Wicked home-made hot sauceFor me, hot sauce conjures up street tacos, ice-cold Coronas with lime, and a hint of a runny nose. Maybe a tear or two.  You don’t have to make this from the hottest chiles you can find. But if you do, don’t say I didn’t warn you! I figure if I’m going to make it, I might as well make it hot.

Just a drop or two is enough for me, but The Hubs goes full-tilt bottle on this stuff. He recently referreed a hot wings eating contest at work, with the guys competing in a doofusly Man vs. Food kind of way. One of the contestants said that this sauce was hotter than anything he’d ever eaten. So there.

I adapted this recipe from Martha Stewart Living magazine.

Suitable for:
vegan, gluten-free, low-sodium, reduced-sugar diets

Not for:
migraine diets

What do you like hot sauce on? How hot can you stand it?

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Wicked home-made hot sauce

How to make wicked hot sauce

Make it as mild or as wicked as you like.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine American
Servings 8 ounces


  • 8 hot chiles (Habañero or similar)
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp agave syrup honey, brown rice syrup
  • 1 tsp sea salt (omit for low-sodium diets)
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar


  • Wearing gloves, wash the chiles and remove the stems. I leave the seeds and ribs in for maximum hotness. If you want less heat, remove the ribs and seeds and use less spicy peppers, like cayennes.
  • Put everything into a non-aluminum pot (aluminum or copper will react to the acid and make it taste terrible and metallic). Bring to a boil, then turn down to a simmer.
  • Cook for about 20 minutes, stirring a few times, until everything is tender. Let it cool.
  • Put in a blender and blend until super-smooth.
  • Pour into a freshly washed glass bottle and refrigerate. Lasts about six months.


Per 2 T. serving:
  • 20 calories
  • 0 g fat
  • 0 g saturated fat
  • 0 g monounsaturated fat
  • 0 g polyunsaturated fat
  • 0 g trans fat
  • 0 g cholesterol
  • 281 mg sodium (0 mg sodium with salt omitted)
  • 10 mg potassium
  • 5 g carbohydrate
  • 0 g fiber
  • 1 g sugars
  • 1 g protein
  • 3 Weight Watchers Points Plus