Apple sweet, habanero heat…
Sweet and heat are a well-known perfect pairing. And it’s not just tropical sweetness that kills in hot sauce form – more northern fruits, like apples, work just as well! That delicious apple crisp sweetness is a perfect pairing with that extra-hot habanero heat (and their natural sweetness too). Apple habanero hot sauce is so good drizzled over chicken or pork. It’s a wicked chicken finger dipper or try it drizzled over salty foods like breakfast sausage or ham.
Like the idea of sweet heat? Check our honey habanero sauce as well. It pairs honey and pineapple with habanero, providing a rich sweetness, a subtle tang, and plenty of spiciness.
Apple Habanero Hot Sauce
- In a saucepan or pot over medium heat, heat the canola oil and sauté the onions and garlic until the onions are translucent (approximately 3 to 4 minutes).
- Add the apples and continue to sauté, stirring often, for 5 minutes.
- Add the habanero peppers, water, apple cider vinegar, sugar, and salt. Stir well and allow the mix to simmer, stirring occasionally, until the apples soften (approximately 15 to 20 minutes).
- Remove the sauce from the heat and pour it into a blender (or use an immersion blender if using a pot). Add the additional 2 cups of water and blend the sauce until smooth. Add additional salt to taste.
- Use immediately, or for best flavor refrigerate the sauce for 2 to 3 hours at minimum to allow the flavors to meld.
The hot sauce can keep for 3 to 4 weeks if placed into an airtight container and refrigerated. Want it less spicy? Reduce the amount of habanero peppers used. If no Fuji apples, any sweet apple will work here. Fuji apples are just a very good option given their natural sweetness.