Visit any grocery or specialty store sauce aisle and you’ll find a whole array of hot sauces in every heat level and style. But if you’ve never tried making your own, you don’t know how much fun it can be to create your very own house blend. You may try this time to make your own hot and spicy sauce by yourself. Here are some ideas to help you!
Caribbean Hot Sauce
You can generally find a bottle of homemade hot sauce in most abodes throughout the Caribbean and at many homestyle restaurants. This simple hot sauce recipe uses just three ingredients, so you can put it together quickly and easily. If you’re sensitive to heat, consider wearing gloves while chopping up the peppers—whatever you do, don’t touch your eyes!
Creamy Jalapeño Sauce
While different from your typical hot sauce, this creamy jalapeño sauce makes a nice change from the usual salsa or queso for a party dipper. It tastes great with chicken wings or drizzled over tacos, burritos, or quesadillas too. For a thicker dip, replace some of the buttermilk with sour cream.
Green Schug Sauce
This Middle Eastern hot sauce may not look like your typical spicy topping, but it really packs a punch. Made with green or red peppers, cumin, garlic, and coriander, it also usually includes parsley or other fresh herbs. That gives it a lovely, complex, fresh-tasting flavor that you can adjust to your own tastes. Drizzle it over meats, eggs, or vegetables to add depth and spice to any dish.
Used in a whole array of Mexican preparations, this hot and tomato-forward salsa ranchera will quickly make its way into your repertoire, too. Seed the Serrano or jalapeño chiles for a milder sauce or leave the ribs and seeds in for a more powerful flavor. Add some dried chile to create an even more complex spice note.
Mexican Hot Sauce
Green or red hot sauce appears on a whole range of dishes in Mexico, from fresh fruit to chicharrones to quesadillas and tacos. Making your own lets you control the spice level and you can make a big batch so you can give it away as a unique homemade gift. Once you start sprinkling it on everything, you won’t ever want to go back.
Malaysian Sambal Sauce
Popular in Indonesia, Singapore, and Malaysia, sambal has a complex earthy, spicy, and herbal flavor that comes from both fresh and dried spices and aromatics. If you have one, use a mortar and pestle to grind the ingredients together, which releases the essential oils well. You can also use a food processor or blender, for a quicker and easier process.
Creating your own hot sauce at home isn’t just easy, it can also be more cost-effective than buying multiple bottles to suit every occasion and cuisine. Homemade hot sauce also makes a great gift for your heat-seeking friends, so consider picking up some pretty bottles for sharing your wares.