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How to Make a Green Jalapeno Hot Sauce

Updated on November 29, 2010

OK, this is a seriously easy recipe for a very tasty homemade green hot sauce, and when jalapenos are in season or on sale - you could probably make a quart of this stuff for what you’d pay for a single tiny serving of commercial hot sauce.

Although this is good with jalapenos, you can actually make this with any green hot chili, or even a mixture of different chilies. If jalapenos alone don’t make a hot enough sauce for you – you can try a mixture of jalapenos and a smaller amount of green Thai bird chilies or Serranos and so on…

Homemade Roasted Jalapeno Hot Sauce

This is more a technique than a recipe – so there are no quantity amounts listed here….just make as much as you want to use

  • Green chilies, such as jalapenos
  • Salt
  • Vinegar
  • Water
  1. The first thing you need to do is roast the jalapenos so that the skin blackens and can be peeled off, and there are a number of different ways that you can do this; to learn how to roast a hot pepper, go to: How to roast peppers and chilies
  2. Once your peppers have been roasted, cooled and once you’ve peeled off as much of the blackened skin as you can, toss the peppers, seeds and all into a blender and process into a thick mixture, adding enough plain white vinegar to the blender to keep things moving and looking reasonably sauce-like.
  3. Add in a generous amount of salt, taste, and salt again, until it tastes about right.
  4. Once smooth, transfer the mixture to a pot and bring it to a boil for a minute or two – and then transfer the whole lot to the fridge to age/mellow for about a week before using
  5. When ready to use, either use it thick as a table sauce/salsa in bowls, or dilute with a little water to get a more traditional hot-sauce consistency. If you dilute with water, you’ll probably need to add a little more salt again to correct the seasoning. Because I tend to make this in larger batches, I like to keep the bulk of it thick in the fridge and just mix up a little thinner sauce as I need it month by month - thus saving fridge space

Your thick sauce will keep for months and months and months in the fridge

Homemade hot sauce also makes a great gift for any spice lover you know


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      Dee Duckett 

      7 years ago

      Great, I'm going to make some. Thanks

    • MikeSyrSutton profile image


      7 years ago from An uncharted galaxy

      Awesome recipe. I hope to use it this year!


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