Snap E Tom was a delicious tomato and chile juice drink that you can’t get anymore. Which is a bummer because it’s the key ingredient to my favorite tortilla soup recipe!
But I figured out how to create a copycat, homemade Snap E Tom recipe that makes my soup taste just like it’s supposed to! But it also makes a great cocktail mixer. YUM!
Whether you love tomato-based cocktails or want to spice up a soup recipe, this copycat recipe is what you need!
Why This Recipe Works
Snap E Tom (said “snappy) is a tomato juice drink, similar to V8. It had a kick of chiles making it flavorful but not super spicy.
And I can’t find where to buy it anymore. Well, I did find an alternative brand but I’ve never tasted it and I can’t vouch for it.
For a long time, you could only find it at a few stores and my mom and I would stock up on it so that we could make this soup all winter long.
But, alas, it’s finally gone. I can’t find it anywhere. And all my back stock is expired.
Which meant I had to figure out how to get a similar flavor. Because I’m not going to stop making the soup.
There are a handful of recipes on the internet for making a substitute.
But I came up with a trick that is easy and doesn’t make you create one whole recipe before even starting the soup.
But this also works for making cocktails too! While I haven’t learned to love a Bloody Mary, I’m sure this would be delicious in it.
- Diced green chiles
Since the base of Snap E Tom is tomato juice, it made sense to start there.
While I am not a huge fan of tomato juice, I knew that V8 is popular and would be similar. I know they make a bunch of varieties but I think the basic is best.
To get that chile flavor, I decided to use the juice and some chiles from a can of diced green chiles.
I don’t have a can of Snap E Tom to do a side-by-side comparison, but it absolutely works to get the taste I want.
How to make homemade Snap E Tom
To a small bowl or jar, add the V8 juice.
V8 comes in different sizes so get whatever size is available to get to about 11 ounces or 1 1/2 cups. I used 2 (5.5 ounce) V8 cans.
Open a can of diced green chile and save the lid. I get the mild version since my family doesn’t love spicy.
They are also fire-roasted which adds to the flavor and makes it the perfect hack.
Squeeze the juice from the 4 ounce can into the tomato juice.
You don’t have to get crazy and get every last drop. Just get what you can.
Add a spoonful of the diced chiles to the jar/bowl.
Because there is another green chile salsa in the soup recipe that I use this Snap E Tom substitute in, I’m not worried about the chunks from these chiles.
If you like your soups extra smooth, you could absolutely run this through a blender quickly.
Give it a quick stir.
And that’s it!
It’s quick and easy and tastes as close to Snap E Tom as you can get.
It’s a quick way to make my favorite Tortilla Soup taste amazing for very little effort.
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Homemade Snap E Tom
- 2 5.5 oz cans V8 juice
- 4 oz. can diced green chiles mild
- To a small bowl or jar, add the cans of V8 juice.
- Open the can of diced green chiles and, using the lid, squeeze the juice into the tomato juice.
- Mix well.