Kick Ass Habanero Hot Sauce Recipe


I heart hot sauce. So when I saw this huge container of habaneros on sale for a steal, I decided it was time make a huge batch of hot sauce. I love making a big batch of hot sauce and giving away jars to friends, family and neighbors as a parting gift. This recipe is a variation of the recipe I found on the back of the box of peppers I bought at B.J.’s wholesale club. It looked so similar to recipes I’ve seen from t

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Jars of homemade hot sauce are great parting gifts when friends and family pay a visit.

he Islands that I figured I’d give it a try and it did not disappoint. This turned out very similar to Suzie’s hot sauce from Antigua that I am highly addicted to. I made a few tweaks and the recipe is below:


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 6 habanero peppers, stems removed
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1 tbsp lime zest
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1 tomato
  • sea salt and pepper to taste


Heat the oil in a sauce pan over medium heat. Cook and stir the carrots, oil, onion, and garlic in the hot oil until soft, about 10 minutes. Transfer the mixture to a blender or food processor. Add the habanero peppers, water, lime juice, vinegar, tomato and lime zest to the blender/processor and blend until smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste, transfer the mixture to a saucepan and simmer for 3-5 minutes. Simmering at the end gives the sauce a more liquid consistency.

Do you have a favorite hot sauce or hotsauce recipe? I’d love to hear your favorites and I’m always looking to try new recipes!


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Lea Ann - December 4, 2011

I love making sauces too, and for the same reason, a stash and to give to friends. Only one problem with this one, I’m afraid of Habaneros. I picture my tongue melting in my mouth. 🙂

Robyn - December 4, 2011

Hi Lea Ann. This one definitely has some kick but you can always scale back on the peppers 🙂

Larry - December 4, 2011

This looks like some serious sauce – did it run you out of the kitchen while blending?

Nossi @ The Kosher Gastronome - December 4, 2011

Ha! Ass-Blast Sauce…love the name

Eric - December 4, 2011

Hey Robin, Habaneros are nice and all, but I think This would be awesome with 1 ghost chilli substituted.

Robyn - December 4, 2011

Eric, you are right. one ghost chili pepper would take the awesomeness level up a few notches. However I probably wouldn’t be able to give it to any of my friends. 🙂

Robyn - December 4, 2011

Larry, believe it or not I’ve had more issues chopping jalapenos in the past. Because I didn’t have to do to much with them other than chop the stems off, it didn’t make me have to get to close to any seeds making my nose run etc. All in all I didn’t even wear a respirator like i normally do when making sauce. 🙂

Chris - December 5, 2011

So cute. Where did you source those jars?

Robyn - December 6, 2011

bought them somewhere online when I was going through my hotsauce making phases where all i did was make hotsauce lol

Kymbo - April 23, 2012

Hi Robyn,
Recipe sounds great. I can’t wait to try it tomorrow!!

How much does it make, roughly?
I just want to know how many bottles to gather


Robyn - April 23, 2012

Kymbo- should make at least 4 small jars. Enough to keep you in heat for a long time. 🙂 Enjoy!

Heather - April 30, 2012

Hi, Robyn,

Just stumbled across your site while looking for a recipe for as my little plants are fruiting like crazy.

This is my first time making my own hot sauce so I have a quick question about bottling. Do you do a hot water bath or simply pop them in any clean container and refrigerate? About how long do they keep?

Thanks so much for your help. You’ve made a new fan down under of someone trying to get over being intimidated by her grill!

Robyn - May 2, 2012

I just use a clean jar and put them in the refrigerator. However, if you do the water bath I’m assuming you wouldn’t have to refrigerate which will save you room in your refrigerator. Good luck!

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Jake - June 2, 2012

Hi, Robyn!

I’m gonna try this tomorrow. I have some questions tho:
1. Is this sauce tabasco like?
2. For how long can I keep it in the fridge before it turns bad?
3. Is the sauce chunky?

Gretz from Sweden!

Robyn - June 3, 2012

Hi Jake-
This sauce is not as hot or quite as vinegary as tabasco. I usually use much more cholla than I can Tabasco. It is more like a Mexican hot sauce, similar to tapatio if you have ever tried that. Good luck!!

Dwayne - July 22, 2012

Just made the sauce, came out great! For the spicy minded, this is not very spicy at all, has just the right amount of flavor enhancer kick.

Good job an thank you for sharing!!!

Robyn - July 22, 2012

Dwayne- you are right, this is not overbearingly hot. I’m glad you enjoyed and thanks for leaving a comment! 🙂

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Bucky Clanton - August 18, 2012

Robyn – I really enjoyed this Resipe. Not to Hot, just right! Reminds me of the Caribean hot sauce I had in St. John. Thanks

Daysi - August 19, 2012

Omg all i can say is awesome i followed all the ingredients added more habeneros lol it came out soo delicious im constantly trying to find anything i can eat with it all the ingredients go perfect with eachother thank u soo much

Colleen - August 20, 2012

My garden was overflowing with all of these ingredients. I am so glad I found your recipe. I love the lime finish. It sure is hot but delicious! (I chickened out a little and removed the seeds)
Have you tried freeing it or canning it? I have a feeling I will be able to make a lot as the summer finishes.

Robyn - August 24, 2012

Thanks Daysi! Glad you enjoyed!!

Robyn - August 24, 2012

Bucky- I agree, that’s why I like this recipe. It is reminischent of Suzie’s hotsauce from Antigua. Cheers!

bryan - August 30, 2012

just made a batch up and it is AWESOME!!!…..thanks fer sharin this……

Robyn - August 31, 2012

Believe it or not I got this recipe from the back of the habanero container that i bought at BJ’s wholesale club and it is a winner!

Craig Bishop - September 2, 2012

OMG!!!!! Finally a decent recipe for paleo hot sauce.
My quest is at an end.
Thank you Robyn!!

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Mike Mattingly - October 11, 2012

How long will these keep in the fridge?

Robyn - October 14, 2012

Mike- this keeps up to a month in the refrigerator.

Neil - November 20, 2012

Good recipe but needs a major boost in the chilli count to be called hot :). I used your recipe as a base but added a nice mish mash chillies including scotch bonnets, orange and red savina habaneros and a good handful of red and green birds eyes. Ended up using over 30 chillies which turned out bottom worryingly hot but delicious!.

Matt Bushnell - November 25, 2012

Ha, love the name of the sauce…..kinda reminds me of MY website! 🙂 Recipe looks good though! I’m going to have to try it.

Lista - November 28, 2012

Hi, I just wanted to say this sauce rocks!! Seriously. I personally upped the habanero count. We like it hot. This will e made a lot!! Thanks. 🙂

Robyn - November 29, 2012

Hi Lista- I am glad you liked this recipe. I too can’t get enough hot in my life!

Bill - December 16, 2012

Great hot sauce i added a whole bunch of super hots into this and it tastes great! I would also like to add i have had it in the fridge for over 3 months and it still tastes very good.

Kori - January 27, 2013

I’m a big fan of Marie Sharp grapefruit habanero hot sauce. I used your recipe but sub’ed grapefruit pulp for carrots. Used 6 orange habaneros. Turned out really good and really hot!

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Derek - February 10, 2013

I made this using 12 Habaneros and 12 Amigo Inferno chillis – still not too hot. I added half a paw paw, 2 pasionfruit and a tsp of english mustard- tastes awesome!!

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