Homemade Hot Sauce Recipe

Homemade Hot Sauce Recipe

The other day, I was browsing cookbooks at the local book store. I stumbled upon Alana Chernila’s cookbook, “Homemade Pantry:  101 Foods You Can Stop Buying and Start Making” – and I couldn’t put it down.

This book is full of creative recipes and inspiring ideas to make homemade versions of everyday food items. Everything from ketchup to jam to crackers to cream cheese.

Although it’s not always practical or feasible time-wise to make your own food from scratch, it is something that is worth exploring.

Even if you replace one or two store-bought items with homemade ones, you’re likely to end up with a cheaper end product that’s healthier for you and your family.

How To Use This Hot Sauce

I’m a bit of a hot sauce freak: I made a batch of this sauce just the other day, and I’m almost out already. I’ve used this hot pepper sauce on an egg and potato frittata, on pizza, and even as a spicy pita chip dip.

Use it just like you would use Tabasco sauce:

Before You Go


Homemade Hot Sauce
Yield: 1.5 cups

Homemade Hot Sauce

You can use any blend of hot peppers: jalapeños, red Fresnos, habaneros, etc. I used a mix of small and large chili peppers to balance out the heat. As a rule of thumb, the smaller the pepper, the hotter. Please note: Your hot sauce may turn out a different color than mine depending on the type of peppers you use. Include a few red-colored peppers if you want a sauce that looks like the one shown above.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 1 pound mixed hot peppers
  • 1 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice (from 1/2 lime)
  • 2 tablespoons honey


  1. Before you start: Be sure to wear gloves when handling hot peppers! You have been warned.
  2. Preheat oven to 450F. Rinse, dry, and place hot peppers on a large baking sheet. Bake for approximately 5 to 7 minutes, turning peppers once or twice to ensure even roasting. Once the skin on the peppers has begun to char and blacken, remove them from oven, place in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let the peppers sit for about 15 minutes. Wearing protective gloves, peel the skin off of the peppers and remove as many seeds as possible.
  3. Place peppers, vinegar, salt, lime juice, and honey in a food processor. Pulse until smooth. Store refrigerated for up to one month.

Recipe adapted from The Homemade Pantry: 101 Foods You Can Stop Buying and Start Making by Alana Chernila

5 Responses to “Homemade Hot Sauce Recipe”

  1. 1

    Eileen — August 21, 2012 @ 6:16 pm

    Homemade hot sauce definitely sounds like a great plan–especially with the glut of hot peppers starting to show up at the market. I wish my jalapeno plant were big & prolific enough for me to make green hot sauce!

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    Alyssa (Everyday Maven) — August 21, 2012 @ 8:35 pm

    This is such a smart idea. We go through SO MUCH hot sauce around here. Thanks 🙂

  3. 3

    Beth — August 22, 2012 @ 2:02 am

    I love this idea. I have a bunch of fresno peppers ready to harvest this weekend and now I know what to do with them. I’m going to have to check out that book and see what other goodies i can make!

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    Cakewhiz — August 23, 2012 @ 4:41 pm

    Homemade versions of everyday items always taste so much better! I usually make my own pasta sauce but never knew i could make my own hot sauce too. And the best part, i already have all the ingredients at home 😀

    • Haley replied: — August 27th, 2012 @ 3:38 am

      Perfect! This is definitely the time of year to get creative with ways to use an abundance of fresh produce.

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