Best of Show Chili Sauce | Mrs. Wages

Best of Show Chili Sauce

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I use vine- ripened tomatoes and found the recipe in a old county fair recipe book from the 1940’s. You can use this sauce on burgers fries or your favorite meatloaf!


  • Yields: 3 pints
Best of Show Chili Sauce | Mrs. Wages


24 large red tomatoes about 10 pounds coarsely chopped

6 green bell peppers coarsely chopped

4 large onions, coarsley chopped

1/2 cup of sugar

1/4 cup of brown sugar

2 Tbsp of pickling salt

2 Tbsp ground cinnamon

3 cups commercial white vinegar (5% acidity)


1In a large non reactive pot bring all of the ingredients to a boil then reduce heat simmer the chili sauce stirring occasionally until it is thick about 3 hours

2Ladle the chili sauce into pint or half pint mason jars leaving 1/2-inch headspace close the jars with at two piece caps to ensure a good seal process the jars for 15 minutes in a boiling water bath.

3Store the cool jars in a cool dry dark place.

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