10 Delicious Hot Sauce Recipes You Need To Try Right Now

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These delicious hot sauce recipes will have you never wanting to purchase hot sauce again! Everything from mild, to knock-your-socks-off hot, this hot sauce recipe compilation has a little something for everyone.

3 glass bottles of red hot sauce glistening in the afternoon sun.
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Hot Sauce

Where does hot sauce come from?

Indigenous people of the Americas have been cultivating peppers for at least 7,000 years. There’s archaeological evidence that the Aztecs may have been the first to make some form of hot sauce around 6,000 years ago.

How do you make homemade hot sauce last?

Whether conventional hot sauce or the fermented variety, hot sauce is a rather shelf-stable condiment due to its acidic nature. Most hot sauce will keep for a few months, if not a few years with cool, clean storage conditions.

What supplies do you need to make hot sauce?

Common hot sauce-making supplies include a blender or food processor, jars, a fine mesh strainer, chili peppers, spices, vinegar, lime juice, and a sauce pan.

Chile Peppers

Some common hot peppers for hot sauce making include cayenne peppers, Fresno peppers, jalapenos, ghost peppers, red bell peppers, serrano chiles, Thai chiles, Arbol chiles, habanero peppers, scotch bonnet peppers, poblano chiles, ancho chiles, peri-peris, and Aji chiles.

Hot Sauce Cookbooks

I am the author of both Hot Sauce Cookbook for Beginners and Fermented Hot Sauce Cookbook, so I know my fair share about hot sauce! These books were labors of love and involved much trial and error in testing the recipes and tackling both classic and creative hot sauces. Whether you are new to making hot sauce or a tried and true spicy hot sauce lover, you are certain to find something to tickle your tastebuds!

10 Hot Sauce Recipes

Louisiana Hot Sauce Recipe
This easy hot pepper sauce recipe is commonly known as Louisiana Style Hot Sauce. From Hot Sauce Cookbook for Beginners by Kristen Wood.
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Fermented Sambal Oelek
A fermented take on the Indonesian chili paste Sambal Oelek, from my cookbook Fermented Hot Sauce Cookbook. Packed with probiotics and a good dose of heat and flavor! Naturally vegan and gluten-free.
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Hot Scotch Bonnet Pepper Sauce
A spicy Jamaican-style scotch bonnet pepper sauce recipe designed for the true spice lovers! This easy hot sauce recipe will add big flavor to anything it touches.
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Aji Chombo
A spicy and flavorful fermented Aji Chombo hot sauce recipe hailing from Panama, perfect for the true spice lovers!
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Amazing Homemade Peri Peri Sauce Recipe
Have a taste for a little extra spice? Try this top-notch homemade peri peri sauce recipe and experiment with different flavor profiles.
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Amazing Homemade Peri Peri Sauce Recipe
Fermented Honey Jalapeño Hot Sauce
This Southwestern-inspired hot sauce will win you over with its candy-like sweetness, as well as subtle, fresh-tasting heat from the jalapeños. It's a match made in heaven and suits a wide variety of dishes to boot!
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Fermented Bajan Pepper Sauce Recipe
If you're in the mood for an absolute explosion of flavor, you will find it in this hot sauce hailing from Barbados. Nothing compares to the unique flavor combo you will find here, not to mention a perfect middle-of-the-road spice factor.
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Fermented Pomegranate Rose Hot Sauce
From my book, Fermented Hot Sauce Cookbook, this pomegranate rose hot sauce is a truly unique and flavorful fermented hot sauce recipe with a big kick!
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Fermented Habanero Hot Sauce Recipe
This easy to make Habanero Hot Sauce recipe is fermented for extra probiotic power and gut healing goodness! This spicy and healthy delight is packed full of habanero peppers, jalapeño peppers, garlic and its secret ingredient of carrots for that extra touch of natural sweetness and vibrancy. It is addictively delicious, complements a wide variety of dishes, and has the perfect spicy kick!
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Salsa Brava (Bravas Sauce Recipe)
Learn how to make salsa brava, the spicy Spanish tomato sauce! This bravas sauce recipe is easy and adds a delightful rich flavor to anything you use it on.
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3 glass bottles of red hot sauce glistening in the afternoon sun.

10 Hot Sauce Recipes

These delicious hot sauce recipes will have you never wanting to purchase hot sauce again! Everything from mild, to knock-your-socks-off hot, this hot sauce recipe compilation has a little something for everyone.
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Course: Condiments
Cuisine: American, Asian, Central American, Latin American, Mexican, Middle Eastern, South American
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Fermentation Time: 3 days
Total Time: 3 days 10 minutes
Servings: 32
Author: Kristen Wood


  • 2 habanero peppers stems removed
  • 2 jalapeño peppers stems removed and halved
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup baby carrots or regular carrots roughly chopped
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt or pink salt + 1/2 teaspoon for last step
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon coconut sugar optional


  • In a high speed blender or food processor, combine peppers, garlic, carrots and 1 tsp salt.
  • Pulse until all is coarsely blended (see step-by-step photos above in post).
  • Place into a jar and cover with 3/4 cup water.
  • Cover with a cheesecloth or loose lid, and place at room temperature away from direct sunlight for 3 days (If using a lid, open once a day to release pressure).
  • After 3 days, pour the entire contents into a food processor or blender alongside oil, vinegar, sugar and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Blend until desired texture is achieved.
  • Enjoy!


Serving: 1tablespoon | Calories: 18kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 75mg | Potassium: 13mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 350IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. Kristen, you have some great and imaginative recipes
    and you communicate them well in a user-friendly format. A solid home run, so to speak.
    Tom / Dallas