Homemade hot sauce recipe: Bring on the spice

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Homemade hot sauce recipe: Bring on the spice
BY Virgin Active South Africa
Posted On 14 May, 2024

A good sauce recipe is always clever to have on hand, but a great sauce recipe will elevate your dish to the next level. Here’s a homemade hot sauce recipe you’ll need to add to your grandmother’s recipe book from 1938 that you’ve been using all these years. Yes, it’s that good.

Top Tip: Char chillies over an open flame until blackened all over to ensure a smoky taste. For a more fiery sauce, add habanero chillies.


What ingredients do you need to make this tasty hot sauce? Read on to learn more.

Use the below ingredients to makes 2 cups of hot sauce:

  • 4 onions, chopped
  • Glug of olive oil
  • 20–25 Thai or serrano chillies, charred
  • 4 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 4 tsp (20ml) chilli powder
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) sugar of your choice
  • 2 cups (500ml) veg or chicken stock
  • 1 cup (250ml) apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup (60–125ml) water


Next, how do you make this yummy hot sauce?

  • Sauté onions in olive oil for about 5 minutes.
  • Add chillies and garlic and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Stir in chilli powder and sugar and top with stock, apple cider vinegar and water.
  • Simmer with lid on for 15–20 minutes until pulpy.
  • Blitz using a stick blender until smooth.
  • Return to heat and simmer uncovered for 3–5 minutes (or until it’s reached your desired consistency).
  • Strain sauce if you like.

There you go. Making your own hot sauce is that easy. Now, pair your favourite new hot sauce with any dish you like, the best part is that this sauce keeps in the fridge for 2 weeks. Enjoy! Discover more recipes here today.