Guest Post: Habenero Hot Sauce from Scott Lindenhurst

May 24, 2013(updated on August 30, 2021)

Scott Lindenhurst is the creator of Sauce Authority and is avid hot sauce aficionado. For nearly a year now, he’s willing tasted every hot sauce, pepper oil, and barbecue sauce he’s been able to get his hands on in order to share his findings with his growing audience of chili heads. Today, he’s stopped by to tell us a little more about his journey to the fire-y side of canning and preserving and share a recipe.


I first realized that I had a hot sauce addiction when it became apparent that my life (and my meals) had been consumed with the thought, “I can add hot sauce to this?” From chicken, burgers and pork, to pasta, French fries and soup, nothing was safe. Between the taste-testing and the brewing up my own concoction, the Lindenhurst house has not been the same since.

I started Sauce Authority in the Fall of 2012 to give my hot sauce obsession a home. I live, breathe and sleep hot sauce – much to my wife’s frequent dismay. I grab every chance to try new hot sauces. And while I can’t get enough of taste-testing and reviewing sauces, more recently I have dabbled in making my own sauce. The most recent batch will have its debut at a party over the Memorial Day weekend.

One thing that I’m doing that made my sauce appropriate for a guest post on Food in Jars is that I’m putting the sauce in a jar, rather than the standard bottles that most hot sauces typically come in. The jar makes it look more of a salsa-type sauce, but make no mistake. It is a seriously hot sauce through and through.

Here is a step-by-step look at how I prepared this hot sauce for Memorial Day weekend:


I first started by laying out all of the ingredients. As you can see, there are the empty jars, Hunt’s diced tomatoes, red chile peppers, habanero peppers, minced garlic, vegetable oil and onions. Additional ingredients that were not in this picture include chili powder, salt, and white distilled vinegar.


All the different peppers, garlic and onions are sliced and diced and ready for the frying pan.


I poured the vegetable oil into the frying pan and then added to the peppers, garlic and onions. Cook them over medium-high heat until the onions begin to brown.


Don’t overdo it though, you don’t want to burn the tips of the peppers.


Once the onions have started to brown, you add the diced tomatoes, vinegar, chili powder, and salt.


Once the diced tomatoes begin to soften and the vinegar has reduced a bit, you remove the pan from the heat.


Once the vegetables have had a chance to cool down a little, they get poured into a blender or food processor. Puree the sauce until it’s as smooth as you can get it.


Once the sauce is quite smooth, I strained it through a sieve to remove any chunky bits that remained and then funneled it into the waiting pint jars.


After all that work, I had to take it for an immediate test run. Even though the flavors hadn’t had time to rest and marry, it was still amazingly flavorful and spicy. By the time Memorial Day arrives, the sauce will be ready!

Visit Scott’s website for more hot sauce recipes.

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Guest Post: Habenero Hot Sauce from Scott Lindenhurst


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 onion
  • 6 peppers I used 4 habanero and 2 chili
  • 3-5 cloves of garlic
  • 29 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup of white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  • Finely chop the onions, peppers, and garlic. Take care when chopping the hot peppers so as not to burn your fingers (disposable gloves are recommended).
  • Place a large skillet over medium-high heat and add vegetable oil.
  • Heat the oil until it shimmers and then add the onions, peppers, and garlic. Cook vegetables, stirring regularly, until the onions begin to brown, about 8 to 10 minutes.
  • When onions are ready, add tomatoes, vinegar, chili powder, and salt. Stir to combine and cook until tomatoes soften and the liquid has reduced.
  • Remove pan from heat and let the sauce cool for a few minutes.
  • Carefully transfer the sauce into a blender or food processor and puree.
  • Pour sauce through a sieve to remove any remaining chunks and funnel into the waiting jars.
  • Let jars cool and refrigerate.

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8 thoughts on "Guest Post: Habenero Hot Sauce from Scott Lindenhurst"

  • That looks really good. Since it can’t be processed how long do you think it is good in the fridge for?

  • Could you just process like a salsa? I would put it in much smaller jars, since hubby would be the only one really interested in the hot sauce.

  • You are a LOT more macho than I am! Never could get into habaneros – just too hot. I don’t go much past jalapeno. But that’s a gorgeous sauce! And I wholeheartedly approve of breakfast tacos, LOL.

  • what would keep this from being processed if you add some extra acid? i would love to make it but would need it to keep a little while since i could never go through all of that quickly!

  • You refer to sugar in the narrative, but sugar is not included in the actual recipe. How much sugar, and when should it be added?

    1. Thanks for catching that, Kristin. There was no sugar in the recipe that Scott sent me, so I’ve omitted mention of it in the narrative.

    1. This recipe was not developed for canning. It does have a goodly amount of vinegar, so it should keep well for up to three months in the fridge.