Fresh Tomato Chili Sauce


This is a sweet chili sauce made according to an old family recipe. It is great on hamburgers, and pot roast. If you don't can the sauce in jars, it can be refrigerated.

Prep Time:
35 mins
Cook Time:
4 hrs
Total Time:
4 hrs 35 mins
4 quarts


  • 35 fresh tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped

  • 3 fresh hot chile peppers, seeded and chopped

  • 4 red bell peppers, cored, seeded and cut into 2-inch pieces

  • 1 large onion, chopped

  • 2 cups apple cider vinegar

  • cup fresh lime juice, or amount to taste

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • 1 cup packed brown sugar

  • 1 tablespoon salt, or amount to taste


  1. Place the tomatoes in a large pot over medium heat, and simmer 1 hour. Skim off any excess liquid or foam. Stir in the chile peppers, bell peppers, onion, vinegar, lime juice, white sugar, brown sugar, and desired amount of salt. Reduce heat to low, and simmer 3 to 5 hours until liquid reduces and thickens. Adjust seasonings to taste.

  2. Remove chili sauce from heat, and skim off any foam. Pour into hot, sterilized jars, leaving 1/4 inch headroom. Adjust lids. Process for 10 minutes in a boiling-water bath.

Editor's Note

To learn tips for successfully canning garden produce, read our informative article about Canning and Preserving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

31 Calories
0g Fat
7g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 96
Calories 31
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g 0%
Sodium 77mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 7g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 17mg 85%
Calcium 9mg 1%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 153mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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