Chili sauce is a condiment made from chiles, tomatoes and spices, similar to ketchup but spicier. The condiment can be used on burgers and other sandwiches, used to make a spicy salad dressing, or added to soups or even to top a meatloaf. In cooking the term can be confusing because it really can mean something different depending on the recipe. Many "American" recipes typically refer to a product such as Heinz chile sauce. Heinz is an old, still reliable brand of chili sauce that dates back to 1869.
There are many other sauces that may be referred to a chili sauce such as Vietnamese Sriracha sauce and even Chinese versions such as chili garlic sauce.
If you don't have chili sauce you can use one of these alternatives:
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Heinz: Tomato Puree (Tomato Paste, Water), Distilled White Vinegar, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Salt, Corn Syrup, Dehydrated Onions, Spice, Garlic Powder, Natural Flavoring.
1 cup tomato sauce
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl and stir until all the sugar is melted and incorporated.
4 quarts red ripe tomatoes,chopped
5 large onions -- chopped
4 sweet red peppers -- chopped
2 cups cider vinegar
1 cup brown sugar
1 stick cinnamon -- broken up
1 tablespoon yellow mustard seed
2 teaspoons celery seed
1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon peppercorns
Tie the spices spices in a cheesecloth bag. Combine with all other ingredients in a heavy, enameled pot and stir. Bring the mixture quickly to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat and simmer until sauce thickens, about 3 to 4 hours. The sauce should be thicker than ketchup, but not as thick as jam. Monitor the sauce closely, stirring often, to prevent scorching.
Pack hot in sterile jars and process in boiling water bath for 15 minutes.