Habanero Hot Sauce

Habanero hot sauce is a homemade hot sauce, bursting with spicy flavor. This easy condiment recipe isn’t for the faint of heart, but if you love habanero peppers, you will love it!

Alright chile heads, this easy hot sauce recipe is for you. It’s hot and spicy. It just might make your eyes water, but God help me, I can’t stop putting it on All. The. Things. Homemade Habanero Hot Sauce is where it’s at, friends and I’ve got my recipe to share with you today.

Habanero hot sauce is a homemade hot sauce, bursting with spicy flavor. This easy condiment recipe isn't for the faint of heart, but if you love habanero peppers, you will love it!

The story goes that I have been eating hot chile peppers straight out of the jar since I was 2 years old. I would have chile pepper eating contests with my dad over dinner. We often add jalapeños to pizza. I have several sriracha recipes on the blog. Heck, even when I was pregnant, spicy food was what I craved.  With both boys, I practically drank Mrs. Renfro’s Habanero salsa.

Yeah I know. Habanero salsa didn’t give me heartburn, but water did. Go figure.

But honestly, I can’t get enough of spicy food. And spicy is just what this Habanero Hot Sauce is. And when I say spicy, I mean 10 habaneros spicy.

That’s right. This beautiful bottle of orange peppery deliciousness has 10 whole habanero peppers in it.

Habanero hot sauce is a homemade hot sauce, bursting with spicy flavor. This easy condiment recipe isn't for the faint of heart, but if you love habanero peppers, you will love it!And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

How do you make homemade hot sauce?

Homemade hot sauce is pretty easy to make. You simply combine all of the ingredients you want in a pan and simmer them for about half an hour. After the sauce cools, put it in a blender and blend until smooth. Pretty easy huh?

When it comes to ingredients for homemade hot sauce the main ingredients are peppers, vinegar and water. The heat level you are going for is going to determine what kind of peppers you use. Heat is measured in scoville units. Bell peppers are 0 – 100. Jalapenos range from 2,500- 5,000. Habaneros range from 100,000 – 325,000. Ghost peppers go from 855,000 to a whopping 1 MILLION units. I like heat but ghost peppers are a little too much for me so I stick with habaneros for this recipe.

Other ingredients in homemade hot sauce include aromatics like garlic and onion as well as spices. To get the traditional reddish orange color some recipes call for carrots. Personally I like idea of getting even more heat from something spicy so I add hot paprika to the mix.

Like most sauce, hot sauce tastes better the longer that is has to set. I recommend waiting to eat it for at least 24 hours to get the best flavor.

Now, what should you put habanero hot sauce on?

Well I have been putting it on all kinds of things. A drizzle on my shrimp tacos. A dab on some steak.

Heck, the other day when I was craving something spicy but was out of my Mrs. Renfro’s, I was straight dipping chips into this Habanero Hot Sauce. Yes, it’s spicy but it has an awesome flavor that I just can’t get enough of. So if you are a chile head, or there is one in your life, you need to make this. Pronto.

Can I use this habanero salsa to make chicken wings?

This is a question I’ve been asked a few times so I thought I’d add answer it in the body of the post too! Yes! You certainly can. I have before. All you need to do is melt about 3 tablespoons of butter with 1/4 cup of the sauce. And then toss some crispy chicken wings in it. This should coat about 1  1/2 to 2 pounds of wings. If you’re having a party, or you like them extra saucy, you could easily double or triple the amount of sauce.

PS: When you set out to make this Habanero Hot Sauce (and you totally should), please keep in mind that the longer that it has to sit in the refrigerator, the more flavorful it gets.

I ate this as early the next day and it was pretty good, but guys, it was way better about a week later. The flavors and the heat just taste better after they have had more time to develop. Trust me.

Habanero hot sauce is a homemade hot sauce, bursting with spicy flavor. This easy condiment recipe isn't for the faint of heart, but if you love habanero peppers, you will love it!

Habanero Hot Sauce Recipe

Makes 1 1/2 cups Prep Time: Cook Time:


  • 10 habanero peppers, stems removed
  • 2 jalapeño peppers, stems remved
  • 8 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3/4 cup distilled vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon hot paprika



Combine all ingredients together in a small pot. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and allow to simmer for 35 minutes.


Remove from heat and allow to cool.


Once cool, transfer to a food processor and process until peppers are minced fine. Sauce will be slightly chunky.


Transfer to an airtight container and chill for at least 24 hours but it gets better and hotter with age.


After 24 hours, adjust salt if desired. Use in a variety of dishes. Refrigerated sauce should last several weeks.


Nutrition facts not guaranteed to be correct.

Nutrition information

Amount per serving: 6 servings
Calories: 49 , Total Fat: 0.5g , Saturated Fat: 0.1g , Cholesterol: 0mg , Sodium: 908 mg , Carbohydrates: 9.6g , Fiber: 1.7g , Sugar: 4.7g , Protein: 1.9g

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    October 21, 2018 at 10:27 am

    Thanks for the recipe I have 4 plants and they are loaded I can’t wait to try.

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      October 22, 2018 at 2:07 pm

      Doris- You are so lucky! I wish I could get habaneros to grow here. It just doesn’t get hot enough in Seattle to make them hot :(

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    October 7, 2018 at 3:14 pm

    This sauce is great! I added a mango to give it a little sweetness. My husband and son loved it.

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    October 1, 2018 at 3:49 pm

    I made this hot sauce this afternoon. Super, super easy & DELICIOUS! So glad I found it. Thank you for sharing.

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      October 1, 2018 at 8:50 pm

      You are welcome Shannon! So glad you liked it!

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    September 8, 2018 at 1:36 pm

    I just made this today..but I substituted the jalapenos for 5 cayenne peppers because I give back to the community and volunteer on a farm and that’s all they had.. it tastes amazing. Thank you!

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      September 8, 2018 at 9:22 pm

      You’re welcome! How nice of you to volunteer at a local farm and I bet those cayenne peppers added great flavor!

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    September 4, 2018 at 3:05 am

    Not sure if anyone has asked this, but is there any way one can make the sauce last longer so that it doesn’t ferment after a few weeks?

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    Fred the chili head
    August 28, 2018 at 5:12 am

    I followed your recipe except I added one ripe scorpion and another beautiful red habanero (fresh from the garden ) in place of jalapeño.
    The recipe made one pint with enough residual sauce in the pan to pour onto a dozen or so tortilla chips, well YAHOO !!! Can’t wait to try this tomorrow after it chills in the fridge, very good already,thanks for the recipe. Fred the chili head.

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      August 28, 2018 at 12:40 pm

      Fred- I bet those additions from your garden made for great color! I hope you enjoy the rest of the batch too!

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    Tom Vaughan
    August 17, 2018 at 12:06 pm

    I had no jalapeños, so I added two more habaneros. Took a quick taste before putting it into the fridge. Yum!

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      August 17, 2018 at 12:29 pm

      Good to know it works without jalapenos and extra habaneros!

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    August 15, 2018 at 5:10 pm

    Can this be frozen?

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      August 15, 2018 at 6:16 pm

      Dori- I don’t see why not! You might want to try freezing flat it in ziploc bags though.

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    August 13, 2018 at 7:02 pm

    I just made a batch, and has great flavor. Only problem was all the liquid had simmered off, and it turned out like a salsa. I added more water, vinegar, and some Louisiana hot sauce to get the desired consistency. I will make some more for sure!

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      August 13, 2018 at 7:20 pm

      Thank you for the feedback! I am happy to hear you were able to reach the consistency you wanted though!

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    August 9, 2018 at 8:13 am

    My husband would seriously go crazy for this!

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    August 2, 2018 at 8:25 am

    I would spread this on EVERYTHING!

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    Erin | Dinners,Dishes and Dessert
    August 2, 2018 at 5:14 am

    This looks totally awesome! Definitely make this!

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    August 1, 2018 at 8:39 am

    While my husband would absolutely love this!

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    Brandy @ Nutmeg Nanny
    August 1, 2018 at 7:46 am

    YES PLEASE! I have to make this so I can put it on everything!

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    July 31, 2018 at 6:50 pm

    Looks so flavorful!

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    Delaney | Melanie Makes
    July 31, 2018 at 5:55 pm

    I love how easy this recipe is!

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    Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious
    July 31, 2018 at 5:43 pm

    I say bring on the heat!! I have never attempted to make my own. Can’t wait!

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    July 25, 2018 at 9:02 am

    how much butter for the wings?
    By the way awesome recipe i love the sauce.

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      July 25, 2018 at 12:39 pm

      So happy you love the recipe! I usually use about 3 tablespoons of butter to 1/4 cup of sauce :)

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    June 19, 2018 at 6:00 pm

    Did you leave the habanero and jalapeño seeds???

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      June 19, 2018 at 9:32 pm

      Hi Karyn, I do! I like the extra heat they provide. If you want to make this a little more mild you could certainly take out the seeds :)

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    June 5, 2018 at 2:22 pm

    My husband and I love love love this sauce!!! It’s got amazing flavor and it is hot! It’s a staple in our house now. Evertime I make it I make a double batch and gift some. Everyone has either asked for more or the recipe! Great stuff!

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    April 15, 2018 at 8:22 am

    I came across this recipe last year when I was trying to figure out what to do for Christmas gifts for my sibs (I’m on a budget, but I also feel like homemade gifts are best anyway). I’ve always wanted to make my own hot sauce because we go through it at a ridiculous pace at my house, so I knew this would serve many purposes! Anyway, fast forward to today.. this is easily my 3rd or 4th double batch since Christmas because they keep asking for more…. the only change I make is that I use Fresno peppers in place of jalapeños (for a burst of red), and I add a splash of vegetable oil when I blend it just for a more emulsified effect. Love this stuff!!!

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      April 19, 2018 at 8:53 pm

      I am so happy to hear how much you like this recipe, Candace! And I LOVE the idea of using the fresno peppers instead, I am definitely going to try that next time!

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    April 14, 2018 at 12:54 pm

    Can I put this in canning jars in a boiling bath to preserve it?

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      April 14, 2018 at 4:32 pm

      Hi Jean! I am not familiar with canning so I cannot recommend it. Sorry!

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      September 17, 2018 at 4:55 pm

      Yes, I make Habanero & Jalapeno sauces every year. I place my jars in water bath and let it boil for 15-20 min. It lasts over 6 months.

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        September 17, 2018 at 8:38 pm

        Thank you for your input Susan! I don’t have any canning experience, so I appreciate this!

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    March 22, 2018 at 10:28 am

    I also craved for very hot food during my 2nd pregnancy, and hot sauce was one of the very few things that did not make me sick.
    I added the ginger, and used apple cider vinegar. Great recipe!

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      March 22, 2018 at 12:43 pm

      So funny that we both craved that! A lot of my friends are like HOW can you eat like that when you are pregnant?! I love your additions!

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    March 19, 2018 at 11:00 am

    I currently have this in the fridge for the next 24 hours and I am very excited! I have a habanero plant and this is the perfect recipe to use the delicious peppers in!

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      March 19, 2018 at 7:22 pm

      So jealous that you have a habanero plant! I hope you enjoy the hot sauce!

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    Roger L
    March 16, 2018 at 4:33 pm

    Awesome recipe, I’m making it right now as I type its simmering. I substituted 10 small Peach carbonero and 4 small scotch bonnet chilis for the habanero/jalapeno because I’m currently growing these chilis right now. ( and there hot :) )

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      March 19, 2018 at 7:23 pm

      Oh let me know how it is! I wish I could grow chilies that get hot but here in the PNW I can’t get them as spicy as I’d like.

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        July 28, 2018 at 12:10 pm

        To increase the heat while Peppers are growing you need to withhold the water a few times until the leaves of the plant just start to wilt then water well. I usually do this three times in a row and it really works. Good luck!

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          July 29, 2018 at 9:03 am

          Donna- Thank you so much for the tip!!

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    January 23, 2018 at 7:14 pm

    If anyone has to avoid onions of any kind (as I do), be assured that this recipe works out perfectly without them. If you think it lacks sweetness peel, seed, and puree a single pear and add it to the sauce.

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      January 24, 2018 at 8:26 am

      That is so great to know! Thank you Charlene!

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    December 20, 2017 at 12:57 pm

    I have been looking for the recipe of this. I got hooked on it at a local restaurant and can’t find it anywhere else. I hope this is similar. I will make it and then rate it.

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    December 18, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    This was the best habanero sauce I could find on the internet.
    I would just like recommend caramelising the onions 1st, then adding them when you process for that extra boost of flavour, also a little bit of fresh ginger also adds to the complexity of the sauce. :-)

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      December 31, 2017 at 12:31 am

      I love those tips! Caramelized onions are always a winner in my book and fresh ginger sounds like a nice twist. So happy you liked it!

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    December 9, 2017 at 2:58 pm

    How long will this keep?

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      December 10, 2017 at 8:56 am

      Hi Jennifer! Just to be on the safe side, I’d say a week or two in the refrigerator :)

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    Tim Hale
    March 27, 2017 at 9:29 pm

    I made this Friday night, now on Monday night it’s almost gone. I just shared a little with friends to try, but besides that i ate almost 10 habaneros in 3 days. Im gonna make another batch, doubling the amount. Two things i changed was using half the garlic (i love garlic, but didn’t need too much in here) and instead of “hot paprika” i used ground Korean red pepper (used to make kimchi) because i didn’t want to buy paprika and I’m guessing it’s mostly for color. I thought it would be too much vinegar flavor, but i like how it turned out…thanks.

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      Des @ Life's Ambrosia
      March 28, 2017 at 2:14 pm

      You’re welcome! I am so happy to hear you enjoyed it! I love the changes that you made. I need to try that Korean red pepper next time :)

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    Rachel Marks
    April 8, 2016 at 7:09 pm

    I love this recipe :) Have made it several times now, sometimes adding a red capsicum (pepper) for bright colour :) Thanks so much! Now I know what to do with all the chillis I love to grow.

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      Des @ Life's Ambrosia
      April 11, 2016 at 12:18 am

      I am so happy to hear you like it! And I’m going to have to try that red capsicum for color. I love that idea!

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    Nutmeg Nanny
    October 15, 2015 at 7:37 pm

    Please pass all the hot sauce my way! I would happy drizzle this over everything!

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    October 15, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    Oh my GOSH! My husband will flip for this recipe…..he’s been wanting me to make my own hot sauce! Looks awesome!

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    Miryam, Eat Good 4 Life
    October 15, 2015 at 7:18 am

    Oh boy this is the best. I know a few people in my family that would love to get their hands on it.

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    October 14, 2015 at 7:28 pm

    YES!! I just started making my own ketchup and it has inspired me to make more condiments. :-) This looks PERFECT! I even have a bunch of peppers – hot ones – so I can try to make this tomorrow.

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    October 14, 2015 at 6:02 pm

    10 Habanero’s?! Wooooo baby! I love spicy so I have pinned and will be trying this on some chicken wings I think :)

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    Ginny McMeans
    October 14, 2015 at 9:07 am

    Fantastic! I would love to have my own healthy hot sauce in the fridge. Thanks so much!

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    Florian @ContentednessCooking
    October 14, 2015 at 8:28 am

    Wow this looks so good, love this!

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    October 14, 2015 at 8:21 am

    I know we would LOVE this sauce – we always have hot sauce, on most everything!

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    October 14, 2015 at 6:11 am

    This is genius! My husband loves this sauce but we need to start making it at home now!

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    October 14, 2015 at 5:47 am

    This sounds SO good!!! I love habaneros so I’m sure I’d adore this!

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    Food Done Light
    October 14, 2015 at 5:24 am

    You sound like my husband. He adores mind blowingly hot food. I should make this for him, he would be ecstatic.

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    Rebecca P.
    October 14, 2015 at 4:27 am

    That sounds killer! But soo good ;)

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    The Chunky Chef .
    October 14, 2015 at 4:12 am

    My husband LOVES hot sauce, so I’ll definitely have to make this for him :)