This homemade hot sauce makes good use of the bountiful tomatoes, onions and peppers in your garden or farmers' market. Adjust the heat to your preference: in our tests, two habaneros yielded a pleasantly spicy sauce without excessive heat--take it up a notch for spicy-food fans by adding extra hot peppers.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, September/October 2008


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  • Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion, chile peppers, habaneros to taste and garlic and cook, stirring, until the onion is soft and beginning to brown, 3 to 4 minutes.

  • Reduce heat to medium. Add tomatoes, vinegar, salt and sugar to taste. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the tomatoes begin to break down, about 5 minutes.

  • Carefully transfer the tomato mixture to a food processor or blender. Puree until smooth. (Use caution when pureeing hot ingredients.) Set a fine-mesh sieve over a medium bowl; pour the pureed mixture through the sieve, pushing on the solids with a wooden spoon to extract all the liquid. (Discard solids.) Let the sauce cool to room temperature, about 1 1/2 hours.


Tip: The membranes that hold the seeds are the spiciest part of chile peppers (that's where the capsaicin is). The seeds pick up some spiciness by association. You can customize the heat of salsa or hot sauce by using some or all of the seeds along with the flesh of the pepper and tasting as you go. Be sure to wash your hands thoroughly after chopping hot peppers or wear rubber gloves.

To make ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 1 month or freeze in an airtight container for up to 6 months.

Nutrition Facts

12 calories; protein 0.2g; carbohydrates 1.3g; dietary fiber 0.3g; sugars 0.7g; fat 0.7g; saturated fat 0.1g; vitamin a iu 126.8IU; vitamin c 9.9mg; folate 2.7mcg; calcium 3.3mg; iron 0.1mg; magnesium 2mg; potassium 36.8mg; sodium 110mg.

Reviews (11)

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11 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 1
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 4 stars
What is the shelf life on this reciepe? Lo Bergen County NJ Read More
Rating: 3 stars
meh. i used 1 carolina reaper 2 chilis and 3 habaneros. good spice but way too tomato-y. tastes more like spicy tomato juice than hot sauce. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I used jalapenos and Serrano peppers. Next time I'll add more salt and sugar but I loved it. Really easy to make. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
Followed measurements listed but smoked the jalapeño and added 1/2 lb tomatillos. Subbed honey for the sugar. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Prepared as directed the hot sauce was a little too bland for my taste but it was fun and simple to prepare. Dasher Covington KY Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Was great but i used some different peppers i used 5 large hungarian wax peppers and only one place of the 2 chile peppers and 4 habanero's was fantastic i also used a touch more garlic and salt than the recipe called for i also used a aplle cidar vinagar was a mild zesty wonderfull hot sauce thank you for the recipe Rodger ravenswood WV Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Very easy to make with delicious results. I modified the recipe adding a local variety of hot pepper (rocoto) and more common chili peppers with seeds. The result is excellent. Read More
Rating: 1 stars
bland unbalanced amounts are off Sweet savory salt heat balance way off. Something got lost in the translation as 1 cup vinegar was way too much. Sour!!!! Needed more savory (garlic) more salt and way more sugar to balance out the vinegar. Only use a tablespoon of vinegar at most. Pros: good mix of ingredients Cons: wrong amounts Read More
Rating: 3 stars
OK so i would have to agree that it was bland. So i mixed it up afterwards... I used 1 green jalapeno pepper 3 chipotle peppers and 2 pablano peppers. As suggested by other users i added more salt and sugar. It also came out a little more chunky than i thought (maybe i did something wrong idk..) So i added more vinegar and fresh lime juice. And it was bomb digity. I gave the recipe a 3 because i made it more of my own. I plan to dabble more and possibly make my own recipe hehehehe. Read More