Shirley Camp’s Homemade Chili Sauce (Like Mother’s)

Shirley Camp’s Homemade Chili Sauce (Like Mother’s)

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October 7, 2015

When I was growing up, I usually loved to be in the kitchen when mother was cooking or canning food. Even though she used the pressure cooker exclusively, that didn’t matter. There was one exception – when she was making chili sauce. For some reason the combination of spices and vinegar was a little overwhelming for me as a kid. The sauce is great on meats particularly beef.

  • Yields: Approximately 6 pints
Shirley Camp’s Homemade Chili Sauce (Like Mother’s)


1Combine all ingredients in a large saucepot. Bring to a boil and simmer, reducing to the desired thickness. This will take up to 2 hours. Stir often to keep from scorching. Pour hot sauce into prepared hot pint jars; leave 1/2 inch headspace. Prepare the lids according to the manufacturer's recommendations. Wipe jar rims and add lids and rings. Process in a boiling water bath for 15 minutes.


4 qt peeled, cored and chopped tomatoes

2 cups finely chopped onions

1 1/2 cups chopped sweet peppers (red, yellow, or green or a combination)

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

1 Tbsp Mrs. Wages® Canning and Pickling Salt

1 Tbsp celery seed

1 Tbsp ground allspice

1 Tbsp ground cloves

1 Tbsp ground cinnamon

1 Tbsp ground ginger

1 cup white vinegar (5% acetic acid)


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