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
- 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).
- Add jalapeños to a blender along with the garlic, salt, 2 tablespoons vinegar and water.
- 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.
- Transfer hot sauce to a jar and refrigerate for up to 2 months.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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