Best Hot Sauce


If hot sauce is your thing, you will love, love, love this fresh tasty recipe. I first tried a version of this hot sauce in Cameroon, Africa. I couldn't get enough of it; no matter where you ate, there would be a small bowl of this divine sauce on the table, each unique to the person making it. Only recently have I actively searched out the recipe. I did not follow the recipe to a tee, but combined this recipe with another a close friend gave me. In the end, I can't argue the results!

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
2 cups


  • 10 fresh hot chile peppers, stems removed

  • 1 onion, coarsely chopped

  • ¼ cup pitted fresh dates, or more to taste

  • ¼ cup fresh basil leaves

  • ¼ cup fresh parsley leaves

  • 1 roma (plum) tomato, roughly chopped

  • 2 tablespoons beef bouillon powder

  • 4 garlic cloves

  • ½ cup vegetable oil, or as needed

  • salt to taste

  • 1 squeeze lemon juice


  1. Place peppers, onion, dates, basil, parsley, tomato, bouillon powder, and garlic in the bowl of a food processor; pour in the oil. Pulse mixture until finely chopped, adding more oil if needed to thin; season with salt.

  2. Pour pepper mixture into a small saucepan; bring to a boil. Squeeze lemon juice into pepper mixture, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 15 minutes.

  3. Allow pepper mixture to cool; pour into a glass jar with a lid. Store pepper sauce in the refrigerator.

Cook's Notes:

I suggest you use the measurements in this recipe as a starting point, and adjust any of the ingredients to your taste. It really does all depend on how you like it. Don't feel tied to these measures; feel free to make it your own.

I usually leave tomato out altogether, adding a splash of lemon juice instead. I like the sauce to be more concentrated, but if you like a sauce with a little less heat, then you can add tomatoes to taste.

Sauce will keep longest in the refrigerator if fully covered in oil.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

14 Calories
1g Fat
1g Carbs
0g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 100
Calories 14
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Sodium 29mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 11mg 57%
Calcium 2mg 0%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 21mg 0%

* 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.

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