Grandma's Sweet Chili Sauce

Grandma’s Sweet Chili Sauce

This recipe is a nostalgic one for me. It is my Grandma’s. She would make it and serve it with Roast Beef. I’ve added a few more ingredients, but the essence is the same. This year my kids helped me with the process. We made 3 batches!

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Grandma’s Sweet Chili Sauce
Recipe type: Condiment
  • 26 tomatoes peeled, cored and quartered
  • 6 sweet onions, finely chopped
  • 6 green bell peppers, chopped
  • 6 red bell peppers, finely chopped
  • 3 cups brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp salt
  • 2 tsp ground all spice
  • 2 tsp ground cloves
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 ½ cups cider vinegar
  1. Combine all ingredients in a large heavy pot. (I use the bottom of a pressure cooker. If you use a lighter pot, you will need to stir more frequently to avoid sticking)
  2. Bring to a boil; simmer until as thick as desired (about 1 to 2 hours).
  3. Stir frequently to prevent sticking and help the tomatoes to break up.
  4. Pour hot sauce into pint canning jars, leaving ½ –inch headspace.
  1. Wipe jar rims. Heat lids in simmering water for a minute or two. Center hot lid on full jar and twist on band.
  2. Process filled jars in a boiling water canner or a steamer canner for 15 minutes.
  3. Remove jars and cool.
  4. Check lids for seal after 24 hours. Lid should not flex up and down when center is pressed.
  1. You can cut this recipe in half if you do not have a large enough pot.
  2. I use my food processor to chop all the peppers and onions.
The Easy Way to Peel a Tomato
  1. To peel a tomato, first use your paring knife to cut out the stem. Then slice a shallow X in the bottom.
  2. Using a slotted spoon, place the tomato into boiling water for about 30 seconds to a minute, then plunge it into a bowl of iced water. This will stop the tomato from cooking and further loosen the skin.
  3. Remove the cooled tomato and peel away the skin with your hands. This same technique can be used for ripe peaches.