Jalapeño Tequila Lime Hot Sauce…

I love spicy foods but Colin doesn’t appreciate the spice like we do, so we have been spicing things up in our plates more lately.

I bought a bottle of hot sauce for Simon around his birthday and I have to admit that I am the one that finished it off. It was so good on everything that I tried it on, but so expensive. It made me realize how much I love the taste of Jalapeños and I just had to try making my own version. I never really thought about making my own hot sauce before but I am so glad I did.  I really can’t get enough!

The first time I made it I took all of the seeds out of the peppers and mashed it but didn’t blend it so it made a chunkier and milder sauce, more like the original. This time I left some seeds in and blended it making a hot and smooth sauce.  I think both ways turned out great! The Tequila flavour really stands out and if you don’t know it is there it leaves you wondering…

This is not an exact recipe, but more of a guide… I tried my best to give amounts though…

You will need:

20 Jalapeño peppers

Jalapeno Peppers

2 Cubanelle Peppers

Cubanelle peppers

Seed the peppers (or not depending on how hot you want the sauce) and chop roughly: and don’t forget to use gloves!!! Hot pepper burns are not fun! (don’t ask me how I know)

1 medium onion, or half or a large onion, 6-7 Shallots and about 6 cloves of garlic.

onion, garlic and shallots

mince finely and start sautéing in a few tsp of oil until translucent.

onions, garlic and shallots

Chop up a tomato and add to the onion mixture. Add a few tsp of salt and some if you love garlic like me add a bit of garlic powder.

add tomato

Cook down for a few minutes and add the chopped peppers.

add peppers

Add about 2 cups of water.

add water

Cover and Simmer…

cover and simmer

Keep on simmering until everything is fully cooked and soft.


Juice two limes

Lime juice

Add the Lime juice to the sauce, add 2 tsp of sugar and adjust the salt if needed.


Turn off  the heat and add about 1 ounce of Tequila… or maybe a bit more 😉

Tequila from Mexico

Wait until Cooled and then Blend, mush or use a wand.

While blending, start adding the vinegar, start with 1 cup, taste and add more if needed. The first time 1 cup was enough but this time I used about 1 1/3 cups.

Blending the hot sauce

and there you have it!

Jalapeño Tequila Lime hot sauce.

Jalapeno Tequila Lime hot sauce

Here’s the Recipe again.

  • 20 Jalapeño peppers
  • 2 Cubanelle Peppers
  • 1 medium Onion (or half Large)- minced
  • 1 cup of minced shallots
  • 6 cloves of garlic – minced
  • 1 tomato (chopped)
  • 2 cups of Water
  • salt
  • garlic powder
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 1 ounce Tequila (or a bit more)
  • 1 – 1 1/3 cup vinegar

This makes a large batch! But it stores beautifully.