A flavorful hot sauce recipe made with fiery datil peppers, tomato paste, vinegar and honey, with a few extra spices tossed in for flavor. This might be your new favorite hot sauce!
Datil sauce in the house, my friends! I grew datil peppers this year in our garden and luckily for me, the plant exploded with datil peppers.
If you've never cooked with datil peppers before, and if you enjoy the heat, you owe it to yourself to either grow or rush out and get some for yourself.
Datil peppers pack the intense heat of the habanero pepper or Scotch Bonnet, but its flavor is sweeter and fruitier. Heat wise, they're right up there, measuring in at 100K-300K on the Scoville Scale.
That's some nice heat! Learn more about the Datil Pepper here.
I got so many of them this year!
Aren't they gorgeous and vibrant?
Datil pepper sauce is nice and fiery, and it's so good dashed over many, many different dishes. Use it to spice up a pot of chili, spoon over tacos or sandwiches, swirl into your next pot of stew or into your slow cooker with a nice hunk of beef or pork.
So many wonderful possibilities with this, right?
I made this hot sauce with datils, of course, and complimented them with tomato, vinegar, sweet honey, and a few additional spices to round out the flavor.
Let's talk about how we make this hot sauce, shall we?
How to Make Datil Pepper Hot Sauce - The Recipe Method
First, gather up your ingredients, which includes datil peppers, tomato paste, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, honey, garlic powder, paprika, and salt and pepper. You'll also need some water to thin out the sauce a bit to your preference, though you can also use extra vinegar if you enjoy the flavor.
Next, add all of the ingredients accept for the water to a pot and bring to a quick boil.
Reduce the heat and simmer for about 20 minutes, until the peppers soften up nicely.
Cool it slightly, then process the whole mix in a food process or blender until very smooth.
Add in water a bit at a time until it reaches your preferred consistency.
BOOM! That's it!
Such a gorgeous and SPICY hot sauce. I can't get enough of this stuff.
This recipe makes about 1 cup of unstrained hot sauce. It’s a pretty thick sauce overall, so thin it out as desired with either water or vinegar. You can also strain out some of the solids to thin it as well.
I hope you enjoy it, my friends! Let me know how it turns out for you!
Learn More About Hot Sauce Making
That's it, my friends! I hope you enjoy the hot sauce! Go cayenne!
When working with very hot chili peppers 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 Sriracha (both fermented and non-fermented varieties)
- Roasted Red Jalapeno Hot Sauce
- Cayenne Pepper Sauce
- Honey Roasted Hot Pepper Hot Sauce
- Ti-Malice – Hatian Creole Hot Sauce
- Ghost Pepper Hot Sauce
- Superhot Hot Sauce (The Hottest Damn Hot Sauce I Ever Made)
- Devil's Tongue Hot Sauce
- Homemade Tabasco Sauce
- More Hot Sauce Recipes
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.
Datil Pepper Sauce – Recipe
- 3.5 ounces datil peppers chopped (98 g) (About 40 datil peppers, depending on the size)
- 3 ounces tomato paste
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- Salt to taste
- ¼ cup water or more to thin the sauce
- Add all of the ingredients accept for the water to a pot and bring to a quick boil. If you need a bit more moisture, add a couple tablespoons of water.
- Reduce the heat and simmer for about 20 minutes, until the peppers soften up nicely.
- Cool it slightly, then process it in a food process or blender until very smooth.
- Add in water a bit at a time until it reaches your preferred consistency.