Basic Jalapeño Hot Sauce

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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
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 30 servings
Calories: 6kcal


  • 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: 6kcal | Sodium: 59mg | Potassium: 28mg | Vitamin A: 100IU | Vitamin C: 11.4mg | Calcium: 3mg
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There needs to be a heat warning on this recipe along with a do not make indoors…lol. while cooking the jalepenos I started laughing a little but it was bad enough to wake up my mom with Alzheimer’s caughing and get her out of bed actually walking. We had to go outside and air put the house for a couple hours before we could return.

A local Mexican restaurant has a green sauce that they warn is hotter than the gates of hell. My brother says we found the recipe.

I will say though that it is easy and delicious.

Sue Lennick
Sue Lennick

Can I process this and seal it?


How many bottles does this make and can you freeze them?