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Homemade Red Hot Sauce recipe

In Mexico, the bottled hot sauce is used every day to spice up street fares such as potato chips, fruit cocktails, popcorn, and other fried foods sold as snacks in plastic bags. It is also used in some seafood cocktail preparations and alcoholic drinks. I hope you enjoy this delicious recipe.
Course Salsas
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 21 Tbs (1-⅓ cup)
Calories 4kcal


  • 20 Arbol peppers About 10 grams, seeds removed*
  • 3 Guajillo peppers About 15 grams, deveined and seeds removed
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 3 cups of water
  • cup white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Mexican oregano
  • ½ teaspoon ground Cumin
  • ½ teaspoon thyme*
  • ½ teaspoon marjoram
  • 1 clove
  • 6 peppercorns
  • Salt to taste


  • Place the arbol peppers, guajillo peppers, and garlic in a saucepan with the water. Turn the heat to high, and once the water starts boiling, turn the heat down and simmer for about 20 minutes, or until peppers are very soft. Due to the fumes, the peppers will give off, make sure your windows are open or turn on the exhaust fan.
  • Remove saucepan from heat and allow to drop to room temperature. Once it has cooled, place the peppers, garlic, spices, dried herbs, vinegar, and one cup of the cooking water into a blender. Puree until you have a very fine texture.
  • Pour this mixture into a glass container using a strainer, to remove any pieces of pepper skins left.
  • Pour the mixture into the saucepan again, turn to medium-high heat, and gently simmer for about 5 minutes. This is just enough time to reduce the salsa to the desired consistency and allow the spices’ flavors to blend. Again, don’t forget to have the windows open and/or the kitchen exhaust fan on.
  • Allow cooling. Pour the sauce into a sterilized bottle and secure with an airtight cap or lid.
  • You can use this sauce immediately, although the flavors will be better about two weeks later. This sauce can last stored in your refrigerator for about 6 months. Enjoy!


*You can adjust the spiciness of the sauce according to your personal taste; Arbol peppers are hot, while guajillo peppers are very mild.
** If you don’t have the thyme and marjoram, you can still have a great salsa by just using the cumin and oregano.
You will need glass bottles.


Serving: 0.5tbsp | Calories: 4kcal | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 18mg | Vitamin A: 260IU | Vitamin C: 0.5mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 0.1mg