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This recipe for homemade chili sauce is tangy and sophisticated. Ketchup with a kick. It’s both a condiment and a sauce – and equally as delicious on a hamburger as it is as a dipping sauce for shrimp. Once you learn how to make this quick and easy sauce, you’ll never go with store bought again!

Homemade chili sauce in glass bowl with spoon.

Chili sauce is a close relative – maybe a step-sibling – of ketchup. It’s a little more tangy, and a little more elegant bringing its own unique flavor.

This homemade tangy sauce is easy to make and comes together quickly – in under 15 minutes. You’ll love the sweet and tangy flavor and will find you’ll turn to it as a sauce and as an ingredient.

This homemade version of chili sauce is great as a tangy condiment for burger or hot dogs. It’s also great as a dipping sauce for homemade chicken tenders. But I love it most served with cocktail shrimp. Sometimes when I serve it with shrimp I like to give it a little extra kick with a bit of prepared horseradish, but honestly, it is delicious as it is.

Do you love sweet and sour cocktail meatballs? Here’s an insanely easy recipe (not that my Swedish meatball sauce isn’t delicious and worth a try!). Mix a full recipe of this chili sauce (the equivalent of a bottle of chili sauce) with a jar of peach jam, pour it over a bag of frozen meatballs you’ve emptied into the slow cooker and cook on low. In a matter of hours you’ll have delicious tangy cocktail meatballs which everyone will be begging you for the recipe.

You can also use this chili sauce recipe in place of ketchup for a glaze on your favorite meatloaf recipe. This homemade chili sauce is much like ketchup – but it has a bit of zing and zip from the spices and the vinegar. I personally love the flavor it gives to meatloaf.

The sauce gets sweetness from brown sugar, zip from white vinegar and a burst of flavor from chili, onion, garlic powders and a bit of allspice. These are likely all ingredients you have on hand as it is – no need to run to the grocery store!

If you are looking for other condiments that also can be dipping sauces, try my homemade chipotle sauce or my avocado crema. Both these sauces are as great on sandwiches or tacos as they are served as a dipping sauce. You’ll be glad you made them!


The ingredients for this sauce are likely in your pantry right this very minute.

Ingredients for homemade chili sauce.
  • Tomato Sauce – This is the base of the chili sauce.
  • Brown Sugar – For sweetness – I use light brown sugar.
  • White Vinegar – This gives the sauce tang and zing.
  • Chili Powder – For a little heat, flavor and depth.
  • Allspice – Adds a bit of unique flavor.
  • Onion and Garlic Powder – To round out the flavor.

How to Make Chili Sauce

Some of my favorite sauces are just dump and mix sauces. Others are more complicated. Thankfully this is one of the quick and easy mix it and be done with it recipes. Once you see how easy it is, you’ll never buy store bought again!

Instructions

  1. Stir the tomato sauce, brown sugar, vinegar, chili powder, onion powder, garlic powder and allspice together in a mixing bowl until thoroughly blended.
  2. Pour into an airtight container, and refrigerate until ready to use.
Chili sauce in glass bowl with whisk.

Substitutions


Brown sugar: Regular granulated sugar can be used instead.

White vinegar: Apple cider vinegar or red wine vinegar can be used.

Variations

  1. Spicy – To make this chili sauce spicier, add more chili powder or add red pepper flakes.
  2. Cocktail sauce – If you prefer even more zing, add a ¼ to ½ teaspoon of prepared horseradish to the chili sauce.
  3. Smoked paprika – This will add a little extra smokey flavor. About ¼ teaspoon is all you need.
Chili sauce on spoon over glass bowl.


Storage

  1. Store in a jar in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
  2. Or freeze for up to 3 months. When ready to use, thaw in the refrigerator overnight.

More Condiment Recipes

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Yield: about 1 cup

Chili Sauce

Homemade chili sauce in glass bowl with spoon.

You'll never want plain ketchup again! This homemade chili sauce is the perfect balance of sweet and savory. Serve this condiment as a sandwich spread, on top of hot dogs or hamburgers, or as a dip for shrimp.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon of chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon allspice
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder

Instructions

  1. Stir the tomato sauce, brown sugar, vinegar, chili powder, onion powder, garlic powder and allspice together in a mixing bowl until thoroughly blended.
  2. Pour into an airtight container, and refrigerate until ready to use.

Notes

Brown sugar: Regular granulated sugar can be used instead.

White vinegar: Apple cider vinegar or red wine vinegar can be used.

Make ahead tips

  1. Store in a jar in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
  2. Or freeze for up to 3 months. When ready to use, thaw in the refrigerator overnight.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

2 tablespoons

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 20Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 151mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 1gSugar: 4gProtein: 0g

The nutrition information provided is for convenience and as a courtesy only. It is not guaranteed to be accurate because nutrition information can vary for a variety of reasons. For precise nutritional data use your preferred nutrition calculator and input the exact ingredients you used in the recipe.

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