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Homemade Cayenne Pepper Sauce - Recipe
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Homemade Cayenne Pepper Sauce - Recipe

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.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course, Salsa
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cayenne, condiment, hot sauce, spicy
Servings: 30 teaspoons
Calories: 32kcal


  • 10 ounces cayenne chili peppers
  • 5-6 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup white wine vinegar (or more, as desired)
  • 1 teaspoon salt + more to taste


  • Chop up the cayenne peppers along with garlic cloves and add them to a pot with the vinegar and 1 teaspoon salt.
  • Bring the mix to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer everything for 20 minutes.
  • Cool the mixture slightly, then transfer it to a food processor or blender. Process it until the sauce is nice and smooth. Adjust to taste with more salt if desired
  • 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.


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.
A Note on the Sauce Thickness: Straining definitely thins out the sauce, though you can also thin it and/or stretch the sauce out by adding more vinegar or water to your preference, or perhaps another liquid, such as lime juice, stock or beer. Consider the flavor possibilities.


Calories: 32kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 164mg | Potassium: 180mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 2505IU | Vitamin C: 3.1mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 0.6mg