Chili Pepper Madness

A sweet and spicy hot sauce recipe made with fiery ghost peppers, fresh mango, citrusy pineapple and more, perfect for chicken or fish. Flat out - I can't keep these around the house long enough. They never last! Hot sauces get poured onto everything. It is AWESOME to have hot sauce around as a nice finisher. Plus, you can incorporate them into recipes. How many times have I written, "Hot Sauce of your choice" in a recipe? While not all hot sauces are alike, this recipe produces an ideal level of both sweet and heat, the perfect combination. Walking through the store the other day, I found this HUGE pile of pineapples and one accidentally spilled into my cart as I was passing by, so I figurred, OK, fine, I will cook with you. And then his friend the mango came along for the ride. I didn't want them to…
Published in Hot Sauces
Here we go again. More homemade hot sauce! This one is not for Patty, though she's been enjoying hotter anad hotter chili peppers. This one is more for me, using some nice and spicy ghost peppers, aka the bhut jolokia chili pepper. Ghost Peppers top 1 Million Scoville Heat Units, which is pretty darned hot. In a good way. That is if you're like me, who likes it crazy hot sometimes. I'm including a version of this recipe in the superhot cookbook I'm working on. I've made versions of this particular hot sauce recipe with other peppers and it always turns out because of its simplicity. It is a tomato-pepper-based sauce with only 7 ingredients, pretty hard to go wrong. It works with habanero peppers, Scotch Bonnets, larger sweet peppers, Serrano peppers, jalapeno peppers, though I tend to lean toward the more Caribbean style peppers that are sweeter. It also…
Published in Hot Sauces
July 29, 2015

Hot Pepper Relish

This very simple recipe for pickled pepper relish is great for grilling food, but also for preserving your abundant pepper harvest. Use this with any type of chili pepper. This very simple recipe for pickled pepper relish is great for any type of food you can prepare on the grill. We're talking steaks, chicken breasts, burgers, brats, even the good old hot dog. It's one of those wonder condiments that goes with so many dishes. Extra bonus - it is also a GREAT way to preserve your abundant pepper harvest. Loaded with wonderful chili peppers, a bit of onion and garlic, it packs in the flavor. Seriously, if your garden is practically exploding with chili peppers like mine does every year, consider the humble relish. The vinegar not only makes the relish delicious and somewhat sweet, it acts as a preservative, letting you keep your peppers around longer so you…
Published in Sauces
As I was working on a new superhot cookbook, I experimented with a number of homemade hot sauce recipes. That is the fun part of running a food blog, especially one dedicated in large part to chili peppers in general. I get to make all sorts of spicy recipes, particularly hot chili sauces. So very fun for me! When making hot sauce, it is easy to work up large batches and even different types of chili sauces at the same time because you can use a little bit here, a little bit there, save some and combine it with something else for an entirely different result. This particular chili sauce is a Caribbean style sweet chili sauce recipe that uses a combination of Bhut Jolokia chili peppers (aka Ghost Peppers) and some Scotch Bonnets, though I also included several long red cayenne peppers because I had them on hand and…
Published in Hot Sauces
Make your own ghost pepper hot sauce at home with this recipe, which includes plenty of chopped ghost peppers, tomatoes, vinegar and salt. Big flavor, big spice! With a pleasant blast of heat. Drizzle it over everything! Ghost pepper hot sauce coming at you, baby! You GOTTA have some ghost pepper sauce in the fridge for times when you need that extra bit of heat. Our ghost pepper plants weren't quite as productive as our 7-pot plants this year, but we still got plenty of pods for whipping up some hot sauce. Hot sauces are one of my favorite foods to make. I've become a bit fanatical about it, really. I've come to need a big variety on hand for all the different types of meals I make. You can tell by the growing collection of Hot Sauce Recipes on the web site. I've been moving into making flavors and combinations…
Published in Hot Sauces
December 02, 2016

Homemade Picante Sauce

Make your own picante-style sauce at home with this recipe, with fresh tomatoes, spicy jalapenos, tangy apple cider vinegar and more. I use this sauce on practically everything. Can be served as a sauce or a salsa. Dude! I'm excited. Why? Because we have a nice new big batch of PICANTE SAUCE in the fridge. Oh yeah! This is one of my very favorite sauces to keep around. Or is it a salsa? I will let you decide! The consistency is somewhere in between and it can be served easily as either a sauce in a bottle that you can douse over anything, or in a bowl with chips that you can serve salsa style. Doesn't it look gorgeous? So many sauces do. This one has a tongue-grabbing mix of smokiness from the chipotle peppers and tanginess from the apple cider vinegar, not to mention HEAT and FLAVOR from that…
Published in Sauces
Make your own giardiniera at home with this extra spicy recipe. I used a variety of peppers, including jalapenos, 7-pots, ghost peppers, jaloros, habaneros and Italian sweets, plus so much more. The garden is officially over. Booo! Truthfully, we had an incredibly productive season, yielding MANY LOADS of chili peppers and tomatoes this year. We were both suprised and excited by the amount produced. I finally just yesterday pulled the remaining pepper plants from the ground and gathered another 8 pounds of peppers or so. I will be chopping and freezing some (see How to Freeze Chili Peppers), dehydrating several more (see Dehydrating Chili Peppers), and cooking in general, but here is another one of my very favorite ways to use up a big batch of peppers in order to keep them longer. Homemade Spicy Giardiniera. Giardiniera is a wonder condiment, and it is an absolute MUST if you live in…
Published in Hot Sauces
These chicken wings are rubbed with ghost pepper spice then baked to crispy perfection, served with a buffalo-blue cheese sauce and crumbled blue cheese. Here is the recipe. Time for something extra spicy today, friends and chili pepper lovers. We're talking ghost pepper hot. Do you have a favorite buffalo wing joint? Most people do. I have a few different favorites, depending on my mood, though each one is different. Some focus on the rubs, some focus on the sauce, though the one thing almost all of them have in common is that they deep fry everything. I've mentioned in the past, I don't mind frying, but prefer to stay away from it when I'm at home. So for this chicken wing recipe, we're baking them. Yes! I present to you, Crispy Baked Ghost Pepper Chicken Wings. Just look at these babies. Don't they look nice and crispy? The chicken wing…
Published in Chicken Wings Recipes
1,000,000 + Scoville Heat Units. Yep, these babies were officially the hottest peppers around, topping the Red Savina Habanero. It was awarded the distinction of World's Hottest of All Spices by the Guinness World Records in 2006, though was eventually toppled several times over.
Published in Superhot Chili Peppers
A recipe for quick and easy chicken curry made extra spicy with an addition of ghost pepper and other chili peppers. Chili Pepper Madness style. We're truly spicing up your traditional chicken curry recipe over here at Chili Pepper Madness by bringing in the wonderul bhut jolokia, aka Ghost Pepper. Chicken curry is one of those super quick-to-make recipes, something you can easily have done in 30 minutes or less. Even I, a cook who takes forever in the kitchen, can whip this dish out fairly quickly. It makes for a fast tasty lunch on those busy work days, or a quick dinner when you're really in the mood to plop down in front of the television with the latest release. You're probably already familiar with the ghost pepper, but if you're not, beware. It is consider a "superhot" chili pepper, over a million Scoville Heat Units, so yes, this…
Published in Chicken
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