5 oz. bottle of hot sauce
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Chipotle Hot Sauce

Here's a super easy recipe for some homemade Chipotle Hot Sauce. It's a smoky, fiery delight and you'll only need a few drops to spice up your life!  (Note:  these instructions are not meant for long term canning or preserving.)
Prep Time20 mins
Servings: 24
Calories: 4kcal
Author: Patrick Calhoun | Mexican Please


  • 7-8 chipotles in adobo
  • 1/4 small onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • juice of 1/2 orange
  • 1/3 cup white vinegar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • pinch of salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon Mexican oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar (optional)
  • olive oil


  • Peel and roughly chop 1/4 small onion.  Saute the onion in some oil along with a peeled, roughly chopped garlic clove.  Giving it 5-7 minutes over medium heat will sweeten up the onion and bring out some additional flavors. 
  • De-stem and de-seed 7-8 chipotles in adobo.  I usually cut off the stems and then make a slit lengthwise on the chipotles, then peeling them open and discarding the inner veins and seeds.  It's not crucial to get rid of all the seeds but I usually discard most of them. 
  • Add the chipotles to a blender or food processor along with the onion-garlic mixture and 1/3 cup white vinegar, 1/3 cup water, the juice of 1/2 orange, a pinch of salt, 1/4 teaspoon cumin, and 3/4 teaspoon Mexican oregano.  Blend until completely liquefied. 
  • Take a taste for sweetness.  You can optionally add 1/4 teaspoon of sugar at this point (or more) but I did not add any additional sweetness to this batch.  If you started with less chipotles you can always add more at this point if you want additional heat. 
  • Pour hot sauce into a 5 oz. bottle (I find it easiest to use a small funnel).  Store in the fridge where it will keep for about a month.   


Don't have Mexican oregano?  You can just omit it and still get a good result, but here's the skinny on Mexican oregano and why you should get some. 
This recipe will make 1 cup of hot sauce that will fill a 5 oz. bottle (standard sized).
More info on working with chipotles in adobo. 


Calories: 4kcal | Sodium: 55mg | Potassium: 1mg | Vitamin A: 220IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 0.1mg