Chili Sauce

Chili Sauce

Chili Sauce

Preserving Method: Water Bath Canning

Makes about 8 (16 oz.) jars

Upgrade from a standard ball game chili dog with Ball®’s homemade Chili Sauce. With fresh Thai red chilis and chili powder tamed by the sweetness of brown sugar, you’ve got a real winner on your hands.


  • 9 lbs. tomatoes, peeled and roughly chopped (about 4 quarts)
  • 6 onions, chopped
  • 3 red bell peppers, seeded and chopped
  • 6 Thai red or Anaheim chilis, seeded and chopped
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 2 cups apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. salt
  • 1 Tbsp. mustard seed
  • 1 Tbsp. grated horseradish (optional)
  • 2 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 2 tsp. allspice

In This Recipe

1. Place tomatoes, onions, red peppers, chilies and garlic in the bowl of a food processor, working in batches, pulse until evenly chopped but still chunky, or until smooth if you prefer.

2. Combine all ingredients in a large stainless steel pot and bring to a boil over high heat, stirring frequently. Lower heat and simmer until thickened, about 1 ½- 2 hours, stirring occasionally to prevent scorching. Sauce is done when it’s thick enough to hold shape on a spoon.

3. Prepare boiling water canner while chili sauce is cooking. Heat jars in simmering water until ready to use, do not boil. Wash lids in warm soapy water and set aside with bands.

4. Ladle hot chili sauce into a hot jar leaving a ½ inch headspace. Remove air bubbles. Wipe jar rim. Center lid on jar and apply band, adjust to fingertip tight. Place jar in boiling water canner. Repeat until all jars are filled.

5. Process jars 20 minutes, adjusting for altitude. Turn off heat, remove lid, let jars stand 5 minutes. Remove jars and cool 12-24 hours. Check lids for seal, they should not flex when center is pressed.

Pairs well with: Hot dogs