Even the name sounds dangerous!
But if you love heat, you’ll love this Chipotle Habanero Hot Sauce recipe.
Chipotles are smoked jalapenos, and their smokey heat pairs perfectly with the fruity fire from the habaneros.
This sauce hits the tongue hard, and the heat continues to build, yet it never becomes unbearable.
Though you may notice a few drops of sweat on your brow.
This hot sauce is surprisingly well-balanced – sweet, tangy, with earthy and citrus flavors – and tastes better than any bottled version.
Plus, it’s super easy to make at home and stays fresh for months. Just be sure to take some precautions when handling the peppers.
Just one taste, and you’ll spontaneously start speaking Spanish – que chingon, guey!
Try it as a marinade or BBQ sauce. This versatile sauce will spice up all your favorite grilled foods – chicken, steaks, pork, fish, and seafood.
So if you got a thing for peppers, read on for the best Chipotle Habanero Hot Sauce Recipe – fire extinguisher not included.
What Do You Need To Make Chipotle Habanero Hot Sauce
Chipotle Peppers in Adobe Sauce
The chipotles are smoked jalapenos and come dried or canned in adobo sauce.
You want to use canned for this recipe because we’ll be adding a tablespoon of the adobo sauce to intensify the flavor of the hot sauce.
Technically not the hottest peppers, but they’re up there.
They add a bright, fruity heat that pairs well with the smokey chipotles.
Sauteed garlic adds a soft, sweet buttery flavor to your sauce that helps mellow the heat from the two peppers.
For a bit of savory that deepens the taste.
Its sweet, earthy flavor softens the heat from the peppers.
I like to use unsalted butter for this recipe, but you can substitute your favorite vegetable oil.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Every hot sauce needs a little tang.
Deepens the taste with its distinctive flavor.
You can substitute other mustards – prepared yellow and spicy brown are good options.
Adds a sweetness that balances the tangy vinegar and spicy peppers.
Unlocks the other flavors, but be careful not to over-season your hot sauce.
- Cutting board
- Medium saucepan
- Stovetop or another heat source
How To Make Chipotle Habanero Hot Sauce
This Chipotle Habanero Hot Sauce recipe is surprisingly easy to make.
Step One: First, melt the butter in a saucepan and add the habaneros, garlic, onion, and carrot. Saute until soft and fragrant, but don’t let them burn.
Step Two: Next, add the remaining ingredients and bring to a low boil. Simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Step Three: Then, transfer to a blender and puree until smooth. Or if you have an immersion blender, you can mix it right in the saucepan to save time on cleanup.
Step Four: Taste your hot sauce and adjust any ingredients.
Allow to cool before serving.
Other Things To Consider When Making Chipotle Habanero Hot Sauce
You Can Customize Your Sauce
This Chipotle Habanero Hot Sauce recipe is loaded with flavor and tastes great just as it is.
But where’s the fun in that – hot sauce recipes were meant to be tweaked.
So go ahead and have some fun. With just a few easy changes, you can create some delicious variations.
- For example, add a tablespoon of your favorite bourbon or dark rum while simmering for a more intense taste.
- Or change the mustard to change the tang. Yellow or brown will add a different dimension to your hot sauce.
- Chopped fresh cilantro will give it an earthy flavor and a bit of color.
- Intensify the chili flavor by adding a teaspoon of chili powder.
- While curry powder will give your sauce an Indian flair that pairs perfectly with your favorite tandoori dishes.
What Can I Eat With Chipotle Habanero Hot Sauce?
Though this Chipotle Habanero Hot Sauce recipe packs a lot of heat, it’s surprisingly well-balanced, making it the perfect condiment to spice up all your favorite foods.
But remember – a little goes a long way.
- Brush over chicken wings before grilling for a spicy game-day appetizer.
- Make delicious spicy cocktails, like Chipotle Habanero Bloody Marys or Micheladas.
- Goes great with grilled chicken, meats, and pork.
- The perfect hot sauce for all your favorite Mexican dishes.
- Dab a little on scrambled eggs for incredible Huevos Rancheros.
- Even better, it makes the perfect gift for all the pepper fanatics in your life!
Tips When Working With Hot Peppers!
Both peppers are hot, but habaneros are the clear winner. Wear gloves to protect your hands while handling, and avoid touching your eyes or nose.
Also, the fumes during cooking can irritate eyes and lungs, so make sure your kitchen is well-ventilated.
If you get chili burn, rinse with milk or a citrus juice, like lemon, rather than water. The acids will break down the compounds that cause the burning, unlike water which spreads it around.
In the event, it gets in your eyes, rinse repeatedly with warm water and apply a cold compress.
Taking a few precautions will ensure no unwanted surprises while working with these fiery peppers.
Make More Than You Need
This Chipotle Habanero Hot Sauce recipe stays fresh for months and tastes better than any bottled version you’ll find.
So go ahead and double the recipe.
The vinegar keeps it from spoiling, and the flavors continue improving the longer it sits.
Chipotle Habanero Hot Sauce Recipe
This Chipotle Habanero Hot Sauce Recipe is surprisingly well-balanced - sweet, tangy, with earthy and citrus flavors - goes great with grilled chicken, meats, and pork. Plus, it's super easy to make at home and stays fresh for months.
- 7 oz. can of chipotles in adobo sauce
- 4 habanero peppers, stems removed and halved
- 6 cloves of fresh garlic, peeled and chopped
- ½ medium white or yellow onion, diced
- 1 medium carrot, peeled and shredded
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 cup apple cider vinegar
- ¼ cup Dijon mustard
- ¼ cup honey
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- Melt the butter in a medium saucepan. Then add the habaneros, garlic, onion, and carrot and saute until soft and fragrant. It's okay if they brown, but don't let them char.
- Next, add the chipotles and one tablespoon of the adobo sauce, apple cider vinegar, Dijon mustard, honey, and salt to the pan and bring to a low boil.
- Reduce the heat and let simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Transfer to a blender and puree until smooth.
- Taste your hot sauce and adjust any of the ingredients.
- Allow to cool before serving.
- Add a tablespoon or two of your favorite bourbon or dark rum while simmering.
- Fresh chopped cilantro will give your sauce an earthy taste and add a bit of color.
- Change the mustard to change the tang. Prepared yellow or brown are excellent choices.
- A tablespoon of curry powder will give your sauce an Indian flair that pairs perfectly with Tandori Chicken.
- Like it sweeter? Double the honey or add ¼ cup of brown sugar.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 25Total Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 50mgNet Carbohydrates: 4gProtein: 0g
Other Habanero hot sauce recipes you may want to try:
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- Carrot Habanero Hot Sauce Recipe
- Habanero Honey Hot Sauce Recipe
- Blueberry Habanero Hot Sauce Recipe
- Pineapple Habanero Hot Sauce Recipe
- Mango Habanero Hot Sauce Recipe
- Peach Habanero Hot Sauce Recipe
- Garlic Habanero Hot Sauce Recipe
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