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Here's an easy recipe for a batch of homemade Jalapeno Hot Sauce. It uses a pound of jalapenos so consider yourself warned! mexicanplease.com
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Jalapeno Hot Sauce

Here's an easy recipe for a batch of homemade Jalapeno Hot Sauce.  It uses a pound of jalapenos so consider yourself warned!  Note: instructions not designed for canning or long term preserving.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 48
Calories: 202kcal
Author: Mexican Please


  • 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. 


It's best to use a non-reactive pan for this recipe -- I've mistakenly used my cast iron pan in the past and the acidity will eat away some of the pan's seasoning.
More info on the best chile peppers to use for hot sauce.
I recently made a batch using Serranos instead of Jalapenos:   Serrano Hot Sauce


Calories: 202kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1190mg | Potassium: 1259mg | Fiber: 15g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 4925IU | Vitamin C: 544mg | Calcium: 126mg | Iron: 2mg