Hot Sauce

  • Serves

    makes 2 1/2 cups

This homemade version is in a league of its own.


  • 1 lb. mixed medium-to-hot fresh red chiles, like fresno, holland, or cayenne, stemmed
  • 3 tbsp. kosher salt
  • 2 cups distilled white vinegar


Step 1

Rinse the chiles in a colander under hot running water; pat dry. Transfer chiles to the bowl of a food processor along with the salt. Process, stopping occasionally to scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula, until finely chopped, about 1 minute.

Step 2

Transfer the chile mixture to a glass jar. Cover and let sit in a cool place to ripen for 2 days, without stirring.

Step 3

Uncover and stir in the vinegar. Cover and let sit in a cool place for 5 days to let age and allow the flavors to meld.

Step 4

Set a mesh strainer over a bowl. Pour the chile mixture into the strainer and press it through the mesh screen with the back of a spoon. Discard solids. Pour sauce into a glass bottle with a tight-fitting lid. Refrigerate for up to 6 months. Shake before each use.

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