Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 25 mins

My reverse-engineered recipe for Heinz Chili Sauce.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. WHISK all ingredients well in a medium bowl: 1 (6 ounce) can quality tomato paste, 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup light corn syrup (Karo), 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar (Heinz), 1 tablespoon minced onion flakes, 1 teaspoon unseasoned sweet chili powder, 1 teaspoon plain salt, 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce, 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice, 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves, 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/8 teaspoon red chili flakes, 1/8 teaspoon white pepper.
  2. SIMMER sauce in a small saucepan over low heat until proper/desired consistency is reached (sauce should be as thick as possible, while retaining viscosity); TASTE sauce; SEASON to taste with a pinch of salt salt or more if necessary (flavor should be a balance between savory, salty, sweet and sour).
  3. REMOVE from heat and allow to cool completely.
  4. POUR sauce into a squeeze bottle and serve.
  5. ENJOY it while it lasts! Refrigerate unused portion in sealed squeeze bottle.


Most Helpful

Wonderful recipe - ran out of Heinz sauce for my favorite brisket recipe. Prepared sauce as directed. Delicious. I added extra 1/2 tsp chili powder and 1/8 pepper, and oh boy what a kick! Had to add more tomato paste and corn syrup. Be careful with proportions of spices and seasoning. I advise: follow recipe as written but start with less chili powder and cayenne especially if you use high quality, strong chili powder like I do. Adjust for your family's taste. Best brisket ever.

MomEsqNY September 17, 2012

Great Scotts! I replaced the nasty evil corn syrup with a real dark brown sugar(smokey taste & caramel color), 1/4 cup of apple vinegar with Tabasco( taste & natural preservative), added ketchup to get the Heinz flavor, & chili powder for chili. I do add whiskey to my chili or beer and that really kicks up the flavor too. I will be using celery salt, dill weed,smoked cumin, chipotle powder, fresh minced garlic, fresh minced onion, and maybe off brand sriracha.

Chris J. April 01, 2015

What is unseasoned sweet chili powder? Paprika? Thank you for your answer.

BarbLabossRI November 18, 2016

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