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How to Make Hot Sauce at Home - DIY Hot Sauce from Scratch

How to Make Hot Sauce at Home - DIY Hot Sauce from Scratch

Hot sauce lovers, rejoice! If you're tired of the same old store-bought hot sauces and want to add a little extra kick to your meals, we have the perfect solution for you: homemade hot sauce. Making your own hot sauce is not only fun and rewarding but also allows you to customize the heat level and flavor to suit your preferences. In this blog post, we'll guide you through a quick and easy recipe to make your very own hot sauce that'll have your taste buds dancing with delight.


  1. 12-15 fresh hot chili peppers (choose your favorite variety or mix them for a unique flavor)
  2. 3 cloves of garlic
  3. 1 medium-sized onion
  4. 1 cup distilled white vinegar
  5. 1 teaspoon salt
  6. 1 teaspoon sugar (optional, for a touch of sweetness)
  7. 1 tablespoon olive oil (optional, for a smoother consistency)


  1. Cutting board and knife
  2. Medium-sized saucepan
  3. Blender or food processor
  4. Fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth
  5. Glass bottle or jar for storage

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Prepare the Ingredients:

    • Wash and chop the chili peppers, removing the stems. If you want a milder sauce, remove the seeds and membranes. Leave them in for extra heat.
    • Peel and chop the garlic cloves.
    • Peel and roughly chop the onion.

  2. Sauté the Aromatics:

    • Heat the olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat.
    • Add the chopped onion and garlic, and sauté until they become translucent and fragrant, which usually takes about 3-5 minutes.

  3. Combine Ingredients:

    • Add the chopped chili peppers to the saucepan and sauté for an additional 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
    • Pour in the white vinegar and add salt. If you prefer a slightly sweet note in your hot sauce, you can also add a teaspoon of sugar at this

  4. Simmer:

    • Bring the mixture to a gentle simmer, then reduce the heat to low and let it simmer for 10-15 minutes. This will soften the peppers and meld the flavors together.

  5. Blend:

    • Allow the mixture to cool slightly before transferring it to a blender or food processor.
    • Blend until you achieve a smooth and uniform consistency. Be cautious when blending hot ingredients; the steam can build pressure in the blender, so blend in short pulses if necessary.

  6. Strain:

    • To achieve a smooth hot sauce, strain the blended mixture through a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth into a bowl or another saucepan. Press down on the solids to extract as much liquid as possible.

  7. Bottle:

    • Pour your homemade hot sauce into a clean glass bottle or jar. Seal it tightly and let it cool completely before refrigerating.


Congratulations, you've just created your very own homemade hot sauce! This quick and easy recipe allows you to experiment with different chili pepper varieties, spice levels, and even additional flavorings like lime juice, herbs, or fruits to make a sauce that's truly your own. Use your homemade hot sauce to add a fiery kick to tacos, burritos, wings, eggs, and more. Enjoy your culinary adventure and the delicious heat you've just bottled up!

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