Total Time
2hrs 30mins
Prep 30 mins
Cook 2 hrs

This is my mom's recipe. It is a wonderful homemade chili sauce that makes FANTASTIC sloppy joes (see Mel's Sloppy Joes , Mel's Sloppy Joes), or can be used for eggs rancheros(?).

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine all ingredients in non-aluminum pot (recipe is acidic).
  2. Simmer ingredients over medium heat, stirring occasionally and slightly mashing vegetables as they cook.
  3. Cook until thickened (about an hour).
  4. Place in 1-pint (1/2-liter) canning jars.
  5. Let stand, cool, and seal using hot-water canning method.
  6. NOTE: Can place in 1/2-pint (1/4-liter) jars for smaller sloppy joe recipe using 1-lb ground beef.
Most Helpful

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Very Good! I agree with other posters about letting it simmer longer. My sauce turned out a little thin but I still had the best sloppy joes ever. At first I couldn't put my finger on what made this sauce so good and unique. Then I figured it out. It was the ground cloves. That's was actually made the sauce for me.

4 5

Just getting finished canning this recipe and the smell is great and intial tastes say its a winner. I used a 5 gallon pail of cherry tomatoes and just kind of tweeked the recipe. Doubled the spice list. Used 6 cups of white vinegar, 5 cups of brown sugar. Added 4 small cans of tomato paste and 20 cloves of minced fresh garlic. As others simmered 5 hours and finished it in the crockpot overnight on "keep warm" to get the thicker sauce. Made 1/2 hot with jalapeno peppers. I got 24 pints from it. I can tell, its going to be GOOD!

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