Tangy and Sweet Tomato-Bacon Jam With Onions and Garlic Recipe

Step aside, ketchup: this tomato-bacon jam is a versatile, flavor-packed condiment. Jennifer Olvera

This savory jam is loaded with onions and tomatoes that have been cooked in bacon fat until thick and spreadable. A touch of maple syrup, brown sugar, balsamic vinegar, and Dijon mustard gives it a sweet-tart edge that would be as good on a burger as it would served alongside a wedge of cheese.

Recipe Facts

Active: 15 mins
Total: 75 mins
Serves: 8 servings

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  • 1/2 pound thick cut bacon, chopped

  • 1 large yellow onion, thinly sliced

  • 2 medium cloves garlic, minced

  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup

  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 cup fresh ripe diced tomatoes

  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar

  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • 1 bay leaf


  1. Cook bacon in a medium Dutch oven or heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat until browned, about 5 minutes. Add onions and garlic and cook, stirring, until translucent and softened, 5 to 7 minutes. Drain excess bacon grease from pan.

  2. Stir in remaining ingredients and reduce heat to low. Simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally, until reduced and thickened to a jam-like consistency, about 1 hour. Discard bay leaf.

  3. Transfer to a blender and pulse to combine, leaving some chunks. Use immediately, or store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
215 Calories
10g Fat
20g Carbs
10g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 215
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 3g 17%
Cholesterol 28mg 9%
Sodium 639mg 28%
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 17g
Protein 10g
Vitamin C 5mg 26%
Calcium 47mg 4%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 308mg 7%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)