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Jalapeno Pepper Sauce

Jalapeno Peppers I recently bought a bag of produce for $1 that contained a few russet potatoes, 3 tomatoes and 20 jalapeno peppers. Yeah Me! The potatoes went into storage and I will decide what to make with them later. I debated about what to do with the peppers and finally settled on some Jalapeno Pepper Sauce.

Pico de Gallo - thatrecipe.comFirst off, one of the peppers and the tomatoes got chopped up with some onion and cilantro and a splash of lemon juice for some Pico de Gallo. Yummy!

The recipe is straight forward, so I am not going to wax poetic about it. If I make it again I would add more garlic and less vinegar than the original recipe I found, using the amounts below.

I am a strong believer that experience is the best teacher when it is someone else’s experience. So, instead of talking about the recipe, I am going to give you three warnings:

One: WEAR GLOVES – the capsaicin in the peppers will burn your hands, you will be miserable for days. If you don’t have gloves use plastic bags. Luckily I learned from someone else’s mistake and won’t make it myself.

Two: COOK IN A WELL VENTILATED kitchen – there is a reason pepper spray is used as self defense. The smell is vicious. I had windows open and both the stove fan and whole house fan going and it made me cough as I was stirring it. I joked on Facebook that I waited to make it until M was at work so he wouldn’t complain about the smell. But, I admit it I could still smell a faint odor throughout the house the next morning. If you have a gas grill with a burner on it, I’d recommend using that.

Three: Whenever you are canning, be sure to put something under the jars so they are not resting directly on the bottom of the pot. Trust me on this one. I lost a whole cup of sauce!

broken jar

I hope the warnings don’t discourage you from making the sauce. The recipe is quick and easy, you just need to be a little careful.

Jalapeno Pepper Sauce

Prep time10 minutes
Cook time25 minutes
Total time35 minutes
Dietary Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Meal type Condiment
Website The Barefoot Kitchen Witch
Spicy sauce made from jalapeño peppers.


  • 20-25 jalapeno peppers ((approximately 4-5 cups when sliced))
  • 1 teaspoon olive or vegetable oil
  • 4-6 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1/2 cup onion (minced)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups water
  • 3/4 cups distilled white vinegar


This makes about 3 - 3 1/2 cups of sauce. Be sure to wear gloves when cutting the peppers and cook in a well ventilated kitchen.


Wear gloves! Slice the peppers approximately 1/8" thick. Mince garlic and onions.
In a WELL VENTILATED kitchen, or outdoors on a grill:

Heat oil in a non-reactive skillet, add peppers, onions, garlic and salt on medium high heat. Sautee until onions begin to turn translucent, 4-5 minutes.
pepper sauce ingredients in the pan - thatrecipe.com
Add water and cook until most of the water is absorbed and peppers are soft.
Cooked peppers, onions and garlic - thatrecipe.com
Allow mixture to cool to room temperature (optional). I let it cool for a few minutes and then continued.
Pour mixture into blender or food processor and puree until smooth. With machine running, drizzle in vinegar.
Pepper Sauce in blender - thatrecipe.com
Store in sterilized jars in the refrigerator for 6 months or process in a water bath canner for 15 minutes for jelly jars.

Until next time, happy eating.


3 thoughts on “Jalapeno Pepper Sauce”

  1. My husband loves sauces with a bit of heat – this one I am going to have to try!

    And your tip of wearing gloves – so true! Learned this the hard way while making homemade poppers last week! After de-seeding and removing the ribs out of 30 jalapeños last weekend, my fingers burned for quite awhile. I did find soaking them in vinegar and then washing a few times with soap and water helped a ton!

    Goggles might be helpful too for when a jalapeño squirts at times 🙂 Learned that the hard way too!

    Pinning this recipe – thanks for sharing!

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