My Greek Grandma's Recipes: Potatoes in Tomato Sauce

Updated on February 27, 2020
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Mediterranean Diet

You may have heard about the benefits of the Mediterranean diet; how it contributes to a long healthy life and prevents heart disease. So, if you are a vegetarian, or simply tired of eating meat every day, why don't you try some traditional Spanish, Greek, or Southern Italian recipes?

Greek cuisine offers a wide variety of simple, healthy, and cheap vegetarian dishes. My Greek grandmother taught me how to cook these potatoes in tomato sauce, a dish that gives a whole new meaning to the term comfort food. It is perfect for a weekday, easy to cook, and most importantly, completely healthy. I usually set it up as soon as I come home from work (it shouldn't take longer that 15 minutes) and let it cook slowly for another 30 minutes while I take a quick shower and lay the table for dinner. Potatoes are tasty, have great nutritional value. This is a great way to enjoy them without frying them or adding any condiments! I'm sure you'll just love them!

Potatoes in Tomato Sauce

3.5 stars from 67 ratings of Potatoes in Tomato Sauce

Potatoes in Tomato Sauce


Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 40 min
Ready in: 50 min
Yields: 5lbs of potatoes serves 4 people


  • 5 lbs potatoes
  • 1 large onion, peeled and chopped (or minced)
  • 3 green peppers, chopped
  • 500 gr tomato sauce
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • salt, pepper, oregano, to taste
  • 4 tbs olive oil
  • feta cheese, (to serve)

Have your ingredients ready before you start!


#1 Adding the Ingredients Gradually!

  1. Pour 4 tablespoons of olive oil in a large pot and heat it over medium-high heat. When it's ready, add the garlic.
  2. Add the onions immediately and cook them until they turn soft and lightly colored.
  3. As soon as the onions are ready, add the peppers. Stir well to prevent onions from getting burned. The peppers will bring out their fluids in 1-2 minutes.

4. Reduce heat to medium and add the potatoes in the pot. If your pot is not big enough, you should add them in batches. Keep stirring them and make sure each batch is sauted for about 30 seconds. Be careful, not to end up frying them!

5. Pour the tomato sauce over the potatoes and stir well.


#2 Letting It Boil!

6. Top up with enough water to cover the potatoes completely.

7. Add salt and pepper to taste! Don't forget to also add a dash of oregano, it goes great with almost every Greek food!

8. Cover the pot and cook in low heat for about 30 minutes. Check on it occasionally and stir! Don't add more water, this amount is more than enough for the potatoes to boil and some delicious tomato sauce to be left!

9. Uncover and stir (if necessary), until the mixture is quite thick.

10. Let is "rest" for 10 minutes before serving!

Serve With Feta Cheese!

When your food is ready, serve the potatoes in big plates. Make sure you add a good deal of tomato sauce to each plate! If you are not a vegan, top up with plenty of feta cheese!



Some Tips!

  1. It's a mystery, but this food gets better if you leave it in the fridge overnight! So, don't hesitate to cook it the day before!
  2. It goes great with cumin seeds and chili powder! Throw in some cumin seeds with the garlic, before you add the onions. As for the chili powder, just add it along with the salt and pepper, before you let the potatoes boil.
  3. Do not hover over your pot, uncovering it and checking at the food all the time! If you cook it in low heat, you'll only have to check on it twice. Otherwise, you'll just get tomato stains everywhere and get your clothes and hair all smelly!
  4. Add a dash of sugar to your sauce, to balance the acidity of the tomatoes. Apparently everyone is doing it nowadays!
  5. If you usually make your own tomato sauce, by all means, go for it! Just make sure it's not too watery. Your food will become even better!


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      3 years ago

      Serving this delicious recipe with pulled pork sandwiches and homemade slaw! Many thanks!

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      3 years ago

      I completely forgot about this dish until I found your website.

      This is so good, my mom who was from Sicily used to make this, it brought back nice memories. Thanks for sharing it.

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      paula cartwright 

      4 years ago

      I remember my grandma used to cook this, but as she lived in Cyprus , only got it sometimes, as my mum was English , she cooked some greek dishes but not this one, have been hankering after it for a while, so tasty, thanks a lot x

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      5 years ago

      Thanks for a very good summary. There is so much codrtanictory information out there, and people are inclined to think they have to focus on this year's one big thing' and forget the rest. It seems to me that if people simply take part in discussions and just be part of the web and participate in the places that suit their personalities they will not only build up links back to their sites but it will be more natural, less likely to crash and burn with the next algorithm change, and they will enjoy themselves, instead of trying to outsmart everyone else and second-guess the search engines.Tony recently posted..

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      5 years ago

      *You* are awesome! And I might re-think cainnng at some point now that you've brought to mind the possibility of doing it in December rather than the summer! I loved cainnng days as a child, but it was always so hot.

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      5 years ago

      That insight solves the prmobel. Thanks!

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      Cindi Stephan 

      5 years ago

      I used a pressure cooker, fresh tomato sauce (from my garden tomatoes, processed earlier) and added Italian parsley when hot, cilantro with Greek feta when serving. I also used Hungarian wax peppers instead of bell peppers and it was fantastic!

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      Rochelle Frank 

      6 years ago from California Gold Country

      Sound really delicious-- must try this!

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      Shelley Watson 

      6 years ago

      Lovely recipe and a terrific idea - I make mash potato and a separate tomato sauce to serve with fish cakes - this is a much better idea!. Thanks

      Up, useful and interesting.

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      Jaye Denman 

      6 years ago from Deep South, USA

      It's ironic that I'm already making this dish minus the cheese (straight from my imagination and the veggies I like), but didn't realize there is a Greek recipe for making it. I didn't hesitate to rate it a five because I know how good it tastes!

      I'm also glad to see in the photos that you use tomatoes packed in a BPA-free Tetra package.

      Voted Up++


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      Suzanne Sheffield 

      6 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

      This is great! A recipe I've never heard of! Sounds delicious. Good job.

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      6 years ago from India

      Wow... This looks simply mouth watering. Thanks for sharing this lovely recipe. Voted up.

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      Brenda Thornlow 

      6 years ago from New York

      This sounds so good! I love anything with potatoes and feta cheese. I'll have to try this sometime soon. Thanks for sharing!


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