How to Make Hot Sauce from Dried Peppers

Why wait for summer to make hot sauce? Here's how to make hot sauce from dried peppers, so you can make it year-round with this small-batch recipe.
Course Sauces and Dressings
Cuisine Vegan
Keyword dried peppers, hot sauce
Prep Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 24
Calories 15kcal
Author Becky Striepe



  • 1 cup dried chili peppers NOT a packed cup
  • boiling water to cover
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 head garlic peeled
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar or to taste


  • Cut the tops off of your chili peppers, then place them in a small bowl. Heat your water to boiling, then pour it over the peppers. You may need to use a spoon or two to anchor those suckers so that they stay submerged. Let your peppers soak in the water for about 30 minutes, then drain them. 
  • Add the peppers to the bowl with the garlic cloves, then pour enough vinegar over them to cover. Use your spoons again to keep the peppers from floating, and soak for 30 minutes more. 
  • Pour the peppers, garlic, and vinegar into a food processor and add the sugar. Blend until smooth.


1 serving = 1 tablespoon


Calories: 15kcal