Homemade Habanero Hot Sauce


A spicy sauce that I use on eggs, tacos, nachos, or as a marinade for chicken. The spiciness of this recipe can be adjusted based on how you prepare your peppers. Always be careful when preparing hot peppers!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 20 mins
60 servings


  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2 jalapeno peppers, sliced into 1/4-inch pieces

  • 2 habanero peppers, sliced into 1/4-inch pieces

  • 2 serrano peppers, sliced into 1/4-inch pieces

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 6 tomatoes, stems removed

  • lemon, juiced

  • 1 lime, juiced

  • 1 ½ fluid ounces whiskey (such as Jack Daniel's®)


  1. Heat olive oil in a skillet over low heat. Cook and stir jalapeno peppers, habanero peppers, serrano peppers, and garlic in the hot oil until slightly tender and fragrant, about 5 minutes.

  2. Blend tomatoes in a blender until pureed and smooth.

  3. Mix pureed tomatoes, lemon juice, and lime juice into pepper mixture; bring to a low simmer. Stir whiskey into tomato mixture and simmer for 15 minutes.

  4. Strain sauce through a fine-mesh strainer, reserving the solids and transferred strained sauce back to the skillet. Blend the solids in a blender until smooth.

  5. Transfer pureed solids to the sauce and simmer for 15 minutes. Cool sauce completely; pour into jars or bottles and store in the refrigerator.

Cook's Note:

Wear gloves and avoid touching your face or other sensitive areas during and after handling the peppers. Seed the peppers to your liking.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

7 Calories
0g Fat
1g Carbs
0g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 60
Calories 7
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g 0%
Sodium 1mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 4mg 19%
Calcium 3mg 0%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 36mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.