Mel's Chili Sauce

READY IN: 2hrs 30mins
Recipe by Andy Wold

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(?).

Top Review by Weeza7

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.

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.

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