Stef’s Homemade Chili Sauce

Photo - Homemade Chili by Nest Half FullI recently got bored with our regular chicken rotation and cold weather.  Which started me  thinking of warm climes.  Right in the middle of giving Southwestern Roast Chicken a try, I wanted to see what would happen if the bird were smeared with a little chili sauce.  The snag?  I’ve never ever had chili sauce in the house.

No worries!  After all, how hard can it be to make it myself?  Turns out, making a great chili sauce is not hard at all!

Some quick research.  A bit of tweaking. Time to give it a final taste test.

Wow! This is Some Good Stuff! 

Stef’s Homemade Chili Sauce

Makes roughly 1 2/3 cups (375 ml)

What’s in it …
6-ounce organic tomato paste
1/2 cup filtered water
1/2 cup raw honey
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar (I use this)
1 Tablespoon dried onion flakes (only organic for me!)
2 teaspoons chili powder (look here for my Chili Powder Blend)
1 1/2 teaspoons unrefined sea salt (I use Aztec Sea Salt or Celtic Sea Salt, grey)
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon worcestershire sauce (I use this one because it’s gluten-free. It’s in every supermarket)
••• OR 1/2 teaspoon coconut aminos (gluten and soy-free. This is the brand I use.)
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
2 dashes red pepper flakes, (optional)

How to pull it together …
In a small saucepan, whisk all ingredients until combined.

Bring to a simmer over medium-low heat.  Once simmering, reduce heat to low and continue to simmer until the sauce thickens to the consistency of ketchup.  Remember that it will thicken a little more once it’s cool.

Taste and adjust salt, if necessary.  Add pepper flakes now, if desired.

Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature.

To Store …  Use whatever portion you want.  Transferr unused sauce to a clean container, preferably glass, and refrigerate.

I’ve already used it on … my Southwestern Roast Chicken.  In the subsequent chicken soup.  On pork chops.  As a dip for sliced ham. Directly from the spoon.  It is so addictive, I’m looking for more excuses.

Stef’s Note …
I really love making my own condiments because it allows me to:

1.  Use organic ingredients;
2.  Avoid GMO-heavy products including soy, canola oil, corn anything; and
3.  Stay gluten-free.
4.  AND it’s fun!  Most condiments are so easy to make!

How about sharing how you use chili sauce?

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