Ghost Pepper Hot Sauce Recipe


Is your taste for heat insatiable? Love big flavors? Then this homemade ghost pepper hot sauce is for you! Best of all it can be prepared in 10 minutes.

Ghost Pepper sauce is one of the most coveted sauces around with a fiery flavor that can satisfy even the most stringent chili pepper aficionado. Ghost peppers have the honor of being one of the spiciest peppers in the world, which is why they’re perfect for a super spicy hot sauce.

Ghost Pepper Hot Sauce

What is a Ghost Pepper?

The Ghost Pepper, also known as Bhut Jolokia, is a hybrid chili pepper from the Capsicum chinense and Capsicum frutescens species, originating in Northeast India. It was once recognized as the hottest pepper in the world by Guinness World Records. Known for its intense heat, it measures over 1,000,000 Scoville Heat Units (SHU), a unit of measure for the ‘spiciness’ of chili peppers.

How To Make Ghost Pepper Hot Sauce 

This Ghost Pepper sauce recipe, filled with fresh and hot ground ghost peppers, vinegar, salt, and tomatoes, is a flavorful explosion in your mouth.


  • Ground ghost peppers
  • Vinegar
  • Salt
  • Tomatoes
  • Olive Oil
  • Diced onions
  • Carrots diced

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Cooking Time: 35-45 minutes


This recipe yields 2 cups of hot sauce, enough for up to 20 servings. It’s easy to make, low in calories (only 12 calories per tablespoon), and can elevate any dish with its bold, smooth, sweet, and smoky flavor, with a fiery kick from the ghost peppers.

However, a word of caution: this sauce is not for the faint-hearted! Pour carefully to avoid any mishaps. Whether you use it as a condiment or gift it to a friend, this hot sauce will surely spice up any meal. It’s perfect for all things fried, grilled, or poached.

Caution: Handle with care due to its high spiciness. This bold, smooth, and slightly sweet yet smokey sauce will surely become your go-to hot sauce.

Servings: The recipe yields about 2 cups of hot sauce, enough to cater up to 20 servings, making it a perfect condiment or a spicy gift for a friend.

What You’ll Need

  • Cutting board
  • Knife
  • Pan
  • Food processor
  • Container

Ghost Pepper Hot Sauce Recipe

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Recipe by Laura Ritterman Course: SaucesCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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Check out our Ghost Pepper hot sauce recipe! It’s made with fresh ingredients and is sure to fire up just about anything.


  • 1 tablespoon 1 olive oil

  • 6 6 ghost peppers, chopped

  • 1 1 onion diced

  • 2 2 tomatoes chopped

  • 2 tablespoons 2 red wine vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon 1 salt

  • ½ cup water

  • 2 2 big carrots diced


  • First, heat oil in a pan, add peppers and onions and saute. Next, add tomatoes and stir. Let it cook for about 10 minutes.
  • Gradually add vinegar, salt, and water. Let the mixture simmer for about 20 minutes to allow all the exciting flavors to develop and mix thoroughly.
  • Transfer contents to a food processor and process until smooth.
  • Transfer to a container. Seal and refrigerate until ready to use.


  • Please note that if you plan on preparing it yourself, the fumes from the chili peppers may get into the air and you may want to wear a mask and goggles. If you decide to try this sauce, do so with caution. 
  • You can store this in jars for later
  • If needed blend again for a smooth sauce

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Tips and Tricks 

  • The Ghost Pepper, also known as the Bhut Jolokia, is one of the most intense peppers in the world. Scoville Heat Units (SHU) measure a pepper’s heat level measurement of over 1 million SHU, which puts Ghost Peppers on another level.
  • The hottest pepper in the world is just a seed away, but working with hotter peppers takes some special care. When handling hotter peppers it is important to wear gloves; the oils can get on your skin and cause burning, especially if you touch your face and eyes. Be sure to wash your hands thoroughly with soap after you are done processing.
  • Far from your standard hot sauce fare, this exotically flavored and potent concoction is not for the faint-hearted.


  1. Is it necessary to ferment hot sauce?

    Fermentation amplifies the flavor of hot sauce and makes it good for your gut. Fermentation of hot sauce takes roughly 5-7 days. The longer you ferment it, the more complex the flavor will be, but a week should suffice. 
    It’s not absolutely necessary to ferment hot sauce but it does make it last longer and taste better. 

  2. How can you make shelf-stable hot sauce?

    You will need a pH of 3.4 to prevent bacteria from thriving. The acidity creates an environment where bacteria cannot live. Use citrus fruits like lemons or limes, or a high-quality vinegar, to attain this balance.

  3. How long will homemade hot sauce last?

    The hot sauce contained in properly sterilized and canned jars should be shelf-stable for up to a year. I recommend keeping this hot sauce in the refrigerator since we are not adding any preservatives here. Store your hot sauce in a cold, dark place or the refrigerator. You can also keep a small container out and freeze or can the rest!

  4. How can I make my homemade hot sauce better?

    Add something with a bit of extra flavor like honey, agave, maple syrup, or brown sugar. This will add a hint of sweetness without taking away from the heat. The best spicy foods have flavor and spice, not just spice. 

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How long does this hot sauce last in fridge?

When properly stored in an airtight container, this Ghost Pepper Hot Sauce can last in the refrigerator for up to 6 months. Always ensure to use a clean utensil when serving to prevent contamination and extend its shelf life.


This Ghost Pepper hot sauce combines the legendary heat of the Bhut Jolokia (Ghost Pepper) with the fruity flavor of red bell peppers and a hint of garlic, giving it an amazing depth of flavor. Use it on everything, because this is the hottest hot sauce around.

The flavor is fairly mild because this hot sauce is all about the heat. Just a couple of drops will level up any dish. This is as hot as it gets!

This ghost pepper hot sauce recipe is perfect for the most daring and adventurous palates. This delicious ghost pepper hot sauce is the perfect topping for tacos, sandwiches, and salsas – you name it!

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