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19 January 2018

Get this recipe for spicy pepper sauce made with fiery Scotch Bonnet peppers and a mix of Jamaican seasonings. Great for chicken and seafood.

I grew a SLEW of Scotch Bonnet peppers last year. Holy WOW were my plants productive. I typically grow anywhere from 15 to 20 varieties of peppers, a mixture of my favorites and new peppers I want to try and play with.

Scotch Bonnets are one of my favorites that I grow most years. They have a good level of heat, very similar to a habanero pepper, along with the duo qualities of being both fruity and somewhat sweet.

It’s the ideal trifecta for me, really – Fruity, Hot and Sweet. Yeah, baby! Give me that any day of the week.

Learn more about Scotch Bonnet Chili Peppers.

Jamaican Scotch Bonnet Pepper Sauce – Recipe

When they’re so CRAZY productive, you’ll never really go through them cooking one or two into a dish. You need to make yourself some sauces to use them up.

Like this one — Jamaican Scotch Bonnet Pepper Sauce.


Jamaican Scotch Bonnet Pepper Sauce – Recipe

This is a recipe that begs to take your chicken or seafood to the next level.

Our Ingredients

The ingredients include some you’ll need to head to the store for – chayote, pineapple, mango, cucumber, along with onion, carrot, garlic, pickled jalapenos, lime juice, cumin, salt and vinegar – and plenty of Scotch Bonnets, of course.

It’s a flavorful combo that comes together in a particularly fiery sauce, taking you to the Caribbean.

How to Make Jamaican Scotch Bonnet Pepper Sauce – The Recipe Method

It’s super easy to make. Just add all of the ingredients to a blender or food processor and process it all up until fairly smooth.

Next, simmer it in a big pot for an hour to let the flavors mingle and develop.

Finally, cool the mixture and set it into a sealable container. I let mine sit in the fridge at least a day before using, allowing the flavors to mingle even further.

Uses for Jamaican Scotch Bonnet Pepper Sauce

You can use it as a marinade for your chicken or fish, or as more of a finishing sauce, or both! It’s also great for swirling a few tablespoons into soups, stews or other sauces to give them a bit of a fiery kick and blast of flavor.

I hope you enjoy it. Let me know if you make it! – Mike H.

A few notes on making hot sauce.

Adjusting the Hot Sauce Heat Factor

If you’d like to dial back the heat level, skip the habanero pepper. You can also reduce or skip the serranos, and go with jalapeno peppers only. You’ll still get a nice kick from them.

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.

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. LOL. I hope you find it helpful!

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

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Jamaican Scotch Bonnet Pepper 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.

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Jamaican Scotch Bonnet Pepper Sauce – Recipe

Get this recipe for spicy pepper sauce made with fiery Scotch Bonnet peppers and a mix of Jamaican seasonings. Great for chicken and seafood.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Calories: 52kcal


  • 10 Scotch Bonnet peppers chopped
  • 1 large white onion chopped
  • 1 small carrot peeled and chopped
  • 1 chayote peeled and chopped
  • ½ cucumber chopped
  • 1 mango peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup chopped pineapple
  • 5 cloves garlic chopped
  • ½ cup pickled jalapeno peppers chopped
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • Juice from 2 limes plus lime zest


  • Add all of the ingredients to a food processor or blender and process until nice and smooth.
  • Transfer the mixture to a large pot and bring to a quick boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 1 hour to let the flavors mingle.
  • Cool, then transfer to a container and seal. Refrigerate at least 1 day to let flavors develop.


Makes about 1 quart.
Heat Factor: Hot, though you can easily dial back on the Scotch Bonnet peppers if you'd like a milder version.


Calories: 52kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 654mg | Potassium: 241mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 2005IU | Vitamin C: 41.4mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 0.9mg
Jamaican Scotch Bonnet Pepper Sauce - Recipe



    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      A couple peppers, Linda? Yes, of course. Many people make hot vinegar this way.

  1. This will be my first try at growing around 15 plants so anyway to help me use them is a godsend!

  2. Mike, my Mom has been making a simple scotch bonnet pepper sauce for decades that family and friends swear by – a must have when travelling abroad to visit family.

    Hers is mustard based and includes vinegar, garlic and salt. We’ve talked about commercializing it for a long time, and 2020 will see it launched in Trinidad through a small batch set up. You will see from our website that we are actually an advertising agency called pepper, a name that was inspired by my Mom’s talent with turning peppers into something really special. We will add info on our sauces to the website once we launch.

    We also plan to do seasonal versions that take advantage of an abundant variety of fresh fruits and spices on our island.

    We don’t plan to add any preservatives, so it will need to be refrigerated. In T&T we love pepper sauce and some people even have food with their pepper sauce, rather than the other way round.

    Thanks for your passion for pepper. Will let you know how it goes.

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Sounds wonderful, Dennis! Yes, please keep me informed of your progress. The sauce sounds great. Good luck with your endeavors!

  3. 5 stars
    I substituted with butternut squash no cucumber about 13 Scotch bonnets that I harvested from my garden last week before the freeze some green most yellow one ghost pepper and some jalapenos from my garden too frozen mango canned pineapple (added the juice) came out excellent ! I got more peppers in those green bags I’m gonna make more!

  4. I really want to make this but is there a substitute for chayote? I can’t find it anywhere near me here up north, and I’m kinds skeptical about ordering it from eBay .

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Trina, try a summer squash as a good substitute. Let me know how it turns out for you.

  5. Made this with bonnets and Serrano’s stripped of seeds and membranes. Used a ripe banana vs pineapple.
    Outcome was a semi hot fruity sauce that was fantastic on chicken and with chips

    Making a second batch today will leave seeds and membranes to heaven it up a bit.


  6. 4 stars
    Great combo and recipe BUT COOK IT ALL WHOLE!!!! Then put in a blender at the end. That is how we do it on the island but I hear you. Great combo and pairing, Chayote DEFINITELY underrated yet very needed!!

  7. This looks fantastic!!! I made something similar recently but I used Ghost peppers and habaneros as I didn’t have Scotch Bonnets. I’ve never even seen them around here aside from bottled in a sauce in the local groceries. The recipe I found was posted by Chris De La Rosa his channel, carribeanpot on YouTube (Traditional Caribbean Peppersauce (hot sauce) Recipe). I made a half batch so about 2 cups of chopped peppers and I used 6 to 8 (I can’t remember exactly at this point…I have to write this stuff down) Ghost peppers and rest was a about 3/5 chopped Habaneros and the other 2/5 was a mix of chopped red, yellow and orange sweet bell peppers. The sauce is super simple, chopped hot peppers, culantro (I used cilantro as I didn’t have culantro as suggested), crushed garlic cloves, juice of a lime (I didn’t halve this) and a teas. of sea salt (didn’t halve this either) and just a 1/2 cup of white vinegar. The chopped veggies were run through a vintage Mince-O-Matic 7 that I picked up from a local second hand peddlers mall for $2.50 and it produced the perfect consistency without having to gauge pulsing and stirring to make sure it wasn’t just a soupy puree. I let it sit in a jar on the counter for about 2 days and then a week and a half in the fridge before touching it other than a very small taste and HOLY COW this stuff is hot! It has soooooo much flavor too. It has a very fruity flavor but the heat is crazy. I’ve used it to add to a chilli I made recently It was canned beef chilli, canned diced tomato and canned black beans (drained). None of them was spicy at all. I just opened the cans, poured them into a pot and got them bubbling hot. I added 1 teas. to a hearty bowl and WOW that’s some good stuff. It totally turned a quick average, OK tasting guilty treat into a tasty, sweat inducing meal and seconds were in order for sure. I’ve repeated the same thing chilli/sauce mix again and it was just as amazing.

    I have made a second batch and it’s larger and less bell peppers and more Ghosts and I will need to temper it down a notch as it is like lava in a jar. It used 3 cups of peppers and there were 12 to 16 Ghosts in that, more Habaneros and very little bell peppers. I will tone that down a bit and I’ll fill some hot sauce bottles and can it to store long term. It’s my first really successful hot sauce and I’m proud. It’ll make a great base for serious salsa with just tomatoes or tomatillos and onion.

      1. It is! I have more than enough to last me. I need to find someone to give a bottle too but I don’t know anyone around here that likes heat like this. I might can some. I’m sure it will just get better with time. If mailing it was reasonable I’d send you a bottle HAHA!

        One of the best things about your site and the others that are somewhat similar is being able to share ideas and recipes and the general love of all things spicy.

        1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

          Thanks, Jason! I do love keeping it spicy! Have a good one!


      I made a pico with ghost pepper before! So hot I almost threw away! My 19 year old has a iron gut!

  8. This sounds so good, I will use pickled jalapeno peppers that I have canned. My question is can I can this recipe, can bath, maybe 15 min.? Think it will stay good ? Should I add a little more vinegar to be safe? Any comment would be appreciated,

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Thanks, Mike. Yes, I believe you can can this recipe, but I would check the PH first. For home use, it’s best at 4.0 or below. Let me know how it goes!

  9. Hello,
    I’m anxious to try your scotch bonnet hot sauce recipes. My favorite hot sauce of all time was one I bought in Jamaica called MyDad’s Scotch Bonnet pepper sauce. It was available one time in CA but I can’t find it anymore. I would LOVE to replicate it. Have you ever had it by chance?

      1. 5 stars
        I’m excited about trying this one! I’ll probably leave out the pickled jalapeños though. I’ll let you know how I like it. Nothing beats Scotch Bonnet peppers for taste to me. Well, I love Serranos too. ????
        Can’t tell you how much I enjoy this site!!

  10. Hi there, I’d like to make this sauce but can you advise how long it will keep in the refrigerator?

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Lee, this sauce should keep a few months easily in the fridge, or even longer. It’s all about the acidity. The 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. I hope this helps!

  11. Hi Mike,
    I really want to make this but all I have left from the garden is ghost & habanero peppers. Would either work with this recipe or is it best with scotch bonnet?


    REPLY: Brian, this recipe will work great with habaneros. Let me know how it turns out for you! — Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

  12. Larry Brooke

    Do have a recipe for Bajan hot sauce (Barbados’s)

    REPLY: Larry, I’ll have to work on that soon. — Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

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