I have a love hate relationship with my grocery store. I love it because I have no car and the store is literally across the street from me. I hate it because often I cannot find sometimes basic items and the produce sucks. What I hate most about the produce is that you often have to buy a package. Hence I got stuck with a lot of jalapenos. Love them, just don’t use them that much.

I found a great jalapeno preserve recipe which I submitted as my November entry of the IIP Salt theme. But I still had about 6 jalapenos left. What to do, google of course. I fell on a site dedicated to jalapenos and settled on a homemade Hot Sauce. I really enjoy trying out recipes where you make a basic ingredient that you normally use in cooking. You have to try this, the taste is so much more fresh and potent than the store bought stuff!


  • 6 jalapeno peppers, sliced
  • 1 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup white onion, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup distilled white vinegar

Cooking Directions

  1. In a medium sauce, combine oil, jalapeno peppers, garlic, onion and salt.
  2. Cook 4 minutes over high heat.
  3. Add water and cook 20 minutes, stirring often.
  4. Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature.
  5. Transfer to a food processor and puree until smooth.
  6. Slowly add in vinegar while processing.
  7. Pour into a sterilized jar with a tight lid.

Makes 1 cup and lasts up to 3 months refrigerated.

NOTE: Be sure to make this recipe in a well ventilated room. The fumes can be quite strong. Enjoy!

Now have you heard of YBR yet? No? Well it is a great round-up idea that Spicie Foodie came up with. Every month participants submit what ever recipe on the blog they liked the best for that current month. It’s a nice way to find the best of the best! Check out November’s YBR now and see which recipe of mine I chose.