Grow Your Own Hot Sauce

homemade sriracha sauce, hot sauce

It’s really easy to grow your own hot sauce. By “hot sauce” I don’t just mean a pure runny, hot liquid. You might make something like “salsa,” which to me, indicates some pieces in the liquid. Some are solid mixes used like hot sauce.

Hot Pepper Sauce

This is a mix of very hot peppers, onions and who knows what else, called a “sauce” by the photographer. (Kalamazadkhan [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], from Wikimedia Commons). He calls it a “hot sauce,” not because of consistency, but on account of flavor and usage.

Hot sauce is way more useful than just dipping corn chips!

One can use hot sauce to flavor stews, soups, cheese dips and eggs. One can add it to almost any food which one would like to try. We’ve seen it applied to fruit and even corn on the cob.

If you grow your own hot sauce, you can choose your own potency…

When it comes to hot food, everyone has their own tolerance level, but that’s alright. One can use just enough picante to add flavor to a dish because at low levels of heat one’s taste buds will translate the hot pepper, not as “hot,” but rather as an exquisite flavor, something kind of exotic. Sometimes I’ll combine hot pepper sauce with oregano for a wonderful flavor.

If a pepper is too hot for you, use less.

Some of my favorite peppers are too hot for me to simply eat, but I simply use smaller amounts, often mixed with tomato sauce, to water down the heat, and then I can enjoy the flavor of the pepper without it being masked by shear heat.

Tabasco pepper, hot pepper, beautiful pepper
The Tabasco pepper is not only hot, it is BEAUTIFUL. Plants reach about 4′ in height, so if grown in a container, use a large one.

Peppers are often ideal for container gardening.

  • They’re beautiful.
  • They’re useful/culinary.
  • Some varieties fit and grow extremely well in a container.
ornamental pepper, potted pepper plant, container grown pepper, grow your own hot sauce
Ornamental peppers are usually pretty hot, but they are quite edible and good for adding spice to your cooking.

For additional reading: Peppers Combine Beauty with Utility

Here’s a super easy hot sauce recipe


  • 1 pint of tomato sauce (or paste, watered down a bit)
  • 2 cloves of garlic, peeled
  • 1 Jalepeño pepper (remove the stem first)
  • 1 teaspoon of salt

Place all ingredients into a pot and boil for a few minutes, to cook the pepper and garlic.

Let cool a bit and then place the whole mix into a blender.

Blend it up!


Note: Any kind of hot pepper can be substituted. Just experiment with quantities until you find what you like.


The Sample Seed Shop has some great pepper seeds. If you want to grow your own hot sauce, and don’t know which pepper to try, try the Serrano, which is a good, all purpose hot pepper.


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