This Jalapeno Hot Sauce is still one of the most popular recipes on the site, have you made it yet?!
It's super easy to make and I love keeping some in the fridge for a quick blast of zippppp!
For any green hot sauce lovers out there.... please consider giving this one a go, you won't be disappointed!
How To Make Jalapeno Hot Sauce
This batch relies on a single pound of fresh Jalapeno peppers.
That turned out to be 11 of these medium-sized beauties:
We'll start by sweating 1/2 onion and 2 whole, peeled garlic cloves over medium heat in some oil.
Once the onion is starting to brown you can add:
1 teaspoon Mexican oregano What is Mexican Oregano?
1/4 teaspoon cumin (optional)
some freshly cracked black pepper
Briefly cook and then add:
the rinsed, de-stemmed jalapenos
3/4 cup white vinegar
1/2 cup water
1/2 teaspoon salt
Bring to a simmer and then add everything to a blender along with:
8-10 sprigs cilantro
the juice of 1 lime
And now give it a good whirl!
I usually leave it a bit chunky but you can always blend it thinner if you want.
Hello fireball Jalapeno Hot Sauce!
Give it a taste but keep in mind it has real zip, so maybe a small taste only 🙂
If all went according to plan then even the smallest of tastes should have:
Fiery sharpness from the jalapenos
Lip-smacking tang from the vinegar
Hint of sweetness from the browned onions
A bit of extra flavor and depth from the Mexican oregano
It's got a fresh, vibrant flavor that you won't get from store-bought hot sauces. Awesome 🙂
And with the amount of vinegar in each bottle it should keep for at least a month in the fridge. (Note: instructions not designed for long term canning or preserving.)
A pound of jalapenos will make enough hot sauce for three 5 oz. bottles.
For storage you can either save your old hot sauce bottles, buy some for a buck each on Amazon, or simply use a small Mason jar.
This Jalapeno Hot Sauce will work anywhere you employ your normal hot sauce, with a special nod to egg dishes. Like this Egg Breakfast with Jalapeno Sauce. That's definitely one way to wake up in the morning 🙂
And if you like the idea of making your own hot sauce on a regular basis then here are two other options on the site to consider:
Both of those are just as easy to make as this one. And yes, there is something quite satisfying about making a hot sauce that beats the pants off the watered down versions that have become the norm 🙂
Jalapeno Hot Sauce
- 1 lb. jalapeno peppers (approx. 10 jalapenos)
- 1/2 onion
- 2 garlic cloves
- 3/4 cup white vinegar
- 1/2 cup water
- juice of 1 lime
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon Mexican oregano
- 1/4 teaspoon cumin (optional)
- 8-10 cilantro sprigs
- freshly cracked black pepper
- Give the jalapenos a good rinse and de-stem them. Be sure to wash your hands after handling them. More info on handling hot chiles.
- Saute a roughly chopped 1/2 onion and 2 whole, peeled garlic cloves in a glug of oil over medium heat.
- Once the onion is browning you can add 1 teaspoon Mexican oregano, some freshly cracked black pepper, and 1/4 teaspoon cumin (optional). Briefly cook until fragrant and then add: the de-stemmed jalapenos, 3/4 cup white vinegar, 1/2 cup water, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Bring to a simmer and then add everything to a blender.
- Add 8-10 sprigs cilantro and the juice of 1 lime to the blender. Combine well or to your desired consistency. I usually leave it a bit chunky but you can always blend it thinner.
- Add mixture to three 5 oz. bottles or a small Mason jar. Store in the fridge where it will keep for at least a month.
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