Homemade hot sauce



1 Cup

Homemade hot sauce

Roberto Caruso

Once you make your own, you'll never go back! The secret? Carrots give this spicy sauce a touch of sweetness


  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1 tsp kosher or coarse salt
  • 1/4 tsp granulated sugar
  • 2 serrano chilies , seeded and chopped, about 1/4 cup
  • 1 cup packed grated carrots , about 1 to 2 carrots


  • Combine vinegar with 1 tbsp water, salt and sugar in a wide, shallow saucepan. Set over high. When it comes to a boil, add chilies and carrots. Reduce heat to medium and gently boil, partially covered, until carrot is tender, 4 min. Remove from heat.
  • Pour carrot mixture into a blender. Cover lid with a kitchen towel and purée for at least 2 min. Scrape hot sauce into a jar. Let cool, then cover with lid and refrigerate up to 1 month. Shake before serving.

Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories
  • 4,
  • Carbohydrates
  • 1 g,
  • Sodium
  • 101 mg.

Switch it Up!

Three variations to suit every taste
Jalapeno hot sauce
Instead of serrano chilies, use seeded jalapeno peppers. Continue with recipe.

Cilantro hot sauce
Add 1/2 cup chopped cilantro stems during the last 2 min of boiling. Continue with recipe.

Pineapple hot sauce
Reduce vinegar to 1/2 cup. Instead of serrano chilies, use 2 seeded Thai bird’s-eye chilies. Instead of carrots, use 1 cup chopped pineapple. Continue with recipe.

Four Ways to Use it!

Hot ‘n’ Sour Soup
Combine 3 cups low-sodium chicken broth with a 170-g package sliced shiitake mushrooms and 1/4 cup drained canned sliced bamboo shoots in a saucepan; set over high. Add 1 thinly sliced chicken breast. Whisk 1/3 cup Serrano-Chili Sauce or Cilantro Hot Sauce with 4 tsp cornstarch. Add to soup. Cook until slightly thickened, 2 min. Stir in 1 sliced green onion. Garnish with basil (optional).

Jalapeno Cheese Dip
Stir 1/2 cup mayonnaise with 1/4 cup Jalapeno Hot Sauce and 1 cup grated parmesan in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat in microwave for 30 sec. Stir and serve warm.

Spicy Pineapple ‘Plum’ Sauce
Stir 1/2 cup Pineapple Hot Sauce with 2 tbsp honey. Serve with wings or chicken fingers. Mexican Potato Salad Combine 500 g cooked, diced potatoes with 1 chopped tomato, 1/2 cup sliced pitted black olives, 1/2 cup Cilantro Hot Sauce and 1/4 tsp salt in a large bowl. Season with pepper. Serve warm or cold.