Homemade Chili Sauce

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Another day, another recipe to replace a bottle of condiments in the refrigerator door with something healthier, from items you can keep on-hand. Ho-hum.

As you will recall from my Cocktail Sauce post, I like to have the right condiment for every occasion, but I hate the thought of a dozen or more glass bottles languishing in the refrigerator for a year or more (um, much more sometimes).

I checked out the ingredients in Heinz Chili Sauce at the grocery store today, and I admit, it wasn’t as bad of an offender as packaged onion soup mix (discussed here), save for corn syrup that seems a bit extraneous – but can anyone explain “natural flavoring” to me? How about just using … natural flavors?

Homemade Chili Sauce-4I know. I’m a bit of a visionary.

Those natural flavors look pretty good to me!

I also like that I can use organic tomato sauce and organic tomato paste to make this recipe – I admittedly haven’t looked very hard, but I have not seen organic chili sauce at my local grocery stores, and tomatoes are one ingredient for which I like to at least try to use organic when I can.

Homemade Chili Sauce

My first experience with chili sauce was for a cranberry brisket recipe, and I remember being so confused. Wouldn’t a whole 12 oz. jar of “chili sauce” be SO SPICY?

Negative. This type of “chili sauce” is sweet, like a sweet marinaraas you can see in the ingredient list, it’s pretty much a fancy tomato sauce.

Chili sauce, in my experience, is usually used as a sauce ingredient in recipes like meatloaf, brisket, and meatballs. But when I was prepping to take pictures of the Garlic – Parmesan Soft Pretzel Knots, I was looking for a dipping sauce for the photos – and I thought this would pass muster. But as I took pictures, snacking as I went {hey, there are many benefits to food blogging!}, I realized that this Homemade Chili Sauce would be a great, easy dipping sauce for garlicky bread. I would probably only use 1 T of sweetener (brown sugar or honey) when using this recipe to make a dipping sauce, but I am thrilled to find another way to eat garlicky bread and tomato sauce. YUM. I was totally looking for another way to eat garlicky break and tomato sauce.

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Homemade Chili Sauce
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Use this homemade chili sauce in recipes, or as a straight dipping sauce.
Recipe type: Sauce, Side, Condiment
Serves: 12 oz.
  • 8 oz tomato sauce
  • 2 T tomato paste
  • lemon juice from ½ lemon
  • 1 T light brown sugar
  • 1 T honey
  • ¼ t mustard powder
  • ¼ t onion powder
  • ¼ t garlic powder
  • ¼ t chili powder
  • ¼ t Worcestershire sauce
  1. Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl. Let stand in the refrigerator before use, if you have time {but it will still be great if you don't}.

Adapted from: http://www.deepsouthdish.com/2013/05/homemade-chili-sauce.html#axzz3HvZfF2A6

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