Incredible Hot Sauce Recipe
By Lesley Bracker
, last updated March 7, 2011
Making your own incredible hot sauce is easy, so why not give it a try with a great recipe! You can use it on everything from eggs to vegetable dip to sauteed vegetables, after all, it's a condiment.
The master hot sauce chef is probably Rick Bayless, who owns restaurants all over the country, from Red O in Los Angeles, to Frontera Grill in Chicago, a James Beard award winning restaurant. Rick is famous for introducing Mexican cuisine to America (away from the border), in his restaurants and on his television show, Mexican Kitchen. His cookbook, Authentic Mexican: Regional Cooking From The Heart of Mexico is still a bestseller. The New York Times’s legendary Craig Claiborne hailed this work as the "greatest contribution to the Mexican table imaginable."
A favorite is his habanero sauce. Be careful with this sauce - it's hot!
- 5 cloves garlic, unpeeled
- 1/2 cup peeled, roughly chopped carrot
- 1/2 cup roughly chopped white onion
- 12 medium (about 5 ounces) orange habanero chiles, stemmed
- 1 cup apple cider vinegar
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1/4 teaspoon sugar
Roast the garlic in a skillet over medium heat, keep turning it so that it is soft throughout, and black in spots, 10 to 15 minutes. Cool and peel.
Combine the onion, carrot and habanero chiles with 1 cup of water and the apple cider vinegar, in a saucepan. Simmer over medium heat, partially covered, for about ten minutes (carrots should be tender). Pour into a blender, adding the roasted garlic, salt and sugar and blend until smooth. Thin to personal preference, with water, and add salt to taste.
Pour into jars or bottles and store in the refrigerator.