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Category Five Hot Sauce Recipe
  • READY IN 15 mins

Category Five Hot Sauce

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"This flavorful homemade hot sauce can be substituted in any recipe calling for Tabasco or Louisiana Hot Sauce. It's great on foods to add a lot of flavor and heat."

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Original recipe makes 3 cups Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    5 mins

    15 mins


  1. Bring the vinegar to a boil in a large saucepan. Cook the serrano peppers and habanero peppers in the vinegar for 3 minutes. Transfer to a blender; add the onion powder, garlic, pepper, and chili powder. Blend starting on low speed and increasing the speed gradually until smooth, about 3 minutes total.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 25, 2008

Wow-oh-Wow!! Great hot sauce! My husband has always wanted to try making hot sauce at home and this turned out great. I had to substitute some jalapenos, just because I couldn't find all the serranos we needed. Just a few suggestions for those new to the world of hot peppers...(1) wear kitchen gloves when taking off the stems (2)remove some or all of the seeds to reduce the heat and (3)wait awhile (and don't inhale) before taking the lid off that blender! Thanks for a great recipe!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Apr 07, 2008

NOT EDIBLE! The recipe needs to be revised to remove all seeds. I used the exact amount of peppers called for, leaving guts in since it didn't call for removal. I put a drop on my tongue and I swear this is poisonous!!! I love spicy food, and I POUR chili powder on Thai cuisine, and this is UNEDIBLE as written. Sorry, 1 star for a waste of my money. (fwiw, I reserved about 1/4 cup and quadrupled with Odwalla mango juice... still hotter than heck!)

Sep 08, 2009

This was my first attempt ever making any type of hot sauce. I chose this recipe because of the high quantity of habanero peppers, I like my food hot. I was amazed by how flavorful this sauce is, though I would assume that if you can't handle the heat you won't taste the flavor. I have made two batches of the sauce, the first without seeds and membrane and while delicious in flavor, it didn't pack the punch I was looking for. Round two was better, leaving in all seeds and membranes, I only removed the stems. I shall be making this again, though I could only find a couple people at work that would eat it. Guess that leaves more for me. Oh, and I did reduce the vinegar by about 1/3, not too keen on vinegar hot sauces.

Jan 28, 2010

great hot sauce for people who like it hot, not for the people who think they like it hot.

Jan 20, 2011

AWESOME!!! Added extra garlic, & some fresh lime juice, served it with a self serve taco bar at a party I hosted, & people just loved it!!! Also, used Chipotle powder in lieu of regular chili powder, & gave it a shot of Applewood liquid smoke! Fantastic recipe!!!

Oct 26, 2010

This is a great recipe if you like hot sauce. With a few additions this could easily be 5 stars. WARNING if you do not like extremely hot sauces this is not the sauce for you.

Oct 07, 2008

This is a great sauce! Make sure you wear gloves and don't open the blender right away. Fabulous!

Aug 23, 2010

This was very easy and eveyone loved it. My brother in law wouldn't stop eating it even eith the sweat running off his fourhead. Will be making more of this.


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  • Calories
  • 2 kcal
  • < 1%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 0.3 g
  • < 1%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 0 g
  • < 1%
  • Fiber
  • 0.1 g
  • < 1%
  • Protein
  • 0.1 g
  • < 1%
  • Sodium
  • 1 mg
  • < 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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