Seranno Hot Sauce by

Here's an easy recipe for a wicked batch of Serrano Hot Sauce! With a half pound of Serannos, you'll get two 5 oz. bottles worth of delicious, fiery hot sauce. Note that the instructions are not designed for long-term canning.

  • 1/2 lb. Serrano peppers (approx. 18-20)
  • 1 Habanero pepper (optional)
  • 1/4 onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • juice of 1 lime
  • freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon Mexican oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin (optional)
  • 8-10 cilantro sprigs

  1. Give the Serranos a good rinse and de-stem them. Be sure to wash your hands after handling them. More tips on handling hot chiles.
  2. Saute a roughly chopped 1/4 onion and 1 whole, peeled garlic clove in a glug of oil over medium heat.
  3. Once the onion is browning add 1 teaspoon Mexican oregano, some freshly cracked black pepper, and 1/4 teaspoon cumin (optional). Briefly cook until fragrant and then add the de-stemmed Serranos, 1/2 cup white vinegar, 1/4 cup water, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. You can optionally add a rinsed and de-stemmed Habanero pepper. Bring to a simmer and then add everything to a blender.
  4. Add 8-10 sprigs of cilantro and the juice of 1 lime to the blender. Combine well or to your desired consistency. I usually leave it a little chunky, but you can always blend it thinner.
  5. Add mixture to two 5 oz. bottles or a small Mason jar. Store in the fridge where it will keep for weeks at a time.

Other Info (pictures, nutrition, etc)
These are hot chiles so use caution when handling them! Be sure not to touch your eyes or nose after chopping them up. More tips on handling hot chiles.

It's best to use a non-reactive pan for this recipe -- I've mistakenly used my cast iron pan in the past and the acidity will eat away some of the pan's seasoning.

Calories: 5kcal Carbohydrates: 1g Protein: 1g Fat: 1g Saturated Fat: 1g Sodium: 50mg Potassium: 30mg Fiber: 1g Sugar: 1g Vitamin A: 89IU Vitamin C: 4mg Calcium: 2mg Iron: 1mg
Topic revision: r1 - 2022/10/09, RickMach
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