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Sweet Chili Sauce

This homemade sweet chili sauce recipe is easy to put together and so tasty! It’s sweet and spicy and you will love to dip everything in it from french fries to chicken kabobs, and you can also make it thinner to pour over stir fry!

We used sambal oelek for this dish. It is an Asian staple made from ground red chile peppers in a vinegar sauce. We have grown to love it ever since using it in a General Tso’s Chicken recipe (which I will share soon) last year. I think it’s the perfect pepper source for this sauce. I have heard that you can find this at some bigger grocery stores and at Asian groceries, but we just buy ours on Amazon. It’s not too expensive and very easy to find without driving around.

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Sweet Chili Sauce
  1. Pour 3/4 cup water and all of the vinegar into a saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. (Remaining water will be used later to mix with the cornstarch.)
  2. Stir in sugar, ginger, garlic, and ketchup; simmer for 5 minutes.
  3. Stir sambal oelek or chile peppers into the sauce.
  4. Mix cornstarch and remaining 1/4 cup water until they form a slurry. Add this to the saucepan a little at a time until the sauce is the thickness you desire. (We use all of it so that the finished sauce is like a dip, but if you want a sauce you can pour, you would use less.) Stir until blended.
  5. Pour sauce into a bowl. Cover and refrigerate until needed, at least an hour.
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