The other day, I had someone on Facebook ask me what I do with all those peppers that I grow. That’s a good question, so I guess I should share what I make with all of that hot fruit! I make habanero hot sauce! The variety of habaneros that I grew this year are called Red Savina, which are about twice as big and twice as hot as the normal orange habaneros. Some of the peppers this year are over two inches in diameter!
I’ve been making this sauce for 5 years now and every time I think that I should change the recipe – I end up deciding to leave it just the way that it is! It is smoky, sweet, savory, citrussy and very hot… but not too hot! It doesn’t take much, but its a great condiment for tacos, burgers and most everything else. My youngest daughter (22) loves this sauce enough that when she moved to Seattle for the summer I had to ship some up to her! Even most of our exchange students that we’ve hosted over the years craved it!
This recipe is carrot based, like a lot of Costa Rican hot sauces are. They add good flavor and texture too.
Ingredients (makes approximately 30 oz)
- 8 oz carrots
- 8 oz Habaneros (red savina if you can grow your own)
- 1 head of garlic- roasted on stove
- 1 cup Apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons liquid smoke
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Slice carrots into 1/8″ wheels, place in saucepan with enough water to cover a and cook until tender.
While that is cooking, slice peppers a bout 1/8″ thick. Do not do like I do…. please wear gloves when working with these peppers. I always forget, then an hour later I end up touching my face, or worse… my eyes! Someday I will learn.
Once the carrots are tender, add the peppers and the rest of the ingredients and return to a boil and cook for 5 minutes. Pour entire contents into blender and mix until very smooth.
*note… you may want to consider blending this outside or at least a well ventilated room. Whenever I blend this up, my wife accuses me of making tear gas!
You can store this in canning jars in the refrigerator, but I believe that the best way is to re-use 5 oz shaker type hot sauce bottles that have been pre sanitized. (Dont tell anyone but sometimes i buy new bottles and just dump the original contents out!😉)