Hot Sauce Recipes

With this easy homemade hot sauce you may never have to buy hot sauce again! Well, that’s probably not true but you will get to enjoy the most delicious hot sauce, and one that tastes even better for having made it yourself!

Homemade hot sauce is a fun and delicious project to tackle when you have a bounty of hot peppers. You can use a variety of hot chilies to make your own hot sauce, and the combinations of peppers and seasonings you can use are endless!

The basic premise is to lightly ferment hot peppers before blending them into a sauce, similarly to making sauerkraut and the like, then mix them up with vinegar.

Most hot sauces have other seasonings like garlic, onion, and sometimes contain spices like cumin, coriander, or even mustard seeds.

But whether you want a clean heat where the fruity flavor of the peppers come through or a well seasoned hot sauce, this recipe is a great place to start and make your own!

hot sauce recipes

Easy Homemade Hot Sauce

hot sauce recipes

Homemade hot sauce is cheap and easy, and the results are fresh tasting and mouthwatering. It’s way better than store bought versions! This recipe can be adjusted if you have more or less peppers. If you have a scale keep around 2-3% of salt by weight, otherwise weigh your peppers when you buy them and adjust the salt based on the amount you have. Wear gloves when handling the hot peppers.

Prep: 10min

Total: 8D 10min


  • 226g (8oz) chili peppers, tops removed and coarsely chopped
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 6g (1 tsp) coarse kosher salt*
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar, white wine vinegar, or rice wine vinegar


  1. Add the peppers, garlic cloves, salt, and water in a food processor. Process until you reach the texture of a chunky salsa.
  2. Transfer to a clean glass container and cover with a cheesecloth. Leave on the counter at room temperature for 24-48 hours.
  3. After 1-2 days, stir in the apple cider vinegar. Leave on the counter, covered with a cheesecloth for 5-7 days (if you have time, go the full week!).
  4. After 1 week, transfer to a blender and purée until smooth. If it’s very thick add more water (and/or vinegar to taste) to thin. Optional: strain the sauce through a mesh strainer or cheesecloth lined strainer. Squeeze out all the juice from the remaining pulp. Straining will make a thinner sauce, so wait to thin the sauce if you are straining it.
  5. Transfer to a clean jar or hot sauce bottle and refrigerate. It will last for several months.
  6. Separation is normal, shake before use.

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What are the most common hot sauce ingredients?

What ingredients are common in hot sauce? Chili peppers of all varieties are the main ingredient in hot sauces providing their fiery flavor. Other common ingredients include vinegar, citrus fruits (lemons, limes, etc.), seasonings (e.g., garlic), salt, and other vegetables and fruits often pickled in the sauce.

What is the key to good hot sauce?

What’s the key to creating great hot sauce? Good chiles, strong vinegar, aromatics, and some salt.

How long will homemade hot sauce last?

A: Homemade hot sauce will have a shelf life of about 90 days in refrigeration assuming you have taken the right precautions. First and foremost you must sterilize everything you use to make and bottle your hot sauce.

Why is Louisiana hot sauce so good?

The main flavor is vinegar and peppers, so it’s very simple with no major depth of flavor. Louisiana Original Hot Sauce has a very small number of ingredients- Aged Peppers, Vinegar, and Salt. This mix of ingredients really creates a simple but tasty sauce you can use in a multitude of recipes.

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Among all the foods, pizza holds a special place in her heart, and she loves exploring different variations and toppings to create the perfect slice. Through her writing, Helen hopes to inspire others to get creative in the kitchen and share their love for food with the world.

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