My husband and I love to get Mexican food at local taco shops and sometimes we make our own at home and we thought making homemade hot sauce was difficult. But after looking up some recipes it's actually really easy. I'd say it's worth making at home and putting in fridge. It's very inexpensive to make and its fresh!
Since this blog was inspired by my husband's salsa challenge, I thought it's only right to post the recipe:
30 Arbol chili pods (you can do 10-15 if you don't want it too spicy)
6 entero chili pods (add 3 more of these if you want less spicy and use only 1/2 of the Arbol chili)
2 large ripe but firm tomatoes
2 jalapeños (1 jalapeño if you want less spicy or remove seeds and viens)
1/2 brown onion cut into large strips
6 garlic cloves
1/2 bunch of cilantro (cut bottom stems off)
1-2 teaspoon salt to taste
1 cup of water reserved from the stock water from the boil.
In a stock pot rinse all of your chilies and veggies. Then fill water until tomatoes are covered with water and boil the chilies, tomatoes, jalapeño until the tomato's skin starts peeling off. Then remove all items from boiling water and into a bowl and set to cool. Leave a 1 cup of the boiling water and dump out rest. This is used to thin out the salsa so it's not so thick.
After you dump out the water, in the same pot, add vegetable oil to brown the garlic, onions and take 1/2 of the chili and put them in there and cook until to you get brown roasted color. The more burnt the red peppers are, the darker roasted brown color of salsa. The cooking of the garlic and onion makes it less potent and more mild tasting in the salsa. You can also roast the dried chilies instead of the boiled one. Works just as good.
Then in a nutribullet, blender or food processor combine it all:
Blend all ingredients and 1/4 cup of water first and blend until it's salsa consistency. Then if it's too thick I add the rest of the stick water and get it to the consistency that you like.
caution: if your ingredients are still hot, and then you blend it and eat it right away, it will be super spicy. If you refrigerate, it will be less spicy.
Serve with a good tortilla chip: