Chili Pepper Sauces for National Sauce Month

March is National Sauce Month

March is National Sauce Month

March is “National Sauce Month” and that is newsworthy at Chili Pepper Madness. We’re sure you’ve heard such phrases as “The Sauce is the Boss” and “The Secret is in the Sauce”. A great sauce can turn a simple, average meal into a stunning palate pleaser, something you are unlikely to forget. Chili peppers are ideal for numerous types of sauces. They play nice with other ingredients, bring both astonishing flavor and heat range, and stand alone perfectly well on their own.

Below are links to many of our sauce recipes, along with some favorites.

Chipotle-Bacon-Bourbon Barbecue Sauce

Chipotle-Bacon-Bourbon Barbecue Sauce

Chipotle-Bacon-Bourbon Barbecue Sauce

This homemade barbecue sauce brings a wonderful smoky spice with the chipotle peppers and bacon, but it’s also slightly sweet from the sugars. It is nice and thick and will stick to your serving focus nicely. Get the grills ready!

Ingredients

  • 1 7-ounce can chipotle peppers in adobo
  • 4 ounces bacon, chopped
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 6 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 tablespoons Jim Beam bourbon
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 2 teaspoons ground chili guajillo
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons fresh minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard seeds
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Cooking Directions

  1. Heat a large saucepan to medium heat and add bacon. Cook about 5 minutes, stirring often.
  2. Add onion and cook 3 more minutes, stirring often, until bacon is nice and crisp.
  3. Add garlic and cook 1 more minute, or until garlic browns nicely.
  4. Add remaining ingredients and mix well.
  5. Bring sauce to a boil and reduce heat to low. Simmer 30 minutes with an occasional stir. The sauce will slightly thicken.
  6. Serve!

NOTE: You can serve this warm right from the pan or allow it to cool and serve at room temperature.

Chunky Garden Vegetable Sauce

Chunky Garden Vegetable Sauce from JalapenoMadness.com

Chunky Garden Vegetable Sauce from JalapenoMadness.com

This is a great simple sauce if you have fresh vegetables from your garden and you’re not sure what to do with all of them. This particular recipe serves 2, so if you have a load of vegetables and a big family (or big party coming up), you’re all set! We like to serve this with pasta, but try using it as a dip with garlic bread.

Ingredients

  • 1 8 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 4 Roma tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, chopped
  • 2 Serrano peppers, chopped
  • 1 bunch fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Directions

  1. To a sauce pan, add olive oil, garlic, tomato sauce, tomatoes, peppers and basil.
  2. Simmer over medium heat about 1/2 hour (longer for a fuller flavor)

This recipe is a great alternative to traditional pesto sauce. We served this with vermicelli noodles and then topped it with tilapia. You can check out the recipe at SeafoodMadness.com.

Links for Great Spicy Sauce Recipes

Want to try more spicy chili pepper sauces? Try our downloadable ebook – “Chili Pepper Madness: Strictly Sauces”

Chili Pepper Madness: Strictly Sauces

Chili Pepper Madness: Strictly Sauces

Download the “Chili Pepper Madness: Strictly Sauces” ebook – more information

Enjoy your chili pepper sauces!

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About Mike from Madness

Mike Hultquist is a chili pepper and spicy food enthusiast with an insane desire to play in the kitchen. He's all about cooking with chili peppers, but also loves chili pepper gardening, preserving, and experimenting with new and creative ways to incorporate spicy food into life. He's also a produced screenwriter, novelist, food writer and web site developer.
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