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a corked bottle of jalapeño hot sauce

Jalapeño Hot Sauce

  • Author: Nicole Gaffney (
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1/2 pints 1x
  • Category: sauce
  • Method: blended
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Diet: Vegan


Learn how to make the best Jalapeño Hot Sauce! This recipe is super easy, requires only 5 ingredients and tastes so much better than store-bought hot sauce. 


  • 1 pound jalapeño peppers* (see note)
  • 2 large cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons – 1/4 cup white vinegar, to taste
  • 1/4 cup water


  1. Remove the stems from the jalapeños and slice each in half lengthwise. Use a spoon to remove the seeds for less heat if desired *(see note).
  2. Add jalapeños to a blender along with the garlic, salt, 2 tablespoons vinegar and water.
  3. Blend on high until totally smooth. This may take several minutes depending on your blender. Taste and add more salt and/or vinegar if desired.
  4. Transfer hot sauce to a jar and refrigerate for up to 2 months. 
  5. If desired, you can ferment the hot sauce by leaving the jar out at room temperature, covered, for about a day. This will give it a deeper, more interesting flavor. Refrigerate after fermenting.
  6. You can also cook the hot sauce for a milder, more mellow flavor. Pour the mixture into a sauce pan and cook, stirring constantly, over medium heat until the color changes to a deeper, duller green; about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool before transferring to a jar.
  7. All three methods produce excellent results. Experiment with them until you find what flavor works best for you!


  • Check the heat of your chiles by cutting one open and tasting a small piece. If they are very hot it’s recommended you remove the seeds and ribs. If the heat is on the more mild side, leave them whole.

Keywords: spicy, condiment, tacos