10 Hot Sauce Recipes That Bring the Heat

Hot Sauce Recipes

Hot sauce is one of the world’s best condiments. Just a tiny dash of hot sauce can turn the flavor of a dish from ho-hum to amazing. It’s also packed with capsaicin, an important component of peppers, which promotes numerous health benefits. There’s a variety of hot sauce for everyone, too. Some hot sauces are mind-blowingly spicey, while others pack a sweeter, more mild taste. That’s why we’ve gathered up ten delicious hot sauce recipes that you can make right at home to add a little more flavor to your meals.

How to Make Hot Sauce

Hot sauce is typically made from a few essential ingredients: peppers, vinegar, garlic, and salt. From there, additional ingredients are added to customize the flavor and taste of the hot sauce. Some hot sauces add in sugar for a sweeter, more warm flavor, while others double down on the spice by adding extra hot peppers. They also vary based on consistency, type of pepper used, treatment of the peppers, and more. You can find traditional hot sauce recipes from regions all around the world, including Africa, Vietnam, Korea, Thailand, and more. The only way to know which varieties you like best is to try them all. Just a word to the wise: start small. Even just a tiny drop of some of these hot sauces can make your eyes water. Don’t jump in before you know you can handle it.

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Top 10 Hot Sauce Recipes

Roll up your sleeves and get ready to kick the spice up a notch or two. Here are ten fiery hot sauce recipes for when you want things spicy:

1. 15 Minute Hot Sauce

15 Minute Hot Sauce

With fresh peppers of your choice, white vinegar or apple cider vinegar, garlic, and salt, this recipe is easy and customizable to your tastes. Plus, it’s ready in just 15 minutes when you need things spicy fast.

2. Ghost Pepper Hot Sauce

Ghost Pepper Hot Sauce

The ghost pepper is one of the world’s hottest peppers. This hot sauce includes plenty of ghost peppers, along with tomatoes, vinegar, and salt for a big and bold spice that won’t soon be forgotten.

3. Sriracha


Sriracha is made with a paste of chili peppers, vinegar, fish sauce, garlic, and spices. It has recently taken over as one of the food industry’s most popular condiments and is great in soups and stews, on burgers, or as a tasty dip.

4. Homemade Cayenne Pepper Sauce

Homemade Cayenne Pepper Sauce

This hot sauce is exploding with cayenne flavor. It starts with 10 ounces of cayenne chili peppers and adds garlic, vinegar, and salt for a hot sauce that’s super flavorful and packs a good amount of heat.

5. Jalapeno Hot Sauce

Jalepeno Hot Sauce

Simple, fresh, vibrant, and spicy, this green hot sauce has it all. It’s made with an entire pound of jalapeño peppers, along with onion, garlic, vinegar, lime, and cumin, so get ready for some heat.

6. Homemade Chili Garlic Sauce

Homemade Chili Garlic Sauce

Chili garlic sauce is used in a lot of Thai and Vietnamese recipes for a pop of slow-burning spice. It’s made with just four ingredients: chili peppers, garlic, sugar, and vinegar.

7. Homemade Harissa

Homemade Harissa

Harissa is a North African red chile sauce made with a few simple ingredients including chiles, garlic, citrus, and spices. It has a sweet and smoky flavor with just enough spice without being too hot.

8. Peri Peri Sauce

Peri Peri Sauce

Peri peri sauce is a South African delicacy that some say is a mix between Harissa and a classic hot sauce. With African bird’s eye chilies, red bell peppers, and tomatoes, it contains the depth and character of Harissa with the spicy kick of hot sauce.

9. Korean Chili Sauce (Gochujang)

Korean Chili Sauce (Gochujang)

Gochujang is a savory, sweet, and spicy fermented hot sauce that’s popular in Korea. This recipe is made with just five ingredients, including miso paste, honey, chili pepper flakes, vinegar, and garlic, and comes together in five minutes or less.

10. Easy Fresh Chile Lime Sauce

Easy Fresh Chile Lime Sauce

This sauce is a balanced combination of sweet heat and tang for the perfect smooth sauce that’s not too spicy. It’s made with Fresno or red jalapeño chiles, garlic, lime juice, brown sugar, and oil.

These hot sauce recipes are spicy and firey for the times when you need to bring the heat. Try them all and pick your very favorite.