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Carolina Chili Sauce

Carolina Chili Sauce

  • Author: María
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x


Another regional thang. 



  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 C water
  • 1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp dark brown sugar
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce 
  • 1 tbsp yellow mustard 
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp dark chili powder
  • 1 tsp seasoned salt
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp celery salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder

Optional Thickening Slurry:

  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 2 tsp cold water


  1. Start by placing a medium saucepan or saute pan over medium heat. Add your ground beef and onions, using a wooden spoon or potato masher to break the beef up into small pieces – as small as you can – and cook until the beef is completely browned.
  2. Stir in all of the dry seasonings (not the sugar!), then pour in your tomato sauce. 
  3. Pour the cup of water into the tomato sauce can and shake it a bit. Pour that into the pot and stir to combine. 
  4. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low. Stir in all of the remaining ingredients except the cold water and cornstarch. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally for 20 minutes. 
  5. After 20 minutes if the sauce isn’t thick enough for you, combine the cold water and cornstarch to make a slurry, then stir that into the sauce. Cook for another 5-10 minutes. Dassit! 
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