Grandma's Chili Sauce

Carolyn Parke


This has been a favorite in my family passed down from my grandmother that was born before the 1900's. Use as marinade for meats or over meatloaf, or in place of ketchup. This is awesome with grilled hamburgers. Enjoy!


★★★★★ 1 vote

9 pints
1 Hr
2 Hr


  • 14 lb
    roma tomatoes
  • 4 c
    chopped celery (2 bunches)
  • 21/2 c
    chopped onions
  • 21/2 c
    green bell peppers
  • 6 stick
    cinnamon sticks
  • 41/2 c
    brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1 qt
    apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp
    dry mustard
  • 1 tsp
    cloves, ground
  • 1/4 c
    canning salt

How to Make Grandma's Chili Sauce


  1. Scald tomatoes, peel, core, and cut into chunks.
  2. Put in large kettle, cook 15 minutes.
  3. Drain off half of the juice (appproximately 6 cups).
  4. Aff celery, onion, and green peppers. Simmer 11/2 hours.
  5. Tie cinnamon sticks in a cheese cloth.
  6. Addcinnamon sticks with brown sugar, vinegar, mustard, cloves, and salt.
  7. Continue cooking another 11/2 hours, or until thick consistency.
  8. Remove cinnamon sticks.
  9. Fill hot pint jars.
  10. Process 15 minutes in hot water bath. Remove from bath and place on towel to let bottles dry and cool.

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About Grandma's Chili Sauce

Course/Dish: Salsas Other Sauces
Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Other Tag: Healthy

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