Easy Louisiana Style Hot Pepper Sauce Recipe

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This recipe can also be found in my book Hot Sauce Cookbook for Beginners.

This easy hot pepper sauce recipe is a delicious way to add flavor to many dishes. In south Louisiana, this recipe for pepper sauce is commonly known as Louisiana Style Hot Sauce.

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Louisiana Style Hot Sauce.
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What is Louisiana Style Hot Sauce?

Louisiana Hot Sauce is certainly one of the more popular hot sauce varieties here in the United States. It was originally made back in the 19th century with chiles fermented in large oak barrels. With its Southern roots, it’s brought Cajun dishes to life for decades! It’s made with simple ingredients, and generally has a mild-moderate kick, making it a great “everyday” hot sauce.

Why This Recipe Works

  • This is a super easy homemade recipe.
  • There’s no need to worry about preservatives or other unsavory ingredients that you may find in conventional store-bought versions.
  • It has the perfect balance of spice and tangy vinegar notes, with a hint of sweetness, giving it the perfect hot sauce flavor profile.
  • We use red jalapeno peppers in this recipe, but it’s a great base hot sauce recipe that lends itself well to experimentation if you’re feeling experimental!
  • You can use it as a sauce to drizzle, mixed into dips — you name it! It is a versatile recipe with various uses to suit your preference.
  • Naturally gluten-free, vegan, plant-based, vegetarian, dairy-free, soy-free, nut-free and no added sugar.
louisiana hot sauce being bottled

Ingredient Notes

Fresh red jalapeno chiles: Red jalapenos are slightly sweeter and spicier than the red variety. You can certainly swap them out for any chile of choice to suit your taste preferences.

White vinegar: White vinegar is the most common vinegar variety found in this particular family of hot sauces. But, apple cider, white wine, etc. can be used in a pinch!

Salt: No good sauce would be complete without the addition of salt, which brings all hot sauce flavors to life.

How to Make Louisiana Hot Sauce

1. Simmer all hot sauce ingredients in a pot on the stovetop until the chiles are soft.

2. Carefully blend the chile mixture in a food processor or blender until smooth.

3. Cool, store and enjoy!

How to Store Hot Sauce

Hot sauce will keep in the refrigerator for up to 4 months. To  make it fancy, store in hot sauce bottles with personalized labels!

louisiana style hot pepper sauce

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Louisiana hot sauce the same as Tabasco?

While both hot sauce varieties are vinegar-forward, Louisiana hot sauce and Tabasco are made from different varieties of chiles, lending them different flavor profiles. Louisiana hot sauce is generally milder than Tabasco.

What makes Louisiana hot sauce different?

Louisiana is a super simple, good beginner’s hot sauce that suits a large variety of dishes.

What foods are good to eat with Louisiana hot sauce?

Louisiana style hot pepper sauce lends itself well to being drizzled on soups, salads, popcorn and roasted veggies, to name a few. You can also use it in marinades or mix into cream cheese, hummus or melted cheese for yummy dips. Regardless of how you choose to use Louisiana hot sauce, it’s certain to make for one delightful meal.

Can I use different peppers in Louisiana hot sauce?

Yes! Traditionally, Louisiana hot sauce is made from fermented long cayenne peppers. We use red jalapeno peppers which lend a similar flavor profile, however, this recipe lends itself well to using nearly any variety of chile you can think of. I recommend using organic or top quality peppers for the tastiest hot sauce!

Hot Sauce Cookbook for Beginners

This recipe was originally published in my book Hot Sauce Cookbook for Beginners. Nearly every corner of the planet has its own beloved hot sauce. This beginner-friendly hot sauce cookbook has everything you need to start making classic hot sauces and regional favorites from scratch, including this Louisiana Pepper Sauce! You can buy it on Amazon and try your hand at other easy and delicious hot sauce recipes. Your support is very much appreciated!

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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.
4.88 from 49 votes
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Course: Condiments
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 24 servings
Author: Kristen Wood


  • 1 pound fresh red jalapeños stemmed, about 10 peppers
  • 2 cups white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons salt


  • In a large pot over high heat, combine the chiles, vinegar, and salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium and let simmer for 5 minutes, or until the chiles are soft.
  • Transfer the chile mixture to a blender or food processor, then blend until smooth, leaving a vent to allow steam to escape. Let it cool to room temperature.
  • Transfer the sauce to an airtight container and refrigerate for 2 weeks before using.
  • Store in the refrigerator for up to 4 months.


The flavors deepen and grow more complex during the 2-week refrigeration time, but if you’re itching to enjoy this hot sauce right away, you can indeed do so!
This recipe can also be found in my book Hot Sauce Cookbook for Beginners.
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Serving: 2tablespoons | Calories: 11kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 196mg | Potassium: 61mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 180IU | Vitamin C: 27mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. 5 stars
    Wow this is good. Simple but yet so good. We used a couple of hotter peppers but we got the result we were looking for. Some like it hot. Never thought of making my own hot sauce but I’ll be doing it from now on.

  2. Can this recipe be canned in a water bath canner to store in pantry & have a longer shelf life? If yes, how much head space & how long to process? I have LOTS of different peppers I’d like to try this with too!

    1. Hi, Gloria! Yes, you have a few different options. You can add some water to dilute or adding sugar or a sweetener can help soften the heat, too. Alternatively, if I have a hot sauce that is extremely hot, I often mix it with mayo, plain yogurt, sour cream, ranch or another cooling cream-based condiment and it helps offset the heat a lot, while keeping some of the delicious flavor of the hot sauce. I hope this helps!

  3. 5 stars
    Perfection! The heat was just right and the tanginess balanced it out perfectly. I want to put this sauce on everything!

  4. 5 stars
    This was so easy to make!!!
    My husband eats hot sauce on everything! breakfast lunch and dinner!
    So I made a batch up for him as a birthday present and he was so impressed.
    Thank you for such a unique birthday present!

  5. 5 stars
    I put this over some red beans & rice and it is spectacular. I can’t believe it’s so easy to make! Thank you for a great recipe.

  6. 5 stars
    This hot sauce has the perfect flavor! I keep adding it into dips for movie night and it gives everything such a yummy kick. I even swirled it into regular hummus and hubby loved it!

  7. 5 stars
    This hot sauce is a perfect condiment to have at hand. I drizzle them on my veggies, salad etc. and it gives the perfect spicy kick.

  8. 5 stars
    My new go-to hot sauce recipe! So incredibly effortless and way more flavorful than store bought!

  9. 5 stars
    Thanks for this awesome Hot Pepper Sauce recipe. Homemade is always the best. Thanks for all the detailing too.

  10. 5 stars
    I have made this sauce now a couple of times and it is my go-to hot sauce now. Thank you!

  11. 5 stars
    I can’t believe how easy it was to make! I should have been doing homemade hot sauce forever – I love it! Thanks for the great step-by-step recipe.

  12. 5 stars
    Whoa, this is super easy to make and so much better than store bought. Can’t wait to start making this.

  13. 5 stars
    The flavor was outstanding and I love how it’s made with just a few ingredients! It’s perfectly spicy!

  14. 5 stars
    I had no idea it was so easy to make hot sauce at home until I tried your recipe!! This turned out delicious – I don’t think I’ll be going back to store bought hot sauce again!

  15. 5 stars
    I love adding hot sauces to my dishes, but never thought about making my own. This one looks really easy to make and right up our alley!!

  16. 5 stars
    This hot sauce is so good! It’s super easy and way better than anything you’d get at the store. Loved it!

  17. 5 stars
    Oh my, such a simple hot sauce recipe. This is godsend when living outside of the US and craves hot sauce on food.

  18. 5 stars
    I’m wondering how you got the photo with the fire in it because that’s pretty cool! I’ve not made my own hot sauce before, but from-scratch is always better than store-bought, so I can’t wait to try your recipe!

  19. 5 stars
    I learned to like hot sauce after moving to America many years ago. This recipe is super easy and truly delicious.

  20. 5 stars
    Love that I can make my own now with this recipe. Not a fan of the added ingredients, emulsifiers, etc. in store bought brands. Had no idea it was so simple!

  21. 5 stars
    This hot sauce was so easy to make but was PACKED with flavor!! I’ll never go back to store bought again!

  22. 5 stars
    The sauce is ready and stocked . I am so happy we have a flavourbomb for the meals. We tried it with potato cakes it was mind blowing good.

  23. 5 stars
    This Louisiana hot sauce sounds so good. I don’t usually make hot sauces but I can’t wait to try this one. Thanks so much!

  24. 5 stars
    I’m a major hot sauce lover, and this was fabulous! It’s so much better than anything you’d buy in the store, and it’s super simple. Highly recommend!

  25. 5 stars
    I love hot sauce, but had never made it before until now. It was much easier than I thought. I will always keep a batch on hand.