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Quick homemade chili sauce & ketchup recipe for homemade homemaker!

Homemad Chili Sauce Recipe

I have several recipes that call for chili sauce and I find it really difficult to locate in my grocery store.  When I do find it the price is always a little shocking for a 12oz bottle.  

I found some recipes online that called for buckets of tomatoes and gallons of vinegar but I was really looking for a chili sauce substitute that would be quick and easy when I decide at the last minute to make Sweet & Sour meatballs.

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So I've been experimenting and found that this little recipe substitutes nicely and I usually have all the ingredients on hand (unlike a 12 oz bottle of chili sauce which I seem to *never* have on hand.)

It can stay a day or two in the fridge, but it should be used fairly quickly after making it. (not like the "buckets of tomatoes" version that is made for canning.)

Chili Sauce Substitute

Makes about 2 cups.


2 cups tomato sauce

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup vinegar

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

1/8 teaspoon allspice

1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Mix together and refrigerate if not needed immediately.


Felt tomatoes

While doing some research and experimenting with my chili sauce I ran across a recipe for homemade ketchup at Hillbilly Housewife that is wonderful too!  Funny enough the ingredients are very similar to the chili sauce. 


I changed it up a bit because I like things spicy and added some garlic & onion powder and more cayenne.  You can find the original recipe here.  Be sure to have a look around because she is a wonderful resource for homemade goodness!

Spicy Homemade Ketchup (adapted from Hillbilly Housewife's recipe)


6 ounce can tomato paste
1/3 cup water
2 tablespoons vinegar
1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon onion powder
1/8 teaspoon cloves
1/8 teaspoon allspice
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 cup brown sugar

Mix together and refrigerate in an airtight container.

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Hope you enjoy these and share with me what you made!

Grace & Peace,


"You provide food for those you love. Their children have plenty, and their grandchildren will have more than enough." -Psalm 17:14