Awww yeah. The real deal, this one. Not so fiery you can’t taste anything for a week after, but just the right balance of hot and delicious. You want flavour in your sauce, not just death.
We made this version recently for a big sauce day (fueled by the Triple J Hottest 100), and while I’ve made chilli sauce before, this is the one we’ll be making now until forever. This chilli sauce is now my boyfriend.
I think it might have something to do with the fact we modelled it on one of Jamie Oliver’s recipes, so you can’t go too far wrong there!
So far I’ve eaten this on everything except ice cream. No word of a lie though, I’ve considered it. It would be amazing over a scoop of real vanilla…
Homemade Hot Chilli Sauce
- 12 red chillies, chopped (don’t deseed because this is hot chilli sauce, OK?!)
- 2 onions, peeled and chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons oil
- 3-4 teaspoons chilli powder
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 6 super-ripe plum tomatoes peeled and chopped or 440g tinned
- 150ml apple cider vinegar
- 1 cup apple juice
- Blitz the chillies, onion, garlic and salt in a food processor until basically a paste.
- Turn out into a frying pan with the oil gently heating in it, and sweat for about 10 minutes.
- Add the chilli powder and sugar and cook another 10 mins.
- Add the tomatoes, apple cider vinegar, and apple juice and simmer 20 minutes or so
- Blend until smooth (I use a stick blender), taste for seasoning. If it’s not hot enough (yes, really), add more chilli powder. Remember when it’s eaten cold it won’t have the same flavour and can lose a bit so ensure it’s flavourful.
- Pour into hot, sterilised bottles or jars and leave to cool, preferably overnight.