Spicy Green Hot Sauce Recipe

If you have wanted to try making a hot sauce on your own, then recipe developer Sher Castellano has the perfect recipe for you. This spicy green hot sauce is super easy to make, and it only requires a few ingredients to put together. Few ingredients with little hassle sounds pretty great to us! While Tabasco and other name-brand sauces are super delicious and super easy (seeing as you just have to go to the store and buy them), there's something about a homemade hot sauce that hits the spot. This recipe is perfect for a Mexican-themed dinner, or it's great to use on any other foods that you usually put hot sauce on. If you're a lover of spicy foods, then this recipe is just too good to pass up.

Castellano is the brains behind this quick and easy recipe. She shares that her favorite part is that it's "bright and herbaceous," and we would have to agree! Keep reading to find out how to make this green hot sauce with a kick that is great for the spice-lover in all of us.

Gather the ingredients for your hot sauce

The first thing you need to do is gather all of the ingredients necessary to throw together this hot sauce. You may already have a few items at home, making your grocery trip even easier. You will need olive oil and a few jalapeño peppers to start. "Heat level is indicative of the peppers used. In general, jalapeños are in the low-mid range of the Scoville heat index," Castellano notes. "But the heat of the pepper (capsaicin) is primarily found in the membrane that holds the seeds. To make the hot sauce spicy, use the seeds and membrane. To make it mild, cut the membrane and seeds out, discard, and use only the flesh." 

In addition, grab minced garlic, fine sea salt, and a cup of water. You will also need some apple cider vinegar and cilantro leaves to round out your list. 

Sauté the oil and jalapeños

Take out a sauté pan and put it over medium heat. Then, toss in the olive oil and the jalapeños. As a side note, you should have sliced the jalapeños ahead of time and taken off the stems. Let the two ingredients sauté together for about five minutes. You can either set a timer or just keep an eye on it. After five minutes, add in the garlic, and then turn the heat to low. 

Continue to sauté everything for about five more minutes. Then, you can move to the next step.

Add more ingredients to the pan

Keep the jalapeños in the same pan. Then, turn the heat back up to high and throw in the salt, followed by the water. Stir everything together and bring the items to a simmer. Let the mixture cook for about 10 more minutes. Once again, you can either set a timer or just keep an eye on the clock. After that, you can remove the pan from the heat and then allow it to cool off slightly. Now, the jalapeños should be much softer and easier to work with. 

Once they've cooled a little bit, you can continue the process.

Blend the mixture

Pour the contents of the pan into a blender. Then, add in the cilantro and vinegar on top. Turn on the blender and mix everything until it's smooth and looks like hot sauce. Voila, that's all it takes to make this delicious recipe. Pretty simple, right? 

Next, pour the liquid from the blender into a jar of your choice and store it in the fridge until you're ready to use it again. Make sure the jar is sealed and airtight so that it stays fresh for longer. 

Serve the hot sauce

Now that you've finished the hot sauce, it's time to enjoy it. Be sure to shake the jar before using it, as the sauce may settle and separate. As long you appropriately store the sauce in the fridge, it will stay good for up to one month. There are plenty of dishes you could add this yummy sauce to, and Casellano suggests anything that you'd put hot sauce on, like "roasted vegetables, tacos, grilled meats, etc." 

Now there's only one thing left to do: Enjoy it! 

Spicy Green Hot Sauce Recipe
5 from 20 ratings
This spicy green hot sauce is super easy to make, and it only requires a few ingredients to put together. Give it a try!
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spicy green hot sauce
Total time: 25 minutes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 10 green jalapeño peppers
  • ¼ cup garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 cup water
  • ¼ cup cilantro leaves
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  1. Heat a sauté pan over medium heat, and add in the oil and jalapeños. Sauté for 5 minutes. Then add in the garlic and turn the heat down to low. Sauté for 5 more minutes.
  2. Turn the heat back to high and add in the salt and water, then stir and bring to a simmer. Cover the pan, turn the heat back to low, and simmer for 10 minutes. Next, remove the pan from the heat and allow to cool slightly.
  3. Add the pepper mixture to a blender, then add in the cilantro and vinegar and blend until smooth.
  4. Pour the hot sauce into the jar of your choice and refrigerate. Store in an airtight jar.
  5. Shake before using as the sauce may settle and separate. Hot sauce will stay good for up to 1 month.
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