Red Pepper Sweet Chilli Sauce


Do you ever make your own sauce? Too often we reach for the ready made versions in the supermarket, but it's actually easy to make sauce at home and you can tweak the flavour to suit yourself. My latest batch is a red pepper sweet chilli sauce. 

I've made a sweet chilli sauce before, but this time I decided to add red pepper for a fuller flavour and a pinch of paprika for a smoky edge.

A simple red pepper sweet chilli sauce that has so many uses including a topping for veggie burgers, a drizzle for salad wraps and a marinade for tofu. Sweet, smoky and delicious! It's fat-free, very low in sodium and a good source of Vitamin A & C. Only 28 calories per tablespoon.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Comvita Manuka Apple Cider Vinegar

I also used Comvita Manuka Honey and Apple Cider Vinegar in this sauce which gives it a wonderful sweetness as well as the health benefits of Manuka Honey. The vinegar is a combination of naturally fermented apple cider vinegar and New Zealand UMF 5+ Manuka Honey and bush honey. It is also unpasteurised and can be used as a tonic or salad dressing.

Of course my vegan readers can use standard apple cider vinegar, it will just be a bit less sweet and a bit sharper.








I usually chop my ingredients finely when I make sauce as I quite like some texture, but this time I decided my power blender would do all the work as I was going for a smoother sauce. It was wonderful. I just threw everything in and hit the button. Smooth sauce, ready to be heated and to thickened n in a pot before being jarred.

Sterilizing Jam Jars


It's always best to sterilize jars before adding a freshly made sauce, chutney or jam. I sterilize my jam jars and lids in the dishwasher just before I'm about to use them and only take them out when I'm ready to pour, being careful not to touch the inside of the jar or lid. The jars should still be hot when you jar your sauce

You can also sterilize them the traditional way by washing the jars and lids in hot soapy water then placing them on a baking sheet and popping them in a hot oven until they are completely dry. Once again carefully use the jars while still hot.



5 Uses for Red Pepper Sweet Chilli Sauce


  1. Marinate pressed tofu in the sauce, grill it, then drizzle with more sauce.
  2. Pour sauce over a veggie burger.
  3. Use sauce as a dip with crunchy vegetables, nachos and breadsticks.
  4. Fill a pitta with lots of salad and falafel and drizzle over some sauce.
  5. Mix sauce through stir-fried vegetables and noodles.



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Red Pepper Sweet Chilli Sauce
Red Pepper Sweet Chilli Sauce
A simple red pepper sweet chilli sauce that has so many uses including a topping for veggie burgers, a drizzle for salad wraps and a marinade for tofu. Sweet, smoky and delicious! It's fat-free, very low in sodium and a good source of Vitamin A & C.

Ingredients
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 3-4 tsp chilli flakes
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • a chunk of fresh ginger (about 3 cm)
  • 400g chopped tomatoes
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 50ml apple cider vinegar
  • a generous pinch smoked paprika
Instructions
1. Chop and remove the seeds from the pepper. 2. Peel the garlic and ginger.3. Add all the ingredients to a food processor or blender and whizz until smooth. 4. Pour into a pot, bring to a boil, then reduce to a gentle simmer and cook for 30-40 minutes until thickened. 5. Pour into sterilized jars. 5. Enjoy!
Details
Total time:
Calories per tbsp: 28 calories
Yield: Makes 1 x 454g (1 lb) jam jar of sauce





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Disclosure: I was commissioned to make this recipe for Comvita. They did not expect a positive review and any opinions expressed are my own.

36 comments

  1. I love sweet chili sauce, but have never made my own. Yours looks incredible! Love that color and your tips on sterilizing the jars.

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  2. The colour of this is amazing - so vibrant. We are a little bit chilli sauce obsessed in our house and we love making our own too.

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    1. Yes the colour is rather fabulous. If you love chilli you might want to spice this up more. I always go mild on the chilli kick.

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  3. The flavors in your chili sauce sound right on point! Love the ginger to give it that spicy, tangy heat! I would put this on EVERYTHING!

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    1. Yes the ginger really perks it up. I do love the flavour from fresh ginger.

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  4. I love making my own sauces, this one sounds delicious. I especially like the smoky flavour from the paprika and the kick from the ginger. Lovely vibrant photos too :)

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    1. Yes the ginger and paprika really make this sauce fabulous. I hope you try it.

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  5. Oh gosh, this sound absolutely fabulous, and the color is so pretty!

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  6. This looks delicious p, I'm growing my own chilliest this year so will come back to your recipe when they are ready

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    1. oh good and good luck with that. I used to grow my own, well I tried it a couple of times. I decided I'm not particularly green fingered.

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  7. I don't make my own sauces very often (shame!) but they do taste so much nicer and fresher than shop bought ones. This one sounds delicious, I really like sweet chilli sauce and the addition of red pepper is a lovely touch.

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    1. Yes they definitely do and the red pepper works really well in this sauce.

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  8. This is right up my street! Never thought of adding red pepper to sweet chilli - but love red peppers so yum!

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    1. It was a notion I had when I was thinking of BBQ sauces. I'm glad it worked so well.

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  9. That looks really good! I love making homemade preserves including chutneys, jams, pickles and ketchups... This looks so fresh and full of flavour, the honey apple cider vinegar sounds perfect for it.

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    1. Yes the vinegar worked really well. I don't make as many preserves as I used to. I barely seem to have time these days.

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  10. This sauce sounds delicious and so full of flavor! Yum!

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  11. Load that on something for the grill and you'll have a fantastic meal for sure!

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    1. Oh yes good plan, definitely great for a BBQ.

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  12. Yum, this would be great with a veggie bbq.

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    1. Definitely Lisa, I'm with you on that one.

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  13. This looks so yummy and I love your suggestions for when/how to use it! I think my favorite is using it over a veggies burger. I can't wait to try this. Thank you for sharing!

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    1. I do so hope you try it. Thanks for stopping by :)

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  14. What stunning photos! I must admit that I tend to buy my sauces, but I can imagine how much better (and fresher) they taste when home-made. Your recipe sounds wonderful (and pretty easy too!) Really appreciate you sharing your tips on sterilising too.

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    1. Thanks Sharon. Yes they do taste better, but we don't always have time. It's good when you do have a little time.

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  15. Love the blog update, Jac, lovely and clear and clean and easy to navigate :-)

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    1. Thanks Ren, I am rather pleased with it.

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  16. This sauce looks so delicious in those pictures!!!! Great addition for almost any dish. Thanks for sharing.
    Jessi

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    1. Thanks and yes a really useful sauce to have sitting in your fridge.

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  17. I do make my own sauce sometimes - love the sound of this as it would be really versatile.

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  18. Manuka honey in the chilli sauce? I think this is genius!

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