Minimal Monday: Caribbean Habanero Hot Sauce

Homemade Caribbean Habanero Hot Sauce is the real deal, and easy to make in your own kitchen, if you dare!

True hot sauce lovers are a brotherhood and sisterhood unto themselves.

They know that just about everything tastes better with a good shot of the stuff.

They wouldn’t think of starting the day with a plate of naked eggs

or eating a bowl of chili, a burger, or a taco without shaking it all over the place.

After a while nothing seems to taste quite right without the pleasant burn of a good hot sauce.

In fact most of us like to have a small army of different varieties on call.  If you’re like me you get a little twitchy when you go to the fridge and realize that you’re all out.

But worry not, hot sauce is one of the easier diy projects.  You can use a variety of types of hot peppers to make a fiery red, brilliant yellow/orange, or deceptively cool looking green sauce.  This particular rendition is wonderfully fruity as well as stirringly hot.  I used two habanero peppers; one with the seeds and pith, and one without, to moderate the heat.  Use all the seeds and add in another pepper if you think you’re up to it. :)

Caribbean Habanero Hot Sauce
makes about 2 cups
1/2 lb (a heaping cup) fresh pineapple, cut in chunks
1 ripe mango, peeled and cut in chunks
2 habanero peppers, rough chopped (keep the seeds and pith for most heat, remove for less)
1/2 cup water
juice of 1 lime
1 Tbsp brown sugar (omit for Paleo)
1/4 tsp allspice
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp salt
2 Tbsp cider vinegar

  • Put your pineapple, mango and habaneros in the bowl of a food processor or blender.
  • Process the fruit and peppers until they are completely smooth and pureed.  Scrape down the side of the bowl as necessary.  Be cautious, the fumes will be strong.
  • Pour the puree into a saucepan.  Add the rest of the ingredients and bring up to a simmer.  Simmer for five minutes.  Taste the sauce and adjust the seasonings.  I added more lime juice and a touch more salt.
  • Put the sauce through a mesh strainer, pushing down firmly to get as much of the good sauce through as possible.
  • Let cool and then fill your bottles or jars.  Refrigerate, and eat within the month.

Notes:  You hot sauce aficionados will have no trouble finding the perfect bottle to recycle for your home brew.  A little set of funnels makes filling it a snap.  I found my set at World Market, but you can buy them online here or here as well. I use the different sized funnels all the time and they are well worth picking up.  If you don’t have an empty bottle lying around, just pour your hot sauce into any jar and use a spoon to slather it on. Truth be told, we die hard hot sauce lovers sometimes find the slow drip of commercial bottles to be frustratingly slow!

Oh yeah.

15 Comments

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    l o v e l y t h i n g s
    January 22, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    Wow, this looks amazing…you even make hot sauce look beautiful! Happy birthday Sue!
    xo
    annie

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    Meg
    January 22, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    Your blog is fantastic! I have so many recipes that I’ve made and have more stockpiled to make too. One question – do you think I preserve in a water bath (can) to send to friends?

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    Joy Bee
    January 21, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    great recipe. I have a couple of habanero plants, I’ll have to try this during the next fruiting cycle.

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      Sue/the view from great island
      January 22, 2013 at 3:35 pm

      I hear they’re pretty easy to grow in pots, I want to plant some, too. And the nice thing is, they’re so potent, one or two little plants can keep you in habanero heaven!

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    Debby Foodiewife
    January 22, 2013 at 5:01 am

    The color of this is incredible. I’m a little bit shy with hot sauce, because my palate is very sensitive to heat. However, I could tone down the heat, I’m sure. LOVE the shot you captured of the drop- in mid-air. Nice!

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      Sue/the view from great island
      January 22, 2013 at 3:29 pm

      People are so different when it comes to tolerating hot food, but you could absolutely tone this way down. You could leave out the habanero and just put in a pinch of red pepper flakes, or use a jalapeno without the seeds and veins.

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    From Beyond My Kitchen Window
    January 22, 2013 at 2:44 am

    How do you think of all these wonderful things to make. I have to try this, my sons would love it. Oh, the color is gorgeous!!!

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    Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez
    January 22, 2013 at 1:07 am

    I would devour that plate of eggs. This sounds awesome – I’d love to add it to my collection!

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks
    January 21, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    LOVE THIS! I am all about hot-sweet sauces. I have made many mango-pineapple-pepper sauces but need this one! Love what you said about the fumes/vapors being strong, yes! When I can hot pepper jelly those fumes are intense!

    Pinning!

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    Mary Younkin
    January 21, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    Dang girl, I just added yet another of your recipes to my pile to make. This sounds amazing and my husband would LOVE it!

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      Mary Younkin
      January 21, 2013 at 8:05 pm

      P.S. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! I’m off to shout the love all over your facebook wall now, chickie. I hope your day is fabulous.

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      Sue/the view from great island
      January 21, 2013 at 8:43 pm

      Thanks :) and I knew you’d love this one!

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    Tabitha
    January 21, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    I can barely eat a hot sauces meal, I put it on so many things but I have never ever thought about making the piquant elixir.

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