Grandma Vinion's Canned Peppers in Red Sauce

Megan Todd


So now I post my grandma's pepper recipe. I remember years of coming home from school to the smell of grandma's peppers cooking and her busy canning away. They can be made with sweet or hot peppers. Everyone that tastes these peppers falls madly in love with them. I use these peppers in my sloppy Joe's, in my chili, BBq chip chop ham. I'll cook them up with a roast. There are so many uses for these canned peppers.

I have heard people compare them to ketchup peppers. I have never had ketchup peppers, but I imagine they are just as tasty! These take a lil time, but trust me... worth it!


★★★★★ 3 votes

makes 6-8 pints
2 Hr
45 Min


  • 8-10
    pint sized jars with lids and rings, washed and sanitized. keep hot until ready to use.
  • 1
    bushel of sweet or hot peppers (ex: sweet banana peppers, cubanella peppers, hot block, hot banana peppers.. etc.) no bell peppers
  • 2 -32 oz
    cans tomato puree
  • 1 -32 oz
    can tomato sauce
  • 1 1/2 c
    extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 c
  • 3 Tbsp
  • 2 c
    cider vinegar
  • 4 clove
    fresh garlic, minced
  • 2 large
    yellow onions, chopped

How to Make Grandma Vinion's Canned Peppers in Red Sauce


  1. NOTE: If you are doing sweet & hot peppers, cook the sweet peppers in the sauce before starting the hot. Also, if you have any sauce left over when done with all the peppers... don't throw it out. Can it! I like to use mine in my chili or in several other recipes.
  2. Prepare Jars: Clean and sanitize jars, lids, & rings as per manufacturer directions. Keep both lids and jars hot until ready to use. There are 2 way I do this.
    *Sanitize in dishwasher, by the time the cycle is done, you will be ready to use the jars. Or keep in a simmer hot water bath.
  3. Wash and clean all peppers. If using hot peppers, put on rubber gloves. Cut peppers in long slices, remove seeds. You can also cut in large chunks. Place in large bowl and set aside.
  4. In a large stock pot. Saute onions & garlic in oil until onions are transparent. Add tomato puree, sauce, sugar, salt, & vinegar. Heat to a slow simmer boil, and cook for 10 minutes, stirring well. Add peppers, & simmer for 10-12 minutes. Peppers will be cooked but still firm. Do not over-cook. Pack peppers in hot pint sized jars, add sauce, leave 1/2 inch head space.

    ** When adding peppers to jars, I use long handled tongs, & pack in all peppers in jars until I only have sauce remaining. Then use a ladle to add sauce with onions.

    Before adding next batch of peppers to the sauce, make sure you removed all peppers from previous batch. Add next batch of peppers and continue.
  5. Wipe rim of jars clean with a clean hot cloth. Place rims & rings. Make sure ring is tightly in place.

    Process pint sized jars in a hot water bath for 5 minutes. (adjust according to altitude) Quart sized jars 10 minutes.

    You will hear a "popping" sound from jars as they seal. Be sure to check each jar when cooled & before storing to make sure they have processed. Press in center of lid, if it pops up and down, it has not processed. & you may need to place new lid and reprocess. If center of lid is firm, jar is processed and sealed.

    Allow jars to cool, then store in a cool dry place.

    **If canning left over sauce. Process the same.

Printable Recipe Card

About Grandma Vinion's Canned Peppers in Red Sauce

Show 30 Comments & Reviews

13 Addicting Nacho Recipes

13 Addicting Nacho Recipes

Kitchen Crew @JustaPinch

Cheesy, yummy, absolute amazingness! Needless to say, we kinda sorta really love nachos :)

27 Happy Hour Recipes That'll Have You Saying Tgif

27 Happy Hour Recipes That'll Have you Saying TGIF

Kitchen Crew @JustaPinch

Celebrate the weekend with a happy hour filled with tasty appetizer recipes and delicious drinks. Cheers!

Simple Summer Appetizers Recipe

Simple Summer Appetizers

Kitchen Crew

Whether spending the afternoon by the pool with the family or having a relaxing evening at home with friends, having something to munch on is a necessity. In the summer,...