Hot Sauce

Let’s start with something easy. Any self-respecting Texas girl has a recipe for fabulous, authentic Tex-Mex Salsa. But here, we just call it “hot sauce.” (Or sometimes? Hot Sass! Love that!) It is served mostly with tortilla chips, although it is equally delicious on scrambled eggs, burritos, on any kind of Mexican food.

Now, this is a basic recipe for basic hot sauce. It doesn’t have foo-foo in it. You are welcome to add foo-foo as you see fit, but if you are anything like me, you will probably have it eaten before you can even mutter “cilantro.”

Now enough gabbing, on to the recipe.

Get yourself about 6 medium tomatoes, about 4 jalapeno peppers, and a can of diced tomatoes. Throw your fresh tomatoes and your jalapenos in a pot of water and “boil the shit out of them.” (Pardon my language, but that’s the recipe as given to me by my Mexican-American friend. It’s clearly been passed down several generations, and we do not mess with perfection.) Don’t bother to wash or trim them — just throw them in a pot of water. Boil your veggies about 20 minutes or so, until they’re all mushy and the jalapenos have turned a lovely olive-green color.

After they are sufficiently mushy, drain off the water and remove the skins from the tomatoes. Put half the fresh tomatoes and half the canned tomatoes in a food processor with ONE jalapeno. Pulse them all together till everything is chopped up, then taste. Keep adding either tomatoes or jalapenos until you get to the level of heat you like.

That’s it, sista! Like I said, you can foo-foo it to your heart’s content, adding garlic, cilantro, onion, lime juice, etc., but I prefer it just plain. That is the real deal, and what you will be served if you ever have the opportunity to eat at an authentic hole-in-the-wall Tex-Mex restaurant. I usually make 2 batches, one for DH (not so spicy) and one for myself (muy caliente!). Enjoy!


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About me: I am a native Texan who works for a health-related nonprofit organization. I have been married to my college sweetheart for 3 years. I enjoy cooking (and eating!), homemaking, doing it better (as in, “anything you can do, I can do better”) and, of course, generally being fabulous! Come be fabulous with me!