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Chipotle Sauce

I grow a huge garden every year to help feed my family of seven. My sister shared this recipe with me as a way to use up my bounty of tomatoes. You can also puree the mixture to create a barbecue sauce for meats.—Jean Kennedy, Walton, Oregon
  • Total Time
    Prep: 1 hour Process: 15 min.
  • Makes
    6 half-pints


  • 4 pounds plum tomatoes (about 12 medium)
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup minced chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 2 teaspoons salt


  • In a large saucepan, bring 8 cups water to a boil. Add tomatoes, a few at a time; boil 30 seconds. Drain and immediately place tomatoes in ice water. Drain and pat dry; peel.
  • In a food processor, cover and process tomatoes in batches until finely chopped. Transfer to a Dutch oven. Add brown sugar, vinegar, chipotle peppers and salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 20-25 minutes or until most of the liquid is evaporated, stirring constantly.
  • Remove from heat. Ladle hot mixture into six hot half-pint jars, leaving 1/2-in. headspace. Remove air bubbles and adjust headspace, if necessary, by adding hot mixture. Wipe rims. Center lids on jars; screw on bands until fingertip tight.
  • Place jars into canner with simmering water, ensuring that they are completely covered with water. Bring to a boil; process for 15 minutes. Remove jars and cool.
Nutrition Facts
1/4 cup: 52 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 221mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.

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