Introduction: How to Make a Hot Chilli Sauce, Similar to Carribean Hot Pepper Sauces

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It's a cheap & easy way to make tasty hot pepper sauce! General guidelines are given, as I've only done this once & can make no claims to the receipe being perfected. This worked first time & it was easy, also very hot...

Step 1: Ingredients

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I used:
Habanero or Scotch Bonnet chillies (I don't know which, but please see photo)
You'll also need a food-blender, a sauce pan, graduated jug & a clean bottle.

Step 2: Preparation

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  • Cut chillies roughly (I used 7), I'd advise removing the seeds for a better flavour to heat ratio. These things will hurt you, take your own precautions...
  • Peel & chop garlic roughly (I used 3 fat cloves)
  • Measure the capacity of your bottle with the jug & water. Add chillies garlic to the jug & enough vinegar to make the volume you need, plus a little more. I made ~ 1/4 pint ~150 ml
  • Transfer these to a pan, add ~ 5 teaspoons of salt, an a teaspoon of sugar, heat to boil & simmer (with a lid) for ~ 15 min
  • Blend this mixture until smooth, reheat in the pan & pour into your bottle using the jug.

Step 3: Variations

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(I'd keep this in the fridge, but the vinegar salt & sugar should help preserve)

For a cooler sauce:

Use fewer chillies & thicken with cornflour. Mix a little cornflour with cold water & stir into the simmering liquid a little at a time, remembering that it will be thicker when cooled. Get this wrong & you won't get it out of the bottle...

Other ingredients could include:

Tomato paste
Various herbs & spices


kjsinstructables (author)2011-08-02

followed this, and I am in pain, those scotch bonnets are lethal! I am in Haiti and tried the Haitian version, I have a Sierra Leone version also, very much the same. So I gave your a go, it hits the spot. I made a second batch, gave her a twist, I added i whole lemon rind, substituted the sugar for honey, added fresh ginger, one cooked and blended added lemon (Or lime) juice and honey to get that balance, this is mind blowing... One point to note the Chilli in Haiti is 'FIRE'.



P.S. Planted the seeds I did not use!

This is interesting, will try, thanks for the idea

lemonie (author)kjsinstructables2011-08-02

Yes it's concentrated - I cook with it rather than putting it on things.
I might try the lemon & honey, thanks for that idea.


decacpo (author)2012-04-16

Try using some raisons in the mix, this acts as a colling agent, but not too many as it will also help you visit the loo several times a day. Will be posting Big Dadda Chill Sauce recipe soon. It's mash up.

kendonn (author)2011-05-13

If you would like an Indian twist to it, add ground cumin and and a little ground fenugreek.

It compares to a brand called Mr Naga chilli pickle

lemonie (author)kendonn2011-05-13

I think I've got some cumin seeds, good idea.


dorotheabrown37 (author)2010-08-19

i use to make pepper sauce i still not the recipe to make a full bottle and use less vinger to thicking it use cornstarch. some tines we make picklist which is a hatian veggie with pepper. made with cabbage habaneros carrots and lemon juice and salt to taste

lemonie (author)dorotheabrown372010-08-19

that last one sounds good. could you put it up here (as an Instructable)next time?


ArrunD (author)2010-02-22

 they are scotch bonnet

glut (author)2009-07-24

I made it with wine vinegar and the result is very good. However, the next time i won't remove the seeds because the sauce is too cool for me like that :p Thanks for this good recipe.

lemonie (author)glut2009-07-25

OK, I like it hot too! L

rollingstoner357 (author)2008-08-21

can you use white distilled vinegar? will it come out alright?

fluid (author)2006-10-16

just a note: I'd suggest wearing some surgical type gloves when handling those pesky peppers. And for god sakes....... DON'T TOUCH YOUR FACE! a friend rubbed a slice of habanero on the rim of my coffee lips were burning!!!!

fungus amungus (author)fluid2006-10-16

An old boss of mine rubbed his balls after chopping some habaneros. He laughed at everyone else who was shocked and then shrieked like a little girl and ran upstairs to the cafe's office. Seriously.

roflmao my cusin did something like that with vix

erfonz (author)fungus amungus2006-10-16

HAHAHA!!!! Where did you work?

fungus amungus (author)erfonz2006-10-17

This was at a cafe in my college town in Ohio. The owner was about 22. He never went to college and instead spent all his time hanging out with college students, but that still doesn't explain him. For Halloween he once made an "inside out" suit. That was regular clothes with all sorts of meat and intestines hanging off of him. He won a prize, but nobody went near him. And as for what happened to him after rubbing himself, I remember that he tried soaking in milk, but I forget if that helped or not.

Bartboy (author)fungus amungus2008-05-16

I want to work there!

Randy_che (author)2006-10-16

I've seen these sauces with carrot added to dilute the heat a little.

TheCheese9921 (author)2006-10-16

very cool idea sound good

cry_wolf (author)2006-10-16

Wow, i've been itching for an easy and tasty snack! =P Oh yeah those are Scotch Bonnets, either way extremely spicy.

PetervG (author)2006-10-16

Or, take a hot chili pepper, and a lemon thing and use the juice! Hot!

lemonie (author)PetervG2006-10-16

You're suggesting 'juicing' the chilies? The other ingredients add to the flavour & the method should preserve it.

canida (author)2006-10-16

This sounds awesome! I hope you're taking good notes each time you make hot sauce to perfect the recipe. Give us an update. I'll have to try this with the end-of-season peppers.

erfonz (author)2006-10-16

this would be a good idea for me because this year we grew hot peppers and ended up with 100+ peppers and we can't find anymore good uses for them

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