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How to Make Chipotle Apricot Sauce; Canning

Updated: Oct 25, 2023

The mild fruity taste of apricots makes for a fabulous base for this sweet, tangy, spicy, and smoky Chipotle Apricot Sauce. The chipotle pepper powder has that smoky spice to it enhancing the pleasing flavor of the apricots. I love to eat it on cooked chicken, white fish or use it as a marinade. This sauce is a lovely, flavorful addition to our family’s meal.

Marie and Emmaline standing behind a batch of chipotle apricot sauce.

Chipotle Apricot Sauce

Ingredients Needed to Make Chipotle Apricot Sauce:

Makes: 6 half-pint jars

  • 5 Cups of Pitted Apricots

  • 1 Cup of Water

  • ¼ Cup Finely Chopped Onion

  • 2 Large Cloves Garlic (minced or crushed)

  • The peel of 1 Lemon grated or zested

  • 1 Cup Sugar

  • 1 Tsp Cumin

  • 1 Tsp Chipotle Pepper Powder

  • ½ Tsp Salt

  • ½ Tsp Coarsely Ground White Peppercorns

  • 1 ½ cups white wine vinegar


Prepare your water bath canner by filling it about halfway full with water and place it on the stove on medium heat.

Place your jars in the oven to heat up at 250 degrees Fahrenheit.

Wash whole apricots under cold running water; drain. Cut apricots in half lengthwise. Remove pits. Chop apricots to measure 5 cups.

Peel and finely chop the onion; measure ¼ cup chopped onion.

Peel garlic and mince.

Cook Sauce:

Preparing all of the ingredients to make chipotle apricot sauce.

add water

Add 1 cup water to a saucepan.

Marie and Emmaline halving and pitting the apricots.

Add apricots

Combine chopped apricots.

Add garlic, lemon zest, and onions to the apricots and cook until softened.

Add garlic, zest, and onions

Next, add the onion, lemon zest, and garlic to the saucepan.

Cook the apricot mixture until the apricots and onions are tender.

Cook until tender

Cook over medium-high heat until apricots and onions are tender.

Puree the apricot mixture using an immersion blender.


Puree apricot mixture using an immersion blender.

Add the remaining of the ingredients to your apricot mixture.

Add remaining ingredients

Add all remaining ingredients to the apricot puree.

Bring the chipotle apricot sauce to a boil.

Bring to boil

Bring mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring to prevent sticking.

Fill Jars with the Chipotle Apricot Sauce:

Ladle hot sauce into a hot jar, leaving ½ -inch headspace. Remove air bubbles. Clean the jar rim. Center the lid on the jar and adjust the band to finger-tip tight. Repeat this process until all of your jars are full.

Fill and process jars of chipotle apricot sauce.

Can in Half-Pints

Process the Jars of Chipotle Apricot Sauce:

Place the filled jars into the water bath canner. Make sure the water covers the jars by at least 1 to 2 inches. Adjust heat to medium-high, cover the water canner and bring water to a rolling boil. Process half-pint jars for 10 minutes. Adjusting processing time for your altitude.

Once the jars of hot sauce are done processing turn off the heat and remove the cover. Remove the jars from the water bath and place them spaced out on a towel on the counter. Cool 12 to 24 hours. Check seals. Label and store jars.

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