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!


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9 pints
1 Hr
2 Hr


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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


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