Debi’s Flamin’ Hot Sauce

Debi's Flamin' Hot Sauce will spice up any meal!  |  Life Currents
Let’s talk a little about chiles. Chiles add flavor and heat to anything you put them in. And, depending on which chile you choose, you can get different flavors and different levels of heat. Take a look here for a chart on the heat levels of lots of chiles.

Now, the only way I can think of to explain the different flavors of chiles will make me sound like I’m using wine snob talk, but that’s the only way I can think of to explain, so please forgive me.

I think most people agree that the flavor of a chipotle is smokey and rich. But, how do you describe a jalapeno? To me, a jalapeno has a metallic flavor, one that isn’t pleasant to my palate. Wasabi has a biting, chemical lemony flavor, as does horseradish. But, some chiles have a fruity flavor. Habanero chiles, although super spicy, have that lovely fruity flavor. So do aji chiles. The aji chile is full of sweet fruity flavor with a strong heat level, and it’s one of my favorites because of its flavor.

The aji chile is a South American hot chile pepper. I keep a bag of red aji chile peppers in my freezer. I buy these bags from a Mexican market that’s pretty close to my house. Now, if you can’t find or grow aji chiles, I’d recommend using a Habanero for the fruity flavor it has. And, if you can’t find or don’t want to buy that, try a red jalapeno (which, once they’ve matured to the red stage, they’re sweeter than the green ones). 

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The bag of red aji chiles I keep in my freezer. Just cut the stem off to use the chile in my Flamin’ Hot Sauce!

My Flamin’ Hot Sauce calls for Chipotle Paste. You’ll find the guide for that here. It’s really easy to make. At this point, I use a big 12 ounce can of chipotles in adobo and blend up the whole thing. It keeps for a long time in the fridge, that is if you don’t eat it all right away. Which, I admit, my jar gets used up very quickly! I love adding a small spoonful to soups, guacamole, or scrambled eggs.

My Flamin’ Hot Sauce is full flavored and lightly sweet. It isn’t hot just for the sake of being hot. It’s smokey and rich with chipotle peppers. Seriously, I’ve made several batches lately, and I can’t stop eating the stuff. It rocks on nachos or eggs. We ate it on taquitos and on pot stickers. Anywhere you want a little rich flavored kick, that’s the place to use it.

And, if you want to make more of a medium-hot sauce, just leave out the whole chile. The sauce is wonderful flavorful at the medium level as well, and may make some people very happy at this heat level.

Debi's Flamin' Hot Sauce will spice up any meal!  |  Life Currents

Debi's Flaming' Hot Sauce
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353 calories
30 g
0 g
28 g
2 g
4 g
291 g
1038 g
21 g
0 g
23 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 353
Calories from Fat 245
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 28g
Saturated Fat 4g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 20g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 1038mg
Total Carbohydrates 30g
Dietary Fiber 3g
Sugars 21g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 1 red aji chili, habenero, or red jalapeno, optional depending on how hot you want it
  2. ½ cup vegetable broth
  3. juice of 1 lime
  4. ¼ teaspoon salt
  5. ¼ teaspoon chili powder
  6. 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  7. 2 tablespoon chipotle paste
  8. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  9. 3 teaspoons honey or maple syrup
  1. Remove the stem of the chile pepper. Blend all ingredients, including the seeds of the chile, in a blender until smooth and well incorporated.
  2. Eat on everything!
  1. Directions for making chipotle paste can be found here:
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  1. David Wayland says

    This is definitely excellent. You can feel the heat in the mouth, but not in an uncomfortable way. You can taste the actual flavor of the peppers. A very enjoyable experience that adds great flavor and a little warmth to any dish.

  2. says

    Hot sauce is a staple in our house. I’ve been wanting to make a homemade version. I’ll be trying this once I get the ingredients together. I’m seeing hot wings in my future.

  3. says

    Debi, this hot sauce sounds amazing, and it’s just beautiful- I’m sooo glad you shared it at Treasure Box Tuesday! I love the ingredients you used, and the descriptions of how peppers taste- fantastic.Thanks for the link to the heat level chart, too! :)

  4. Two Healthy Kitchens says

    Seriously – my mouth started watering just looking at these photos! We eat a LOT of hot sauce at my house, so I’m really excited to try this recipe! Pinning quick, quick! Oh – and your pics are drop-dead gorgeous! Love that decanter bottle with the beautiful stopper!


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