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Homemade Chili Hot Sauce Recipe

Turn up the heat with our homemade chili hot sauce – a fiery blend of spices, apple cider vinegar and chili peppers!

 

Turn up the heat with our homemade chili hot sauce

Lately, we’ve developed a bit of an addiction. The more chilis we consume, the more chilis we need to consume. Our heat tolerance has gone up significantly and the feel-good feeling after eating something spicy, is so worth it. We are unable to resist the mouth-burning deliciousness of chili and apparently it is a thing! It turns out that chili isn’t just good for our taste buds, it is good for our moods as well. Eating chilis releases endorphins and dopamine, hormones that are related to happiness and pleasure. A feeling of a runners high. If you feel like you’re addicted to chili, you probably are.

Needless to say, we recently found ourself with an abundance of chilis. Cayenne chilis, bird’s eye chilis, habanero chilis and red thai chilis!

There was nothing to do with them, except EVERYTHING! So, we tried our hand at experimenting with a few chili hot sauce recipes. Adding a bit of this and removing a bit of that. And I think we have found a winning recipe.

For those who love some extra heat in their cooking, a homemade chili hot sauce is an essential staple. From tacos and soups to stews and even grilled cheese sandwiches, this versatile condiment can take any dish up a notch. Plus, creating your own custom hot sauce recipe is easy – you control how mild or spicy it is! Make a delicious chili hot sauce to add some zing to your cooking!

Chili hot sauce in a bowl with peppers garlic and bay leaves

What are chili’s good for?

Chili peppers (Capsicum annuum) are the fruits of Capsicum pepper plants, notable for their hot flavor. They are members of the nightshade family, related to bell peppers and tomatoes.

  • Vitamin C. Chili peppers are very high in this powerful antioxidant, which is important for wound healing and immune function.
  • Vitamin B6. A family of B vitamins, B6 plays a role in energy metabolism.
  • Vitamin K1. Also known as phylloquinone, vitamin K1 is essential for blood clotting and healthy bones and kidneys.
  • Potassium. An essential dietary mineral that serves a variety of functions, potassium may reduce your risk of heart disease when consumed in adequate amounts.
  • Copper. Often lacking in the Western diet, copper is an essential trace element, important for strong bones and healthy neurons.
  • Vitamin A. Red chili peppers are high in beta carotene, which your body converts into vitamin A.

Chili hot sauce ingredients with habanero chilis

Here’s what you’ll need to make it:

  • Chilis – It creates the sauce’s HOT base. The Habaneros add a fruity dimension to the sauce.
  • Sweet peppers – Brings more sweetness to the sauce without having to add too much sugar.
  • Apple cider vinegar – The fruity flavour of the apples, brings out a lovely depth.
  • Olive oil – For richness. To bring out the flavours of the chilis.
  • Garlic – It makes the sauce savoury and delicious.
  • Ginger – It is all in the spice. For an extra spice kick.
  • Smoked Paprika – It adds earthy, peppery complexity.
  • And sea salt – To make all the flavors pop!

Chili hot sauce in a glass bottle with peppers

Pouring chili sauce into a bottel with a funnel

How to Make Hot Chili Sauce

This homemade chili hot sauce recipe is quick and easy to make! Here’s how it goes:

  • First, heat the oil in a pot over medium heat. Add the onions and cook for about 10 minutes stirring constantly.
  • Next, add the garlic, ginger and spice and cook for a minute or two.
  • Next, add the chilis and sweet peppers and cook for a few more minutes.
  • Next, add the apple cider vinegar, water & sugar. Add them all in and stir.
  • Then, simmer over low heat for 30 minutes
  • Blend in blender until all smooth and creamy.
  • And finally pour into jars or bottles. And enjoy!

Chili Hot sauce remove seeds on heart shaped wooden board

Grow your own chilis!

When de-seeding the chilis for the hot sauce, we throw the seeds into a pot in our garden and let it sit for a day or two to dry out nicely and then start watering every day a little. And before you know it, you have your own chili plants!

Chili plant growing in a pot

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Homemade chilli sauce! This is a real heat treat! Cayenne peppers, Red Thai chillies and Habenero chillies make up this SPICY chilli sauce. With a secret ingredient that will transform this sauce into your new favourite hot sauce.

Chili hot sauce in a glass bottle with peppers

Prep Time15 minsCook Time30 minsTotal Time45 mins

 75 g Cayenne chillies
 50 g Red Thai chillies
 50 g Habanero Chilies
 1 White onion
 3 Small red and orange peppers
 3 Garlic cloves
 1 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
 ½ cup Olive oil
 ½ cup Water
 ¾ cup Brown sugar
 3 Bay leaves
 2 tsp Smoked paprika
 1 tsp Ginger
 1 ½ tsp Sea salt (or to taste)

1

Prepare all your ingredients.

Chili hot sauce ingredients with habanero chilis

2

Cut it in half with a knife, length-wise. And remove the seeds with a spoon. If you like extra spice, you can leave the seeds! Be warned... it is HOT! I like to take the seeds out and planting them in my garden.

Chili hot sauce remove seeds

3

Roughly chop your onions, garlic, ginger, chilis & peppers.

Chili hot sauce ingredients chopped up

4

Add the oil to a pot and fry the onions for 3 -10 minutes. Add the garlic, ginger, chilis and peppers and spices and fry for 2 minutes longer. Add your vinegar, water & sugar and bring to a boil. Let it simmer on low heat for about 30 minutes. Once cooked and chilis are soft, remove from the pot and let it cool slightly.

Chili hot sauce in a bowl with peppers garlic and bay leaves

5

Add your chili mixture to a blender and blend it until smooth and creamy.

Blended chili hot sauce

6

Find a beautiful jar or bottle to put your sauce in. With a funnel, pour the sauce into the bottel. Make sure it is completely cooled when putting on the lid. Put it in the fridge and enjoy it on absolutely everything!

You can double the batch and keep in sterilised jars.

Pouring chili sauce into a bottel with a funnel

Ingredients

 75 g Cayenne chillies
 50 g Red Thai chillies
 50 g Habanero Chilies
 1 White onion
 3 Small red and orange peppers
 3 Garlic cloves
 1 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
 ½ cup Olive oil
 ½ cup Water
 ¾ cup Brown sugar
 3 Bay leaves
 2 tsp Smoked paprika
 1 tsp Ginger
 1 ½ tsp Sea salt (or to taste)

Directions

1

Prepare all your ingredients.

Chili hot sauce ingredients with habanero chilis

2

Cut it in half with a knife, length-wise. And remove the seeds with a spoon. If you like extra spice, you can leave the seeds! Be warned... it is HOT! I like to take the seeds out and planting them in my garden.

Chili hot sauce remove seeds

3

Roughly chop your onions, garlic, ginger, chilis & peppers.

Chili hot sauce ingredients chopped up

4

Add the oil to a pot and fry the onions for 3 -10 minutes. Add the garlic, ginger, chilis and peppers and spices and fry for 2 minutes longer. Add your vinegar, water & sugar and bring to a boil. Let it simmer on low heat for about 30 minutes. Once cooked and chilis are soft, remove from the pot and let it cool slightly.

Chili hot sauce in a bowl with peppers garlic and bay leaves

5

Add your chili mixture to a blender and blend it until smooth and creamy.

Blended chili hot sauce

6

Find a beautiful jar or bottle to put your sauce in. With a funnel, pour the sauce into the bottel. Make sure it is completely cooled when putting on the lid. Put it in the fridge and enjoy it on absolutely everything!

You can double the batch and keep in sterilised jars.

Pouring chili sauce into a bottel with a funnel

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6 Comments

  • Reply
    Debbie
    February 27, 2023 at 3:24 pm

    Great recipe, instructions, and pictures for making Chili Hot Sauce. My husband will move this! Thank you for sharing!

    • Reply
      Ginger
      March 30, 2024 at 12:44 pm

      How I love spicy food! So glad to have found this recipe as it is just what I was looking for!
      Thanks for this and for always including the health benefits too!

  • Reply
    Morgan
    February 27, 2023 at 3:35 pm

    I had no idea all the benefits to chilis! Very informative- my hubby loves spice so I have to give this a try!

  • Reply
    Jaz
    February 27, 2023 at 3:46 pm

    I’m definitely saving this for later! I love chili sauce and I’ve never made one quite like this.

  • Reply
    Briana | Next Destination Unknown
    February 27, 2023 at 3:52 pm

    Wow… I had no idea chili peppers had so many health benefits! I love learning the nutritional perks of ingredients. Thanks for sharing! This sauce sounds spicy but delish!

  • Reply
    Sam
    February 27, 2023 at 3:56 pm

    Oh my goodness, I can NOT wait to make this this summer when my peppers start going crazy again! This looks SO good. Saving for later!!

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