Photo: Stephen Devries; Styling: Lindsey Lower
Hands-on Time
5 Mins
Total Time
40 Mins
Yield
Serves 16 (serving size: 1 tablespoon)

It's so easy to make your own hot sauce: Just lightly cook chiles in seasonings, and blend. That's all there is to it. And don't get us wrong--we love the bottled stuff, too.

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine chiles, garlic, sugar, salt, and vinegar in a small saucepan. Cover and heat gently, as if to steep, over very low heat for 30 minutes.

Step 2

Add chile mixture and 1/4 cup hot water to a blender. Remove center piece of blender lid (to allow steam to escape); secure blender lid on blender. Place a clean towel over opening in blender lid (to avoid splatters). Blend until smooth, adding more hot water if necessary.

Step 3

Store in refrigerator in an airtight container for 7 to 10 days. If sauce separates, give it a good stir or shake.

Step 4

VARIATION

Step 5

Fiery Hot Green "Sriracha": Nothing like the real thing, but searingly spicy and tangier. Preheat broiler to high. Place 8 ounces whole jalapeƱos and 1 (1/2-inch-thick) onion slice on a baking sheet; coat with cooking spray. Broil 5 minutes; turn vegetables. Add 4 garlic cloves; broil 5 minutes. Wrap mixture tightly in foil. Let stand 20 minutes. Peel and seed peppers. Place peppers, onion, garlic, 1/4 cup fresh lime juice, 1/4 cup water, 2 tablespoons sugar, and 3/4 teaspoon salt in a blender; process until smooth.

Step 6

SERVES 16 (serving size: 1 tablespoon)

Step 7

CALORIES 14; FAT 1g (sat 0g); SODIUM 111mg

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