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
(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.
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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