Some Like it Hot Sauce

by Rachel on November 3, 2009

When I went to out to Zingerman’s on the night before the half-marathon, one of the amazing things I sampled was their homemade hot sauce. After having it, I knew I had to try making my own some time. I spicy food and I like hot sauce, but I don’t use it religiously. Still, I had a feeling I could fall in love with it if I made it from scratch!

And…yup! This recipe is adapted from one from the American Council on Exercise, which is actually my professional organization, so I figured that was perfect!


1 tbsp olive oil

1/2 cup onion, diced

1 medium poblano pepper, diced

1 habanero pepper, diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 can no-salt-added diced tomatoes

1/2 cup distilled white vinegar

1 and 1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp sugar

This is How We Do It

Combine the garlic, onions, and peppers.

Be careful when you’re chopping the peppers! Don’t let seeds slip in, because they are overly spicy. Also, that spice will stay on your hands so wash them carefully. Do not wipe your eyes — which you’ll be tempted to do, if chopping onions makes you cry. And do not finish this recipe and go give your boyfriend a Handy J — you will end up as one of the “most shameless” stories in Cosmo. Wash your hands thoroughly or wear rubber gloves (when chopping, not when HJ-ing).

Heat the oil in a pot and add the mixture; cook over high heat for about 5 minutes.

It will smell so good! Add the rest of the ingredients and reduce heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, for another 5 minutes.

Carefully transfer to a food processor and puree. Then bust out the sieve!

This was my first time using a fine-mesh sieve, and I loved it! I was amazed. When I started, the mixture was like chunky soup. But you just push it through the sieve with a wooden spoon, and suddenly, it’s hot sauce!

So amazing! It takes a little patience, and you have to keep tossing the solid parts along the way, but after about 10 minutes, it was done.

It makes about two cups. Let it cool down a bit, and then store it! I have been saving old jars lately, and this was a perfect time to recycle one.

I kept tasting along the way, and I’d think, “Hmmm, this doesn’t taste hot,” and then it would just hit me. Seriously, it sneaks up on you and I am just loving it!

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