Sunday 23 December 2012

Let's make 'Hot Sauce'! (Recipe)

So my Nephew came round yesterday...He has been in the lounge for a while and I am in the kitchen when he comes in and quite randomly says, 'Tanya let's make Hot Sauce'. My Nephew is 18 and likes to come out with these random things from time to time. Anyway he said he had looked and I have the ingredients handy so I set about looking for a recipe which is simple and quick and I found the perfect one so we set to it.

The ingredients were simple;


1 cup of dried peppers
10 cloves of garlic
2 tspns salt
2 tspns cumin powder
1/8 cup of lemon juice.

Luckily I had a good garlic harvest this year so I had this in abundance, I always have some lemon juice handy in the fridge and I always string and dry my peppers at the end of the season so they were ready and waiting to be used.

I don't know which chilli peppers I used as I can't remember what I grew but is knew that they were hot. The Method was very simple.


Put chillis in a saucepan with enough water to cover, bring to the boil and simmer for 10 minutes then let sit for 1 hour.

Drain chillis and add them along with the cumin powder, salt and garlic to a food processor/blender and blitz. ( I first tried the food processor here but found it didn't grind the seeds at all so then switched to my magic bullet which worked a treat!)
Slowly add lemon juice and continue to blend, add ,ore lemon juice as necessary to reach your required consistency. (I added quite a lot of extra lemon juice, but it is really personal preference).

And that's all there is to it.
This recipe made 220ml of sauce.
Very quick and simple with minimal washing and cleaning up.
The sauce should be kept in the fridge in an airtight container and will keep for months.
Apparently it improves with age.

Now we tried some of this sauce and it isn't to be taken is VERY hot, you could use milder chillis if you wanted to.

We put some sparingly onto our chicken burgers at tea and it tasted great, I also think it would be great added to cooking for a little depth and my nephew thinks it would make a great base for pizzas.

So there you have it. Something quick and simple to add to your Christmas festivities!!

Give it a try!


  1. At the moment hot sauce is off the menu for Martyn but love the randomness of your day.

    1. Why is hot sauce off the menu for Martyn Sue??

      As for the randomness of my day, it's how most of them go...It's what keeps me occupied!!

    2. On doctor's orders he can only have cold food until an appointment at the hospital on 31 December! I think hot and spicy would cause the same problem as hot cooked food!

    3. Very possibly Sue...Not great for a Christmas dinner is it...are you celebrating later???

      Hope it al goes well for him. x

    4. He has Christmas Eve and Christmas morning in hospital and spicy food is definitely off the menu for at least another week.

      We're hoping for a Christmas dinner for the New Year (well our version)but we're not counting our chickens just yet,

    5. Fingers crossed for you both Sue. Hope despite everything you managed to get some enjoyment out of the holiday. x

  2. I've never care for really hot stuff but I bet my husband would like this

    1. Just a little added to something makes it go a very long way Ann.

  3. oh yum!!! Oi have never even seen a recipe for hot sauce..but we like ou foods spicy...thanks of this..and Merry christmas!

    1. If you like it spicy then it's definitely the way to go....we made a pizza last night and spread a little on the was very good!!

      Merry Christmas to you too.

  4. Merry Christmas, Tanya. Hope you have a great holiday season.


keep it clean...keep it relevant...I look forward to reading your comments!!