How to Make Cayenne Pepper Sauce

Make Cayenne Pepper Sauce
Make Cayenne Pepper Sauce (Image: A. Johnson)

Cayenne pepper sauce is a hot, spicy condiment that can be used to add culinary heat to chicken wings and other appetizers. A dash of cayenne pepper sauce will also liven up scrambled eggs or give a Bloody Mary a jolt. You can grow the peppers in your garden or find them at a produce stand or in the grocery store, then try making your own cayenne pepper sauce at home.

Things You'll Need

  • Rubber gloves
  • 1 lb. cayenne pepper
  • 1 ½ tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 slice onion
  • 1 ½ tablespoon chopped cilantro
  • 1 can diced tomato (28 oz.)
  • 1 cup cider vinegar
  • 7 oz. of water
  • Knife
  • Heavy pan
  • Blender

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Cut off the pepper stems and cut the peppers into thin slices.

Combine all of the ingredients in a large heavy pot and bring to a boil. Boil for one hour.

Reduce heat and simmer the sauce for one hour. Remove from heat and allow to cool.

Pour the cooled mixture into a blender and process until smooth.

Return the mixture to the pan and bring to a boil while stirring. After it comes to a boil, remove from the stove.

Pour the finished sauce into a clean glass jar after it cools and store in the refrigerator.

Tips & Warnings

  • When cooking the sauce, work in a well-ventilated area.
  • Don't accidentally touch your face with your hands or gloves while handling the peppers.


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