Super Easy, Incredibly Delicious Homemade Chili Garlic Hot Sauce

Here's a super easy and incredibly delicious homemade hot sauce recipe. You can use any combination of hot peppers, I personally like fresh red chili peppers and I grow a ton of them in my backyard garden. I bottled my sauce after 5 days of fermentation, but the flavor and intensity will vary depending on 1) variety of chili peppers you use 2) how long you let the mixture steep. After 5 days I found the sauce deliciously infused with garlic, a pop of tang and balanced heat.

What you need:

  • 1lb fresh red chili peppers

  • 8 garlic cloves

  • 2 shallots

  • 1-1/2 cups white distilled vinegar 

  • 2 tbsp kosher salt

  • 1-quart mason jar + cover

  • 1/4 tsp xanthan gum (to prevent separation)

  • Recycled hot sauce bottles

What to do:

  1. Destem your chilis, leave the green crowns - they add flavor.

  2. Toss the chili peppers, garlic, shallots, and salt in a food processor and pulse to make a rough mix.

  3. Add the mix to the mason jar and cover, let sit overnight.

  4. The following day, add vinegar into the mix and stir. Cover and let sit anywhere from a day to a week (I bottled my sauce after 5 days). The longer it sits the more flavor develops.  Check daily, give the jar a shake. You should see little bubbles at the top of the mix - that means it's fermenting.

  5. When the sauce is to your liking, put it through a food mill fitted with the fine disk. This will separate out most of the seeds and tough skins. Then add in the xanthan gum and puree in a blender until smooth.

  6. The sauce will be frothy after blending so let it rest for 15 minutes before bottling.

  7. Keep bottled hot sauce in fridge, it'll last for months.