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28 October 2016

A recipe for Ti-Malice, a popular Caribbean hot sauce originating from Haiti, typically made with Scotch Bonnet chili peppers. It has an interesting origin story in Haitian folklore and has many variations. This is one of our favorite ways to make it.

It’s time for more hot sauce, my friends! We keep running out of hot sauce in the fridge, so I need to constantly replenish the stock. You know how we are with our hot sauce recipes. Can’t help myself! Today we’re going Caribbean style, Haitian in particular, because I acquired some amazing Scotch Bonnet peppers.

These are Scotch Bonnet Freeport Orange peppers. They are very fruity chiles with a habanero level heat, so use accordingly.

They will surely bring you a beautiful spice level!

Ti-Malice - Haitian Creole Hot Sauce - Recipe


While the taste is excellent, what I love most about this hot sauce is the story behind it. Haiti is rich in folklore, particularly with two famous characters who are the antithesis of one another – Ti-Malice and Bouki.

The Folkore Behind Ti-Malice Hot Sauce – The Real Story

According to the story, Ti-Malice and Bouki are two great friends that are constantly at odds.

Ti-Malice is a witty trickster character, while his nemesis, Bouki, is hardworking but somewhat greedy. Ti-Malice would prepare himself meat for his lunch each day, and each day Bouki would “just so happen” to appear at Ti-Malice’s home around that time, obligating Ti-Malice to share his meal.

One day, in order to outsmart Bouki and deter him from wanting his food, Ti-Malice prepares a very hot sauce and pours it over the meat. It backfired, however, as Bouki LOVED the hot sauce so much and even bragged all over town about the oustanding hot sauce Ti-Malice made just for him.

Hence, the name of the sauce “Ti-Malice”, which is still popular today.

Ti-Malice Varieties – A Hot Sauce You Can Adjust to Your Own Tastes

There are many variations of this recipe, as you can imagine. Each household makes their own version. The ingredients I’ve used in our sauce are typical, but other variations include the addition of herbs like thyme or parsley, cloves, chicken broth, tomatoes, and other chili peppers like habaneros.

Some variations replace the hotter peppers, like habanero and Scotch Bonnet, with milder peppers to reduce the heat. You can easily do this yourself if you’d like to tame the flame.

Also, many variations do not process their sauce, but rather serve it in a bowl with a chunky consistency. I prefer it processed so it will serve more as a hot sauce that I can pour. The choice is yours! I hope you enjoy the recipe. Serve it over meats, such as chicken or fish.

Check out my other Hot Sauce Recipes, too.

Frequently Asked Hot Sauce Questions

Here are answers to some of the most common questions I get on other sauces:

How long will this sauce keep?

It should keep a few months easily in the fridge, or even longer. It’s all about the acidity. To be technical, target level ph for shelf stable foods is below 4.6 ph, but should probably be lower for home cooks, around 4.0 or so, to account for errors. If you’re concerned, add more vinegar to lower the ph. Sauces made with fermented chili peppers will last even longer.

The best ph meters that I recommend are from Thermoworks. Get yourself a ph meter from Thermoworks today. I am a happy affiliate.

Where’d you get that sauce bottle?

I find them locally sometimes, but I also order through Amazon. Here is a link to some bottles I like (affiliate link, my friends!): Swing Top Glass Bottles, 8.5 Ounce – Set of 4. If you like the smaller bottles that most hot sauce makers use, here’s another link: Hot Sauce Bottles, 5 Oz – 24 Pack.

Can I process this hot sauce for longer storage?

Absolutely. Just be sure to use proper canning/jarring safety procedures.

What should I do with hot sauce?

Aside from drizzling it over anything you please, here’s a post I did about How to Cook with Hot Sauce. As if you need even MORE reasons to eat hot sauce. I hope you find it helpful!

Check out These Related Recipes:

Check out more Hot Sauce Recipes or learn more about How to Make Hot Sauce.

Ti-Malice - Haitian Creole Hot Sauce - Recipe

If you try this recipe, please let us know! Leave a comment, rate it and tag a photo #ChiliPepperMadness on Instagram so we can take a look. I always love to see all of your spicy inspirations. Thanks! — Mike H.

Ti-Malice - Haitian Creole Hot Sauce - Recipe
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Ti-Malice - Haitian Creole Hot Sauce - Recipe

A recipe for Ti-Malice, a popular Caribbean hot sauce originating from Haiti, typically made with Scotch Bonnet chili peppers. It has an interesting origin story in Haitian folklore and has many variations. This is one of our favorite ways to make it.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: hot sauce, recipe, spicy, video
Servings: 32
Calories: 4kcal


  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 2 Scotch Bonnet peppers or 2 habanero peppers, chopped
  • ½ small red bell pepper or sweet pepper chopped
  • 3 garlic clove chopped
  • 2 tablespoon tomato paste
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • Juice from half a lemon
  • 1 cups water or more as desired


  • Heat a saucepan to medium heat and add oil. Add onion and peppers and cook about 5 minutes.
  • Add garlic and cook another minute.
  • Add remaining ingredients and bring to a quick boil. Reduce heat and simmer about 20 minutes.
  • Cool then transfer to a food processor or blender. Process until smooth.
  • Adjust for salt and pepper. Transfer to bottles for keeping. Enjoy!



Heat Factor: Hot. You'll get some good spice with this one!


Serving: 1teaspoon | Calories: 4kcal | Sodium: 8mg | Potassium: 22mg | Vitamin A: 80IU | Vitamin C: 3.8mg | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 0.1mg


  1. Thank you for this recipe. I’m Haitian and never heard this story, I love the culture representation. I remember seeing this pepper sauce growing up but I don’t remember trying them. Although my body doesn’t like pepper, I have to try this.

  2. 4 stars
    Made this one today, first time I really love a self made hot sauce. Made 2 bottles, one already half gone 🙂
    Used madame jeannette pepers for it.

    Going to try some variations soon with lemongrass or djoeroek peroet, seems to me those flavors are nice to combine

  3. 5 stars
    Great story Mike, love it!
    Ti-Malice is french-creole that means something like “lil (little) mischief”. Gorgeous sauce, love it! its little lemon taste is heavenly! I made it with cheiro roxa and white ghost peppers!

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Thanks, Jeremie! Yep, I love this one. Excellent flavor. The stories with Ti-Malice and Bouki are quite funny.

  4. Hey Mike, I found this more like a chilli sauce than a hot sauce. The picture you have listed is what I wanted to make but with the tomato paste it really changes the actual hot sauce flavour. Do you have recipes for the sauce listed?
    Thanks so much

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Hey, Michael. You most likely just need some more water and/or vinegar to thin it out. Try that and let me know if that helps.

  5. This was delicious. I made with Hawaiian chili peppers that grows abundant in my garden. I had enough Hawaiian chili water, now venturing off into hot sauces as I eat it with everything. Great recipe. Will try your other variations. Thank you!

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Excellent, Chari! I love it. Glad you enjoyed it.

  6. Leo Charles

    5 stars

    Lovely recipe. Is there anyway to replace the tomato paste with something else that resembles it? it takes me like 15 minutes to get a single tablespoon out of a tomato lol Thanks!

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Thanks, Leo. Yes, you can actually use fresh chopped tomato, but simmer the sauce a bit longer to reduce it a bit more to your liking. Enjoy!

  7. Hey Mike!
    Just wondering what kind of onion you use for this? I know it’s usually white onion for this kind of thing. If all I have on hand is brown onions, do you think they would do the trick, or would it miss the mark a little?

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Hi, Sarah. Yes, you can use a brown or yellow onion for this. No problem at all. It really won’t affect the flavor much at all. Let me know how it turns out for you.

  8. Logan Wilhite

    This looks like a great recipe and I’m going to try it soon. I’m going to be making the sauce for sale at my local farmer’s market put under Texas cottage law it can’t contain any tomato product. Is there anything that I could substitute for the 2 tablespoons of tomato paste?

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Logan, you can swap in extra peppers and make more of a pure pepper sauce. I think that would work just fine. Good luck!

  9. Mike – might you have any of these particular seeds left? Scotch Bonnets are our fav’s for great flavored sauces, but I have been unable to find a source for the Freeport Orange variety.
    Thanks a bunch, and PLEASE keep up the recipes!

  10. I have kind of a basic question, but do you take out the seeds & ribs before adding the habanero peppers? Or do you leave those in?

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Natalie, no, you do not have to remove them. You can if you’d like, though. Removing the pepper innards will reduce the overall heat a bit. The choice is yours. Enjoy!

  11. 5 stars
    Thanks for the recipe Mike, it was my first time making any chilli sauce, it turned out great and is delicious!

    Many thanks from Sweden 🙂

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Awesome, Miles! Super happy it turned out for you! Thanks!


    4 stars
    I grow Carolina Reapers,How do you think they would work ,Start up you can’t eat your sauce might be the ticket .JT in Az.

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      5 stars
      Jerry, Reapers would work nicely in this sauce. Let me know how it turns out.

  13. Would dried peppers work in this recipe? I prefer fresh, but I can’t seem to find any place that sells hot peppers near me.

    REPLY: Shaye, yes, you can rehydrate the peppers then make this sauce. I would lightly toast them in a dry, hot pan first, then rehydrate. Let me know how it turns out for you. — Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

  14. Made this one for Christmas gifts last year & it went down a storm. Planning on making some more this weekend.

  15. COuld you scale this up? Like maybe 10 bottles?

    REPLY: Emelio, yes, thiswould easily scale. Good luck! — Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

  16. How long does this sauce last?

    REPLY: Kinkin, this will last several months or longer in the refrigerator. — Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

  17. I love to eat hot sauce with all my meals including breakfast and really enjoy trying different flavor and the hotter the better.

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      5 stars
      That’s GREAT, Yassine. Glad to hear it!

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