Sauce Essentials: Sweet Chili Sauce

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By Andy Anderson !
from Wichita, KS

I’m making a ton of spring rolls for an event this coming weekend, and the host wanted a chili sauce. They wanted mild heat, and sweet flavor, and this is what I came up with. For spring rolls, I think this is the perfect sauce. So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.

serves several
prep time 10 Min
cook time 55 Min
method Stove Top


  •   1 large
    red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  •   1 large
    poblano chili, seeded and chopped
  •   4 Tbsp
    coconut sugar
  •   1/2 c
    rice vinegar
  •   1/2 c
    filtered water

How To Make

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    Gather your ingredients.
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    Place the pepper, chilies, sugar, vinegar, and water into a saucepan over medium heat.
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    Bring the mixture up to the boil, while stirring, then reduce to a low boil, and simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes.
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    Remove from heat, and allow to cool for 15 minutes.
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    Pour the ingredients into a blender, or food processor, fitted with an S-blade.
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    Blend until the mixture is completely smooth.
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    Place back into the saucepan, and slowy simmer until the mixture begins to thicken, about 20 – 25 minutes.
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    Chef's Tip: While the sauce is reducing, check the seasoning and see if it need a bit more sugar... some people like it real sweet.
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    Chef’s Note: The sweetness of this chili sauce comes from the red bell pepper, and the coconut sugar. I would not leave out the pepper; however, if you feel the sauce is too sweet , you could reduce the amount of the sugar.
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    Chef’s Note: The heat of this chili sauce comes from the Poblano chili, if you want it hotter, you could always choose a different chili, such as: Habañero, or Serrano.
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    Use this sauce as a compliment to chicken, seafood, spring rolls; even a dip for cheese. Enjoy.
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    Keep the faith, and keep cooking.