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Fresh Tomato Chili Sauce

Rated as 4.69 out of 5 Stars

"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."
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4 h 35 m servings 30
Original recipe yields 96 servings (4 quarts)


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  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: 30 calories; 0.1 7.1 0.6 0 77 Full nutrition

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this is the best,one change i did was added celery other then that is is very good the longer it sits the better it will get thks Diane

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I returned from a vacation to a garden full of ripe tomatoes and wanted to do something different with them. Based on reviews, I tried this Fresh Tomato Chili Sauce. I followed the recipe exac...

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this is the best,one change i did was added celery other then that is is very good the longer it sits the better it will get thks Diane

red bell peppers should diced small, not 2 inch pieces.

Exactly the recipe I was looking for! Thank you!!

This recipes sounds really good and I was thinking of making it, but how many cups/lbs of tomatoes is equal to the 35 tomatoes. Thanks

This is a sweet and spicy recipe. I like it but need ideas on how to use it in other recipes. I used 1/4 Tsp crushed red peppers because I didn't have any hot peppers. Plenty of heat for me. ...

This is a very good and simple sauce. Has a great taste and can be used as a base for lots of recipes. Thanks

This is the perfect receipe and just what I was looking for ...this summer, with my tomatoes!

This is very similar to an 100 year old recipe my Mom used to make, and I lost it. Hers called for a few more green peppers, and another spice or two, but this is so close, I'm so glad I found ...

Reminds me of my Grandmothers recipe I helped her make with fresh tomatoes from her garden when I was a child. Wonderful with fresh cooked purple hull peas or baked in a meat loaf. If you will ...