Sep 14
Granny’s Chili Sauce3 Comments


So since all of my favorite blogs jumped on the canning bandwagon, I decided to join in on the fun. Ever since last year when my Granny gave this recipe to my sister-in-law at her bridal shower last year, I have been obsessed with the idea of making it myself. When we learned that Hurricane Irene was rolling in, the first place I ran (like everyone else) was the grocery store. Unlike many shoppers who were frantically loading up on water, batteries, and peanut butter, I loaded my cart with tomatoes. Knowing that I would be stuck inside all weekend long, this particular project needed to happen.
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My grandmother is known for this particular sauce and when people know she has just made a batch, they don’t hesitate to ask for a jar. I can tell you that I love every year when late August rolls around knowing that my mom would get one, and make a mean sloppy joe dinner. My grandfather was known to eat this right out of the jar, or alongside some scrambled eggs. However you choose to use it, I guarantee it won’t disappoint you.

Granny’s Chili Sauce

(Printable Recipe)
Yield: I got 4 pint size jars, Granny usually gets 2 1/2 quart size jars

18 large peeled tomatoes (see note below)
2 onions, cut fine
2 green peppers, cut fine
1 red pepper, cut fine
2 cups sugar
1 tsp. whole cloves
1 tsp. celery seed*
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/3 tsp. red pepper
1 tbsp. mustard seed
2 cups vinegar
2 tbsp. salt

What you’ll do:
Put cloves, celery seed, and mustard seed on a 4×4 piece of cheesecloth and tie to secure. Set aside. In a large pot, combine tomatoes, both kinds of peppers, and onions. Add the sugar, cinnamon, red pepper, vinegar, and salt. Add in cheesecloth with other spices and mix everything until combined. Simmer 3 to 4 hours until thick. Seal in sterilized jars.

*Fresh celery can be substituted for celery seed
Note: After making the sauce I asked my grandmother for some tips. She said that she likes to use plum tomatoes since they are the least juicy. The problem is that they are small so she actually uses 54 of them! That is a lot of peeling. So my suggestion would be to let the sauce simmer uncovered so that some of the juice evaporates.

Source: Agnes Mucha

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3 Responses to Granny’s Chili Sauce

  1. Miss Nirvana says:

    Yum! I love canning. Your sauce looks great. How long do your process these jars for in a boiling water bath?

  2. Krissy says:

    Miss Nirvana- twenty minutes

  3. Stephanie Taylor says:

    I’ve used this same recipe for a couple of years now. It was a passed recipe from a family member. It is very good in chili, but it rocks in a meatloaf. I use half a pint jar for one meatloaf. I threw in my last jar recently when making goulash. My DH asked me to make that dish again soon. It is versatile and I think it’s a good staple to have on hand.

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