Basic Jalapeño Hot Sauce

| Last Updated: August 17, 2019 | , ,

Here’s an excellent basic jalapeño hot sauce recipe that is a good beginning sauce for some culinary experimentation. It’s not overly hot (jalapeños are a mild-medium chili  by nature), so it’s a good one to make to spice up a summer family party or a Cinco de Mayo celebration. Keep some handy in the fridge to add a splash of heat to any meal! 

When it comes to experimenting, try layering in some hotter chilies (like a habanero or two) or even throw in a little sugar to cut down on the vinegar tang.

Want something hotter out the gate? Try our basic habanero hot sauce.

Basic Jalapeno Hot Sauce

Basic Jalapeño Hot Sauce

A delicious, medium-heat hot sauce – great for experimentation
4.2 from 60 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Servings 30 servings
Calories 6 kcal


  • 20 jalapeño peppers sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup minced onion
  • 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt


  • Saute the oil, jalapeño peppers, onions, garlic, and salt in a sauce pan over high hight for 4 minutes.
  • Pour water into the mix and cook, stirring often, for 20 minutes.
  • Take pan off heat and let the mixture cool down to room temperature.
  • Puree the mix in a food processor until it’s completely smooth.
  • Keep the processor running and add in the distilled white vinegar until completely mixed.
  • Place into a jar or bottle.



Hot sauces will keep for many months (6 months +). It’s best to refrigerate the hot sauce to help preserve it and keep its flavors intact.


Calories: 6kcalSodium: 59mgPotassium: 28mgVitamin A: 100IUVitamin C: 11.4mgCalcium: 3mg
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