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Homemade Cilantro-Habanero Hot Sauce
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5 from 18 votes

Homemade Cilantro-Habanero Hot Sauce Recipe

Make your own spicy hot sauce at home with only 6 ingredients - habanero peppers, cilantro, lemon juice, vinegar, salt and garlic. Here is the recipe.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: habanero, hot sauce, spicy
Servings: 20
Calories: 2kcal


  • 30 habanero peppers - dehydrated peppers are good dehydrated peppers are good, too
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • Juice from 1 lemon lime juice is good, too
  • 1 clove garlic chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro add more for a more pronounced cilantro flavor
  • ½ teaspoon salt


  • If using dehydrated habanero peppers, set them into a bowl of very hot water and let them steep for 30 minutes to soften. If using fresh, stem and chop the habanero peppers. Place them into a food processor.
  • Add the remaining ingredients and process until well chopped and combined.
  • Add to a pot and bring to a quick boil. Watch out for the fumes!
  • Reduce heat and simmer about 20 minutes.
  • Remove from heat, cool. At this point, you can strain it through a sieve or toss it back into the food processor for a bit more blending.
  • Pour into a bottle and use it all up!


Heat Level: HOT.
Makes about 1.5 cups.


Calories: 2kcal | Sodium: 58mg | Vitamin A: 5IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 1mg