 minutes or until cheese melts. Garnish, if desired.
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  • Reprinted with permission of Southern Living® magazine. All rights reserved.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Feb 20, 2004

These hot tomato grits have become my take to anything dish. This is always the recipe I am asked to make for pot luck suppers, etc. I substitute one can of diced tomatoes, Rotel, mild, or regular diced tomatoes for the fresh, in a doubled recipe. Using canned tomatoes means I can always have the ingredients on hand. thanks.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jul 24, 2003

I used a can of MILD Rotel tomatoes, because i couldn't believe the 1/8 tsp of green chilies. Would have been better to use the SPICY, this definitely needs a kick! Otherwise, it was an easy dish to make, and the recipe easily would serve 8 to 10 as a side dish.


22 Ratings

Jul 24, 2003

Great flavor - my husband went back for seconds! This is an easy way to make flavorful grits!

Jul 24, 2003

Wonderful! Haven't served this to anyone who hasn't loved it! Very easy and makes a great side dish.

Jan 03, 2004

Really great recipe!! I used more bacon and home-made broth so this is a REAL keeper for us. As is with any recipe, you need to customize to suit your taste. All I can say is yum-yum! Love things thick and tasty!!

Mar 10, 2005

I Loved these grits!! Would love to always have a bowl of them in the frige ready to reheat. Sadly, my bag of grits was not as fresh as I thought they were and so my batch was benefitted by a dollop of sour cream on the top and some roasted garlic stirred in. But with fresh grits I don't imagine they'd need the extras at all. Yummmy!!

Sep 17, 2006

This is now a favorite with my family. It's so easy to make. The first time I made it using fresh tomatoes and canned green chiles. The second time I just used a can of Rotel. Not much of a difference, tasted great either way.

Aug 22, 2006

This was very good. It would make a great side dish for seafood. I will make again.


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