The Best Hot Sauce Recipes to Put Your Pepper Surplus to Great Use
Ketchup and mustard used to be the nation's MVP condiments. But as Americans become more adventurous eaters, it's clear that many of us are ready to turn up the heat-and turn to hot sauce as a most-used topping. In fact, the hot sauce market is expected to grow by 5.3% to a whopping $5.8 billion by 2026, according to data from Expert Market Research. Sure, you can stock up on Cholula, Tabasco, or your favorite regional brand, but we think the best hot sauce is one you whip up in your own kitchen. Enter: These easy homemade hot sauce recipes, including jalapeño hot sauce recipes, habanero hot sauce recipes, and even fermented hot sauces-all of which make excellent food gifts (for yourself or others!) and can put a whole bunch of fresh peppers to delicious use.
If you think it takes all day to master how to make hot sauce, think again; several of these recipes take 30 minutes or less, and none takes longer than 90 minutes.
Our 5 Best Hot Sauce Recipes to Use Up a Big Batch of Peppers
While you can make a Nashville hot sauce, Buffalo hot sauce, and others, we think these options are a great primer on how to make hot sauce from scratch. So gather those hot peppers from your garden or the farmers market and stock up on bottles ($19, Amazon). Ready, set, sauce!
Fermented Hot Sauce
Pressure Cooker Smoky Habanero Hot Sauce
Apple Sriracha-Style Hot Sauce
Triple-Pepper Hot Sauce
Sriracha-Style Asian Chili Sauce
All of these homemade hot sauce recipes are remarkably versatile, so choose your favorite-or choose them all-then drizzle over eggs or stir-fries, toss with chicken wings, incorporate into burger patties, stir into mayo or cocktail sauce, or stir into stews or shepherd's pies to bring the heat.