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
2 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.
mince finely and start sautéing in a few tsp of oil until translucent.
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.
Cook down for a few minutes and add the chopped peppers.
Add about 2 cups of water.
Cover and Simmer…
Keep on simmering until everything is fully cooked and soft.
Juice two limes
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 😉
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.
and there you have it!
Jalapeño 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
- 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.