Scotch Bonnet Hot Sauce Recipe -
Scotch Bonnet Hot Sauce Recipe
  • READY IN 45 mins

Scotch Bonnet Hot Sauce

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"Some of the hottest hot sauce you'll try."

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Original recipe makes 2 pints Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    25 mins

    45 mins


  1. In a large sauce pan over medium-high heat, combine oil, peppers, garlic, onion, and salt; cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  2. Pour in water, and cook for 20 minutes, or until the ingredients are soft. Stir frequently. Remove from heat, and allow mixture to cool to room temperature.
  3. Transfer the mixture to a blender, and puree until smooth. Pour in vinegar and sugar; blend until mixed. Keep refrigerated .
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  • Notes
  • Leave some of all the Scotch Bonnets with seeds for a spicier sauce. Replace the Scotch Bonnets with habaneros or jalapenos for a "milder" sauce - or if Scotch Bonnets are not available in your area.
  • Use peppers of the same color when available, to keep the sauce a consistent color.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Oct 13, 2010

I have been looking for a basic Scotch Bonnet / Habanero sauce for a long time and this is the best one I have found. I pretty much copied the recipe but omitted the Jalapeños and replaced them with more scotch bonnets. I also used jam sugar (that's what we call it in the UK anyway) which has added pectin in it and made the sauce a little thicker. Any ideas what the shelf life is in the refrigerator with this amount of vinegar? Thanks for posting it.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jun 18, 2014

I made this recipe, but I only followed the ingredients not the technique or preparation. Basically all you have to do is give to smooth consistency, and then cook it for 10 minutes. And cooking the sauce is optional. My way cuts down on your prep time and cooking time.

Sep 26, 2008

This was a very tasty and very hot hotsauce! I didnt have any scotch bonnets so i used red habanero,jalepenos,and thai peppers.I didnt have any fresh garlic so i used garlic salt and omitted the salt I added about a half teaspoonlemon juice. ended up tasting really good.You will need to open some windows or wear an oxygen mask because it is really hard to breath while cooking it.

Aug 24, 2009

Awesome! My husband loves hot sauces... and did you know they are healthy for you! The hotter the better they are. I kept the seeds in and got maybe about 2 cups of hot sauce. Definitely the best hot sauce out there.

Aug 17, 2010

Great recipe to make your own. I use this one for the basis of many of my recipes by simply adjusting and adding new ingredients for some amazing sauces. My latest has been a variation of this one... Reduce peppers to only 12-14 Scotch Bonnets (don't remove the seeds), reduce garlic to 3 large cloves, 1-2 tomatoes, increase vinegar to a tad less than 1/4 cup, 1/4 cup of fresh orange juice (or to taste), and a few dashes of curry. For the onion, I use a sweet/vadalia. Everything else is the same. It still packs plenty of punch but has subtle hints of citrus. If you try this variation, let me know. Thanks to "bla" for the original recipe!

May 17, 2010

This sauce is excellent! I can not recommend it enough! I made it almost exactly as the recipe said. I used 18 habaneros and 6 jalapenos, all WITH seeds. The only difference was that I decreased the sugar to 1 Tbsp and added a can of sliced peaches. Because of my change, it came out a little too sweet, but it aged wonderfully. After a couple of weeks, the jar or so that I had left was FANTASTIC! Sweet and very hot! Goes great on so many things. If you like it less sweet, I would recommend either sticking to the recipe, or perhaps using 1 Tbsp sugar and half a can (or less) of peaches.

Feb 02, 2009

very good recipe and method. I filled 3 chili sauce bottles. I used 10 scotch bonnets(habaneros) + 6 jalapeno + 6 Serrano. I removed all the seeds from the all the peppers. Strong garlic flavor so cut back a few cloves if that offends you.

Oct 15, 2008

this is great, i was wondering what to do with the crazy amount of bonnets my bushes were making. i added a little curry and some fresh lime juice. great recipe.


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  • Calories
  • 8 kcal
  • < 1%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 1.6 g
  • < 1%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 0.2 g
  • < 1%
  • Fiber
  • 0.3 g
  • 1%
  • Protein
  • 0.2 g
  • < 1%
  • Sodium
  • 56 mg
  • 2%

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

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