Hot Sauce Recipe

by Merissa on October 20, 2014

in Recipes

Hot Sauce Recipe - Little House Living

Hot Sauce Recipe

Since I grew up in New Mexico, I didn't learn what hot sauce was until my early twenties.

That may seem a bit bizarre, but let me explain.  Where I live, the terms hot sauce and salsa are used interchangeably.   We put "hot sauce" on everything, and by hot sauce, I mean blended tomatoes, jalapenos, onions and seasoning... or what everyone else thinks of when they hear salsa.  

When I was a waitress in college, a customer asked for hot sauce and I showed up with a bowl of salsa.  He looked at me like I had lost my mind.  Another, brighter waitress than I, explained to me that hot sauce is a vinegar-based pepper sauce, like tabasco or cholula.

I have learned to love and appreciate hot sauce since then and have learned to make it from scratch, without too much effort or time.  Below is a quick and easy hot sauce recipe, which is not to be confused with a quick and easy salsa recipe.

Hot Sauce Recipe

Hot Sauce Recipe

(Makes about 1 cup of hot sauce)

What You Need:

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 8 fresno peppers
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • salt to taste

Remove the stems from the fresno peppers and dice.  For a milder hot sauce just discard the seeds.   Remove the stem and seeds from the red bell pepper and dice.   Peel and dice garlic cloves.

Warm olive oil over medium heat in a medium-sized pan.  Add diced peppers and cook until the peppers start to soften, about 10 minutes.  Add in garlic and stir until fragrant, about 1 minute.  Add in the water and let simmer until the water has evaporated, about 15 - 30 minutes.  Allow mixture to cool.

Hot Sauce Recipe

Transfer cooled pepper mix into a blender, then add apple cider vinegar and salt.  Blend well, until the hot sauce mix is smooth.   Store in a clean jar and refrigerate for up to a month.

What do you love a good hot sauce recipe on?


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1 Pamela October 20, 2014 at 6:10 pm

Thanks for this. We were just talking about making hot sauce. Maybe we will adapt your recipe and make our own “family label” hot sauce.
Nice tradition for us to start.


2 Elizabeth October 21, 2014 at 9:55 pm

I have never made my own hot sauce, but this looks good. Thank you for sharing!


3 Betty October 24, 2014 at 10:43 am

Since I really don’t like sweets, but love savory dishes, I love hot sauce on just about everything! Thanks for the recipe!


4 Bernaditta Lilia C. Sobere October 25, 2014 at 4:42 pm

Thanks for the recipe. What is the other term or another name for fresno pepper? We have here chili peppers, they are small red peppers and taste hot. Are they the same with fresno pepper?
Red bell peppers are available here in our place.


5 Andrea October 26, 2014 at 12:18 pm

Hi Bernaditta,

I am not familiar with any other name that this pepper goes by, but this recipe can really be adapted to use with different types of peppers. You just want to check the scoville scale level for the pepper you choose, to make sure it isn’t too hot for your tastes.

I know the fresno pepper is similar to the jalapeno, and has a similar heat level, so that may be a good substitute. Of course, you’ll come up with a different color, but it should still taste good!

Hope that helps,


6 Jill @ Called To Be A Mom October 29, 2014 at 10:14 pm

What a great recipe. I will have to try making my own hot sauce. I never have tried this but it should be on my “to do” list. Thanks for linking at Pintastic Pinteresting Party.


7 [email protected] November 2, 2014 at 12:02 am

Living in the Southwest, my family loves hot sauce! Thank you so much for sharing your recipe at the Merry Monday Link Party! I’ll have to give it a try!


8 Lori January 9, 2016 at 6:50 am

I make a hot sauce also, however, it is different than this one. I will definitely have to try this one, I love hot sauce on eggs/omelets, sandwiches, tacos, burritos, breakfast scrambles, the list goes on and on!! Thank you for the recipe.


9 Karen January 10, 2016 at 5:54 pm

Love that salsa and hot sauce are interchangeable for you. Thanks for sharing on Let’s Get Real


10 Jessy @ The Life Jolie January 13, 2016 at 10:00 am

Sounds delicious- I’ve only ever made a meat hot sauce that is regional. Can’t wait to try this- pinning!


11 Erica Schmidt January 3, 2017 at 10:58 pm

Thank you so much for sharing this! I don’t use hot sauce often, but do need it sometimes for certain recipes. I really dislike buying store-bought sauces because of the sodium and preservatives, and try to make my own whenever I can. I will definitely be using this next time I need some hot sauce, pinning for later!


12 Patty January 4, 2017 at 5:37 am

I may have to make this. Hubby is obsessed with hot sauce! Thanks for posting it to the wonderful Wednesday link party.


13 Miz Helen January 9, 2017 at 11:58 am

Thanks so much for sharing this awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday. Have a great week and hope to see you again real soon!
Miz Helen


14 Donella January 9, 2017 at 9:13 pm

My husband LOVES hot sauce in his beans. 🙂 This sounds like a tasty version! Thanks so much for sharing it with us.


15 Barbara April 7, 2017 at 11:02 am

I love hot sauce. Can this be canned ? I would love to know how long to process if possible to can.


16 Merissa April 7, 2017 at 6:23 pm

It’s possible but you would need to bring the recipe to your local extension office to get safe times/temps/pressure instructions for your area.


17 ColleenB.~Texas April 7, 2017 at 3:08 pm

You think I would be able to freeze this?


18 Merissa April 7, 2017 at 6:21 pm

You should be able to but it might separate a bit after thawing.


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