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How to Make a Hot Sauce from Peppers

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Making your hot sauce from homegrown peppers is a great way to utilize your garden’s bounty and create a unique, flavorful condiment that you can customize to your taste preferences. In this recipe, we’ll show you how to make homemade hot sauce from homegrown peppers.


  • 2 cups chopped peppers (such as jalapeño, habanero, or Thai chilies)
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar (optional)


  1. Start by selecting your peppers. Choose peppers that are fresh and have a consistent heat level. You can use a single type of pepper or a combination of peppers to create a unique flavor profile.
  2. Remove the stems from the peppers and chop them into small pieces. Wear gloves when handling hot peppers to avoid getting the oils on your skin.
  3. In a small saucepan, combine the chopped peppers, white vinegar, water, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and sugar (if using). Stir well to combine.
  4. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce the heat to low and let it simmer for 10-15 minutes. This will help the flavors meld together and thicken the sauce slightly.
  5. Remove the saucepan from the heat and let the mixture cool to room temperature.
  6. Once the sauce has cooled, transfer it to a blender or food processor and blend until the mixture is smooth. If the sauce is too thick, add a small amount of water to thin it out.
  7. Once the sauce is blended, transfer it to a clean glass jar or bottle with a tight-fitting lid. Store the sauce in the refrigerator until you’re ready to use it.

Customizing Your Homemade Hot Sauce:

  • Adjusting Heat Level: If you want your hot sauce to be milder, use fewer hot peppers or remove the seeds and membranes from the peppers. If you want it to be hotter, use more peppers or include hotter varieties such as habaneros or Thai chilies.
  • Adjusting Flavor: You can experiment with different spices and flavorings to create a unique flavor profile. Try adding cumin, paprika, or oregano for a more complex taste.
  • Adding Fruit or Vegetables: To add some sweetness or texture to your sauce, you can include fruit such as mango or pineapple, or vegetables such as roasted red peppers. Chop them finely and add them to the sauce during step 3.

Serving Suggestions:

Homemade hot sauce is a versatile condiment that can add some heat to a wide variety of dishes. Here are some ideas for how to use it:

  • Drizzle it over tacos, burritos, or nachos.
  • Use it as a dipping sauce for chicken wings, fries, or vegetables.
  • Mix it with mayonnaise to create a spicy aioli for sandwiches or burgers.
  • Use it as a marinade for chicken or steak before grilling or broiling.
  • Add it to soups or stews for an extra kick of flavor.
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