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How to Make Hot Sauce

You can make your own hot sauce from scratch for buffalo wings at home with this recipe.


  • Step 1: Decide on a pepper Decide how hot you want your sauce to be.
  • TIP: Try jalapenos if you like your sauce mild, cayenne peppers for a hotter sauce, or -- if you're daring -- habaneros, which will have you running for milk.
  • Step 2: Determine how many peppers to use Determine how many peppers to use in your sauce. For mild sauce, use about half a pound. For hotter sauce, use up to 2 pounds.
  • Step 3: Dry your peppers Dry your peppers by cutting off the stems and splitting them lengthwise, then baking them at 175 degrees for 6 to 8 hours. When they've cooled, put on your gloves, and crush them in your hands.
  • TIP: If you have the time, you can use a sewing needle to thread the peppers on a length of fishing line and hang them in a window to dry naturally.
  • Step 4: Saute onion and garlic Mince the onion, garlic, and carrots, and saute them in the olive oil until the onion is soft and translucent. Then puree them in a food processor with the dried peppers.
  • Step 5: Add vinegar an lime juice Return the puree to the saute pan, add the white vinegar and lime juice, and heat it through.
  • Step 6: Add food Enjoy your homemade on anything from scrambled eggs to chicken wings!
  • FACT: Chiles have been used in Mexico since as early as 7000 BCE.

You Will Need

  • 1/2 to 2 lbs. hot peppers
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • Large onion
  • 2 medium carrots
  • 1/2 c. white vinegar
  • 1/2 c. lime juice
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • Rubber gloves
  • Food processor
  • Sewing needle (optional)
  • Fishing line (optional)

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