Basic Habanero Hot Sauce

Looking for a little more zip in your homemade hot sauce?

You’ve come to the right place with this basic habanero hot sauce recipe. These chilies pack a significant punch, so proceed with care. But for those that can handle the heat, you have a very tasty sauce here. Carrots and onions are the base ingredients, providing a delicious earthy sweetness paired against the bold spiciness and natural sweetness of habanero. But there’s a nice touch of tang here with the lime juice (and of course the vinegar).

And even better – it’s super simple to make and takes little time at all to pull together. All-in, we’re talking 30 minutes from start to finish. It’s a terrific staple sauce to have around the house for when your taste buds are craving something more

Looking for something milder than this basic habanero hot sauce? We have many options among our spicy recipes. Check out this jalapeño hot sauce, for one. Jalapeños are a major step down in heat than the hab, while still being plenty spicy for most. Or if you want a simpler “dasher-style” option, be sure to save this recipe for our homemade Louisiana hot sauce. It’s just three ingredients, but oh so good.

basic habanero hot sauce

Basic Habanero Hot Sauce Recipe

Bold flavor, yet easy to make!
3.67 from 9 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Servings 30 servings
Calories 4 kcal


  • 5 habanero peppers minced
  • 1 carrot minced
  • 1 yellow onion finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon water


  • Heat the olive oil in a sauce pan and sauté the minced carrots for five minutes.
  • Add the garlic and onions to the carrots, and sauté until the vegetables are soft (about five minutes).
  • Place the sautéd vegetables in a food processor, along with the water and habanero peppers. Process the ingredients until smooth.
  • Add the lime juice and white vinegar. Pulse two to three times to combine the ingredients.
  • Pour the sauce back into the sauce pan over low heat. Let the sauce simmer for five minutes.
  • Take sauce pan off the heat and let the sauce cool to room temperature.
  • Bottle and refrigerate.


Calories: 4kcalSodium: 1mgPotassium: 17mgVitamin A: 355IUVitamin C: 3.1mgCalcium: 2mg


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UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on July 22, 2020 to include new content. It was originally published on June 16, 2014.