Why buy bottled when you can make a better hot sauce at home?
Packed with great garlic flavor, this Garlic Habanero Hot Sauce recipe is perfect for spicing up all your favorite dishes.
Although garlic is a part of many hot sauces, its flavor is usually hidden by the other ingredients.
But not with this one.
With little standing between it and the fiery habaneros, the garlic is the star of the show.
Just one taste, and you’ll be hooked.
It’s perfect for grilled chicken, pasta, tacos, burgers, seafood, and even your favorite cocktails.
Pretty much anytime you’re craving that spicy, garlicky goodness.
And no worries if you prefer your hot sauce on the milder side. Since you’re making it at home, you control the heat.
I’ve provided a few easy changes that will mellow your sauce yet keep all the great taste.
So if you love garlic, check out this Garlic Habanero Hot Sauce recipe. Your taste buds will thank you.
What Do You Need To Make Garlic Habanero Hot Sauce
You can never have too much rich garlic flavor, so add as much as you like.
However, I wouldn’t recommend using garlic powder or garlic salt – the taste won’t be the same.
I like orange habaneros for this recipe, but be careful, these little guys are hot.
Cut the number in half for a milder hot sauce and substitute yellow or orange bell pepper.
Adds the right amount of savory taste.
Feel free to experiment with different onions to change the flavor.
Brightens up your sauce and adds the perfect zing.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Gives it the tang.
Go ahead and try different vinegars to change the tang – champagne or rice vinegar are excellent options.
Brown Sugar and Honey
Balances the heat.
Brown sugar provides a more intense flavor, while honey is sweeter and gives your sauce a shiny appearance.
You can always add more if you want a sweeter hot sauce.
Gives your sauce a rich, earthy flavor with just a hint of citrus.
Salt and Pepper
Don’t forget to season your hot sauce to bring everything together.
- Cutting board
- Medium saucepan
- Spoon or spatula
- Blender or food processor
- Stovetop or other heat source
How To Make Garlic Habanero Hot Sauce
Step One: First, saute the garlic, habaneros, and onion in the olive oil until slightly browned and fragrant. Ideally, you want a little char on the edges to give your hot sauce more flavor.
Step Two: Next, add the rest of the ingredients except the lime juice and bring to a low boil.
Step Three: Reduce the heat and let simmer for five minutes.
Step Four: Then, transfer to a blender and puree until smooth. Return the mixture to the saucepan.
Step Five: Add the lime juice and simmer for an additional five to ten minutes, stirring occasionally.
Step Six: Taste your sauce, adjust any ingredients, and season with salt and pepper.
Optional: for a smooth hot sauce, strain to remove the seeds.
Step Seven: Allow it to cool before serving.
Other Things To Consider When Making Garlic Habanero Hot Sauce
You Can Customize Your Garlic Hot Sauce
Don’t let the habaneros scare you. You can make a milder version by cutting the number in half and substituting yellow or orange bell pepper.
In addition, you can add grated carrots. They will give your sauce a rich, earthy sweetness that further mellows the fiery habaneros.
You can never have enough garlic – so go ahead and use as much as you like. You can even double the amount.
And for a tropical flair, add fresh mango or pineapple.
There’s no right or wrong way to make a great-tasting hot sauce, so have fun experimenting with different ingredients.
What Can I Eat with Garlic Habanero Hot Sauce?
While most folks will use this Garlic Habanero Hot Sauce recipe as a spicy condiment, this tasty sauce can be used for so much more.
But be careful. A little goes a long way.
- Add it to dressings and vinaigrettes to kick up the heat.
- Makes delicious spicy cocktails, like Bloody Marys or Micheladas.
- Mix with mayo or sour cream for a flavorful dip.
- The rich garlic and habanero flavors pair perfectly with hearty pasta sauces.
- Add to ground beef when making burgers or meatloaf and taste the difference.
- Stews and chilis – the perfect match!
- Or use it to spice up all your favorite marinades.
Make More Than You Need!
This Garlic Habanero Hot Sauce recipe tastes so good, you’ll never look at bottled the same way again.
So go ahead and double the recipe.
Not only does it stay fresh in the fridge for months, it tastes even better the longer it sits.
Garlic Habanero Hot Sauce Recipe
Packed with great garlic flavor, this Garlic Habanero Hot Sauce recipe is perfect for spicing up all your favorite dishes. It's perfect for grilled chicken, pasta, tacos, burgers, seafood, and even your favorite cocktails. Pretty much anytime you're craving that spicy, garlicky goodness.
- 10 cloves of fresh garlic, peeled and chopped
- 8 habanero peppers, stemmed and halved.
- 1 medium yellow onion, diced
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Juice from two limes
- 2 cups of water
- 4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- Salt and pepper to taste
- First, heat the oil in a saucepan and add the garlic, habaneros, and onion. Sautee until slightly browned and fragrant. Ideally, you want a light char on the onion and habanero, giving your hot sauce more flavor.
- Next, add the water, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, honey, and ground cumin. Bring to a low boil.
- Reduce the heat and simmer for approximately five minutes.
- Transfer to a blender or food processor and puree until smooth. Or, if you have one available, you can use an immersion blender to cut down on the mess.
- Return the hot sauce to the pan, add the lime juice, and simmer for another five to ten minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Taste your sauce and adjust any ingredients.
- Season with salt and pepper.
- Optional: strain your sauce to remove any seeds, though I prefer to leave mine as is.
- Allow your sauce to cool before serving.
- Want a milder hot sauce? Cut the number of habaneros in half and substitute orange or yellow bell pepper.
- Add more lime juice or zest for a robust zing.
- Changing the vinegar changes the tang - distilled white or rice vinegar are excellent choices.
- Chopped fresh cilantro makes a great addition.
- Add fresh mango or pineapple to give your sauce a tropical flair.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 12Total Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 75mgCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 1g
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
- Mango Habanero Hot Sauce Recipe
- Pineapple Habanero Hot Sauce Recipe
- Peach Habanero Hot Sauce Recipe
- Chipotle Habanero Hot Sauce Recipe
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