Hot and Sweet Chili Sauce

An old-fashioned chili sauce that is sweet with a touch of heat. A dollop of it at the side of your plate livens up meat pie or meatloaf nicely. A recipe for home canning from Ball and Bernardin.

Course Condiments
Cuisine American
Keyword Hot Sauce
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 45 minutes
Yield 4 half-litre (US pint) jars
Calories 30 kcal


  • 375 ml white vinegar (5% or higher. 1 1/2 cups / 12 oz)
  • 4 tablespoons pickling spice (in spice bag)
  • 1.5 kg tomatoes (paste type. Peeled, cored, chopped. 6 cups. 3.3 lbs. Measured after prep.)
  • 150 g red peppers (chopped. Measured after seeding, chopping. 1 cup / 1 large)
  • 150 g onion (chopped. Measured after peeling, chopping. 1 cup / 1 medium onion)
  • 2 peaches (small. About 200 g / 7 oz of flesh after peeling and pitting)
  • 150 g apple (peeled, cored chopped apple. Measured after prep. 1 1/4 cups. 1 medium)
  • 150 g pear (peeled, cored chopped pear. Measured after prep. 1 cup. 1 medium)
  • 6 to 8 hot peppers (small. Somewhere between 30 to 100 g / 1 to 3 oz)
  • 75 g sultana raisins (1/2 cup)
  • 350 g white sugar (1 1/2 cups / 12 oz in weight) OR 2 teaspoons liquid stevia
  • 4 teaspoons salt (OR non-bitter, non-clouding salt sub)
Metric - US Customary


  1. Add vinegar to large stainless-steel pot.
  2. Make spice bag with pickling spice, add to pot.
  3. Wash, core, peel and chop the tomatoes. Add to pot.
  4. Put pot on to start slowly simmering.
  5. Wash, seed, chop the red bell pepper, add to pot.
  6. Wash, peel, chop the onion, add to pot.
  7. Wash, peel, pit, chop the peach, add to pot. Stir.
  8. Wash, peel, core, chop the apple, add to pot. Stir.
  9. Wash, peel, core, chop the pear, add to pot. Stir.
  10. Wash, seed, chop the peppers finely, add to pot.
  11. Add the raisins, sugar and salt. Stir all well.
  12. Bring pot to a boil. Stir frequently during this phase.
  13. Lower to a simmer, and stir occasionally.
  14. Let simmer uncovered until sauce is thick enough to form a mound on a spoon: about 1 1/2 to 2 hours. When trying to judge this, don't worry if there is still a little bit of thin looking tomato sauce at the very sides of the pot; remember, it's all going to thicken up a lot anyway once cooled, so don't try to simmer until you have something with no sauce or it will no longer be a chili *sauce*
  15. Discard spice bag.
  16. Pack hot into quarter-litre (1/2 US pint) jars or half-litre (US pint) jars.
  17. Leave 2 cm (1/2 inch) headspace for either size jar.
  18. Debubble, adjust headspace.
  19. Wipe jar rims.
  20. Put lids on.
  21. Process in a water bath or steam canner.
  22. Process either size jar for 20 minutes; increase time as needed for your altitude.