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28 September 2018

A recipe to make your own homemade cayenne pepper sauce in your own kitchen, with store bought or garden grown cayenne peppers, garlic, vinegar and salt. It’s super easy and super flavorful.

Cayenne pepper sauce is by far one of the most popular hot sauce varieties in the U.S. You’ll see it packed into specialty hot sauce bottles all over the place, and there are some pretty famous cayenne pepper sauce products out there.

Perhaps you’ve heard of some of them – Frank’s RedHot? Original Louisiana Hot Sauce? Crystal?

Yeah, some big names out there making some pretty awesome cayenne sauces. I love them all. The thing is, when your garden is EXPLODING with several cayenne pepper type varieties, you really gotta make some yourself, because if there’s anything better than hot sauce, my friends, it is Homemade Hot Sauce!

YES!

So yeah, we’re talking Homemade Cayenne Pepper Sauce and it’s fabulous.

Homemade Cayenne Pepper Sauce - Made with lots of home grown garden cayenne peppers

BOOM!

I’m making this particular sauce purely with cayenne peppers, though I’m adding in some garlic for a bit of extra flavor. I flat out LOVE garlic in sauces.

Brings it over the edge for sure.

About the Cayenne Peppers

You may have heard of cayenne chili peppers, but there are also a number of cayenne types out there, so you don’t have to limit yourself to what you find in the stores.

Check these babies out, picked straight from my garden.

A handful of Cayenne Peppers

Don’t get me wrong. Store bought cayenne peppers are outstanding for this sauce, but I’ve made with this other cayenne types that I grew in my own garden, like the ones above, including:

Yes, I’ve even made this Cayenne Buist’s, which are yellow pods, and the hot sauce came out great. It’s a super simple base recipe, but that’s the great thing about it.

You’re free to play around with it and include other ingredients to your preference.

So let’s talk about how we make this sauce, shall we?

How to Make Cayenne Pepper Sauce – The Recipe Method

First, gather up your cayenne peppers. Clean and dry them.

Chop up the cayenne peppers along with garlic cloves and add them to a pot with white wine vinegar and a bit of salt.

Bring the mix to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer everything for 20 minutes. The peppers and garlic will be nicely softened.

Cool the mixture slightly, then transfer it to a food processor or blender. Process it until the sauce is nice and smooth.

Strain the sauce through a fine sieve if you’d like a smoother sauce, or pour it into bottles as-is for a thicker sauce.

Done! Simple enough, right?

Some Recipes Notes and Information on Yields

My included recipe yields 5 ounces of strained sauce, which is the size of a typical hot sauce bottle. To make enough strained cayenne pepper sauce to fill a 5 ounce bottle, you’ll need to start with 10 ounces of cayenne peppers, 6 garlic cloves, and 1/2 cup of vinegar. Plus some salt.

This is approximate, but should get you quite close. And note again that this is STRAINED. Unstrained, the above measurements will yield you about 1-1/3 cups of cayenne pepper sauce.

Straining definitely thins out the sauce, though you can also thin it and/or stretch the sauce out by adding more vinegar or water, or perhaps another liquid, such as lime juice or beer. Consider the flavor possibilities.

Just be sure to weigh out your peppers first based on how much you’re looking to make.

Fermented vs. Non-Fermented Cayenne Pepper Sauce

As you’ll see, this is a fresh pepper hot sauce, meaning I did not ferment it. I have no preference over fermented or non-fermented hot sauces, as either has their advantages, though fermenting your peppers first does mellow them out considerably.

If you’re interested in fermenting, check out my post on How to Ferment Chili Peppers, and simply incorporate them into the recipe below.

Learn More About Hot Sauce Making

How to Make Hot Sauce - The Ultimate Guide
How to Make Hot Sauce – The Ultimate Guide

That’s it, my friends! I hope you enjoy the hot sauce! Go cayenne!

Safety Advice

When working with very hot chili peppers peppers, including superhot chili peppers, it is important to wear gloves when handling the peppers both in raw and dried forms. The oils can get on your skin and cause burning sensations.

Need help? How to Stop the Chili Pepper Burn On Your Skin.

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. I hope you find it helpful!

Try Some of My Other Popular Hot Sauce Recipes

Homemade Cayenne Pepper Sauce - Ready to Eat

If you enjoy this recipe, I hope you’ll leave a comment with some STARS. Also, please share it on social media. Don’t forget to tag us at #ChiliPepperMadness. I’ll be sure to share! Thanks! — Mike H.

Homemade Cayenne Pepper Sauce - Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 
A recipe to make your own homemade cayenne pepper sauce in your own kitchen, with store bought or garden grown cayenne peppers, garlic, vinegar and salt. It's super easy and super flavorful.
Course: Main Course, Salsa
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cayenne, condiment, hot sauce, spicy
Servings: 30 teaspoons
Calories: 32 kcal
Ingredients
  • 10 ounces cayenne chili peppers
  • 5-6 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup white wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
Instructions
  1. Chop up the cayenne peppers along with garlic cloves and add them to a pot with thee vinegar and a bit of salt.

  2. Bring the mix to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer everything for 20 minutes.
  3. Cool the mixture slightly, then transfer it to a food processor or blender. Process it until the sauce is nice and smooth.
  4. Strain the sauce through a fine sieve if you'd like a smoother sauce, or pour it into bottles as-is for a thicker sauce.
Recipe Notes

Heat Factor: Medium. Cayennes have a fairly decent level of heat.

See the recipe discussion for notes about straining and how it affects the amount of finished hot sauce.

Nutrition Facts
Homemade Cayenne Pepper Sauce - Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 32
% Daily Value*
Sodium 164mg 7%
Potassium 180mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 3g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 50.1%
Vitamin C 3.8%
Calcium 0.5%
Iron 3.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
A recipe to make your own homemade cayenne pepper sauce in your own kitchen, with store bought or garden grown cayenne peppers, garlic, vinegar and salt. It's super easy and super flavorful. #CayenneSauce #HotSauce #Cayenne #Condiment #Spicy

8 comments

  1. Hi Mike. Im looking at smoking some defrosted chillies from last summers crop and making a sauce. Have Cayennes and some hot carribean mixed chillies. Would this recipe work or would you make adjustments?

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Hey, Jason. I have a page on How to Smoke Chili Peppers that will let you know exactly what you need to do. Basically, smoke the peppers then finish them off in the dehydrator and grind them. Let me know how it works out for you.

  2. Mike, Do you think I could mix Habeneros with Cayennes for this sauce? Trying to use up the last of the peppers in my garden 🙂 Thanks!

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Liz, absolutely!! You’ll get some extra kick for sure! Let know how it comes out for you.

  3. Jake Daeffler

    Would straining affect the level of heat in the sauce or does it permeate through the cooking process?

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Jake, it will permeate through the sauce, so straining really won’t affect the heat. Enjoy!

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