Chile Garden Magic

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I will be the first to admit that making your own condiments isn’t always worth the time. Since I realized how easy it is to make amazingly tasty sauces in a blender from just a few fresh ingredients,  though, I am pretty much sold on the process.

Take this spicy chile garlic sauce. It’s made by whirring together hot peppers and garlic with rice vinegar, some brown sugar and a bit of salt. Crazy easy. I used a bunch of fresh chiles from my garden (and to be honest, I am not even sure what varieties they were!). Feel free to use homegrown chiles or purchase them from the market.  Habañeros are pretty widely available and would be a good type to use.

Chile Garlic Sauce Recipe

Makes about 1 cup


  • about 15 fresh hot red chile peppers (I used all different types of chiles that I grew in my garden; if you don’t want it to be super hot, you can include a few mild peppers, if you like), cleaned, stems trimmed off and roughly chopped
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 4 garlic cloves, or more to taste, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons palm sugar or dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown rice vinegar


Process all ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth (feel free to leave it a bit chunky if you like…I did). Take a tiny taste (warning – it’s spicy!) and adjust the seasonings to your preference. Use in small amounts to spice up Asian dishes.

–Winnie Abramson writes the organic gardening and food blog Healthy Green Kitchen.

Photo credits: Winnie Abramson

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