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Best Chilled Beets Recipe

Best Chilled Beets Recipe

I really didn't like beets until my mother made these. When I've served them to guests or taken them to a gathering, many people have told me how much they like them. The combination of ingredients may sound a bit unusual, but they really taste good together.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling YIELD:10-12 servings


  • 3 cans (16 ounces each) sliced beets
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 cup vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 3 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 25 whole cloves, tied in a cheesecloth bag


  • 1. Drain the beets, reserving 1-1/2 cups of juice in a large saucepan. Add cornstarch to juice and mix well. Add beets and remaining ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until the sauce is slightly thickened, stirring often. Remove the spice bag. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Yield: 10-12 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1/2 cup) equals 52 calories, 3 g fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 2,478 mg sodium, 5 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, trace protein.