Hot Pepper Vinegar

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Have extra hot peppers sitting around?

Hot pepper vinegar is easy to make and looks beautiful in the kitchen. And, best of all, it lasts a long time. It’s a southern dining table staple, often found next to salt and pepper and providing a mellow spice to many a meal.

Hot pepper vinegar is the simplest form of hot sauce, just peppers and vinegar (with a few simple extras). So you can enjoy it on any dish that could use a dab of heat. It’s also terrific with salad greens, both raw and wilted, and let’s just say it’s killer on french fries. Any skinny chili pepper will work, but we think serranos are the perfect heat and shape.

This is the perfect recipe to use up those extra chili peppers left over from harvest. If that’s the case, be sure to also check out our jalapeño infused olive oil which is another great “extra pepper” recipe.

Hot pepper vinegar

Hot Pepper Vinegar

Hot sauce in its simplest form
4.1 from 11 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Condiment
Servings 16 servings
Calories 3 kcal


  • Serrano peppers at least a dozen, a mix of red and green look best
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar


  • Cut the end and the tip off of the serrano peppers and place them in a clean sauce bottle. Tamp down the peppers slightly and fill up the bottle about 1/2 with peppers.
  • Mix the vinegars and bring them to a boil.
  • Slowly pour the vinegar into the bottle using a funnel. Fill the bottle up to an inch of the top and seal the top with a cap or cork.
  • Let the bottle sit at room temperature for a minimum of one week before using, but three weeks is recommended for optimal heat.



Feel free to use different hot peppers to vary the heat. Habaneros work very well for a major heat bump.


Calories: 3kcalPotassium: 5mg
Keyword Serrano Pepper
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Matt Bray

Matt Bray

Chief Chilihead at Cindermint
Founder of PepperScale and Cindermint LLC. Sucker for a good scotch bonnet. Spicy food super-fan. Current fiery fascination: Datil hot sauces.


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