You might be thinking to yourself – hot sauce? Why should I make my own hot sauce? Let me tell you why- this roasted red pepper hot sauce is full of flavor. It enhances any dish from fajitas, to soup, to quinoa bowls. Yes, it’s spicy, but it also adds a complexity of flavors beyond just being “hot”. And with only 5 ingredients it’s a piece of cake to whip together.
This roasted red pepper hot sauce has only 5 ingredients – red pepper, jalapeno, garlic, apple cider vinegar and water.
A few months ago, I had a homemade hot sauce while out to dinner at a local restaurant. I couldn’t get over how delicious it was, I just kept adding more to my dish! It was refreshing to have flavors that were more than heat and vinegar. I couldn’t stop thinking about how delicious it was and knew I had to create my own. This roasted red pepper hot sauce is going to be a regular at my house.
- 1 red pepper, roasted
- 1 jalapeno, roasted
- 2 garlic gloves, roasted
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
- Roast the red pepper, jalapeno and garlic. I roasted mine on a baking sheet under the broiler. This process takes about 20 minutes in total. Turn broiler on high and place the baking sheet on the top rack of the oven. After 4 minutes, turn the garlic over. After an additional 4 minutes, remove the garlic from the oven, and turn the peppers over. After an additional 4 minutes have passed, check on the peppers. If they appear to be blackening, turn them over again. You want them to blacken as evenly as possible. After another 2 minutes (about 15-16 minutes total cooking time) remove the jalapeno from the oven and place in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let the red pepper roast for an additional 4 minutes. Once blackened (see photo above) remove from the oven and place in the bowl with the jalapeno and cover again with plastic wrap.
- Once the red pepper and jalapeno have cooled, remove from the bowl and hold under running water. Using your fingers, rub off the blackened skin from each pepper. Once finished, remove the stems and from the red pepper, remove any seeds and ribs inside.
- Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Store in the refrigerator and enjoy!
Roasting the garlic and peppers is a very easy process. Feel free to use your own judgement regarding how long to cook them and when to turn them over. Be careful not to burn the garlic, but it’s really a simple process – as they blacken, flip ’em over!
If you aren’t sure how much spice you like, add just 1/2 of the jalapeno at first. Once blended, taste and it you want more spice than add the second half of the pepper and blend again.