Habanero Hot Sauce

(Used in this project: Bottle Labels and Hang Tags in Metropolitan style.)

With nearly a month to go before the big date, my fiancé and I are looking for fun favor ideas to send home with our guests after the wedding. And because we really like food, we’ve been looking for something fun and edible to make ourselves. Fortunately for us, our search for the perfect favor idea ended when I found a recipe for habanero hot sauce on Dax Phillip’s food blog, Simple Comfort Food. Not only is it super spicy and delicious, but it’s also the perfect shade of yellow to match our wedding colors!

The recipe is really simple, and if you’re like us, you may already have some of the ingredients growing in your garden:

• 8 whole habanero peppers, stems removed
• 1 tablespoon salt
• 1 tablespoon turmeric powder
• 1 medium onion, halved
• 3 cloves garlic, smashed
• 2 tablespoons olive oil
• 4 cherry tomatoes, halved
• 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, lightly chopped
• 3/4 cup cider vinegar
• 1 tablespoon granulated sugar

Preheat your oven to 450°F. Grease or line a cookie sheet with parchment paper, and distribute the onion, garlic and tomato halves in a single layer. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place cookie sheet in the oven and cook for 15 minutes, or until the onion pieces are well roasted.

Remove the cookie sheet from the oven and place the roasted vegetables in a blender along with the rest of the ingredients on the list. Blend until the mixture is pureed, and pour into an airtight jar or container and store in the refrigerator until ready to use.

Because Matt and I save everything, we had a whole box of empty hot sauce bottles stored away, so we soaked off their old labels and cleaned them out. After pouring the habanero hot sauce inside the bottles, we decorated them with spice colored tags and labels in the style Metropolitan. I can’t wait to give them away to our friends and family!

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Lindsay is a writer/blogger from Oregon who loves crafting, cooking, gardening, and simple living. You can find her writing about all of this and more on her blog A Wooden Nest.

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  1. dobes says

    I make Dax’s recipe all the time, substituting roasted red peppers for the tomatoes, which I am allergic to. The stuff is unbelievably delicious and highly addictive!

    • says

      Hey Elena,

      it’s been awhile since this post, but I think the recipe yielded a little more than the amount of one standard sized hot sauce bottle. I’ll try to remember to post the exact amounts next time I make it.


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