With peppers plentiful, there’s just one thing to do – make hot sauce! It takes just 15 minutes and you can make it as hot or mild as you like. Sounds like a win-win to me!

15-Minute Homemade Hot Sauce

recipe from Don’t Waste the Crumbs

basket of various hot peppersIngredients:

  • 20 fresh peppers of your choice (Fresno, Cayenne, Jalapeno are good ones)
  • 1½ cups vinegar (I used white)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 3 tsp minced fresh garlic


  1. Put on protective gloves (kitchen-safe) and wash the peppers.
  2. Cut the tops off of your peppers and slice in half lengthwise.
  3. Pour the vinegar into a sauce pan, add peppers, salt and garlic. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to a low boil until peppers are soft (about 10 minutes).
  4. Pour everything into your blender, including peppers and vinegar.
  5. Blend it (seeds and all) until liquefied.
  6. Add additional heat if desired. If you like it hot, add a Habanero (or half of one), re-blend and re-taste.
  7. You have hot sauce!

Cook’s Note: The additional pepper added to the blender isn’t cooked. We don’t recommend adding “additional heat” while cooking the peppers on the stove when you make this the first time. This gives you the chance to adjust the heat after the fact, little by little. Once you determine how much heat you like, feel free to add additional heat while cooking.

If you’re concerned about what’s hot and what’s not, here is a sample heat index for some of the most popular types of peppers.