How to Grow Tabasco Sauce Step 2

How to Grow Tabasco Sauce, Step 1, included information on growing Tabasco pepper plants from seed. Step 2 is an illustrated guide for using the fresh peppers to make your own Tabasco sauce.

After the Tabasco peppers have ripened to the perfect color of red, pick them from the plant, wash, and carefully remove the stems and green caps. Chop peppers and place them in a saucepan. It’s always a good idea to wear kitchen gloves whenever handling fresh peppers.

Add about 1 1/2 cups or more of white vinegar to the pan of chopped Tabasco peppers. Mix in 1 teaspoon of salt. Heat the mixture until it just begins to boil and then turn heat down. Simmer for 5-7 minutes. Allow the pepper and vinegar mixture to cool completely.

Carefully pour the pepper mixture into a blender. Make sure the lid is on tight and puree. Pour the mixture into a jar and tighten the lid. Place the jar in the refrigerator and allow it to steep for 3 weeks.

Strain the mixture and use a pestle or other kitchen utensil to separate all the liquid from the pepper seeds and pulp.

Pour the Tabasco sauce into a bottle with a tight-fitting lid. Properly refrigerated, the hot sauce should keep indefinitely. Use it to spice up any recipe that needs more zip like egg dishes, Spanish rice, salsas and curries. Homemade Tabasco sauce also makes delicious Buffalo wings.


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Hi Dave,

Thanks for the tip on the apple cider vinegar–great idea! I’m glad you had good luck with the recipe.


Hi Paul,

This isn’t exact, but you could try a 1:1 ratio of 1 cup peppers to 1 cup vinegar. If that sounds too strong for you, use more vinegar.

Another suggestion is to look for the canning advice from your county’s Extension office. They may even have a website with recipes.

Good luck–and let us know how it goes,

Hi Jodi,
What quantity of tabasco peppers should I use for the 1 1/2 cups of vinegar?

This isn’t exact, but you could try a 1:1 ratio of peppers to vinegar. Feel free to adjust to taste depending on how hot you’d like your sauce.

Good luck!

I will try this and let you know

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