Chili Sauce is sweet and zesty (not spicy), like an extra zesty version of ketchup!

It is a simple condiment, great as a meatloaf topping, served over burgers or used on ribs. It’s great with dishes all across the culinary map.

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What is Chili Sauce?

  • Chili sauce is basically a zesty version of ketchup and can be purchased online or in grocery stores.
  • This sauce is not spicy but full of zesty and tangy flavor with a hint of sweetness.
  • Tomato sauce, brown sugar, and cider vinegar give chili sauce its flavor. Onion flakes, chili powder, and garlic powder round out the flavors.
  • Heinz makes the most popular store-bought brand, but it’s so easy to make at home. This recipe can be adjusted to be as mild or spicy for any use.

How to Use Chili Sauce

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How to Make Chili Sauce

Chill back and enjoy how easy it is to make this sauce!

  1. Add all the ingredients to a saucepan.
  2. Simmer until thickened. (As per recipe below)
  3. Remove from heat and season with salt.

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How to Store

Store in a mason jar in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Shake the jar before using.

Best Homemade Condiments

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Zesty Homemade Chili Sauce

This sweet and hot chili sauce is the perfect easy-to-make homemade condiment!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 16
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  • 1 ½ cups tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons onion flakes
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon dry mustard powder
  • salt to taste


  • Combine all ingredients in a saucepan.
  • Simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes or until the sauce has thickened.
  • Taste and season with additional salt if needed.
  • Cool and refrigerate up to 2 weeks.


Uses for Chili Sauce
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 15 | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 204mg | Potassium: 94mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 141IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Dip, Dressing, Sauce
Cuisine American
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    1. We have never tried canning this recipe and I am not well informed about canning best practices to inform you of the best way but maybe another reader can offer some guidance!