Spoon and container of homemade Habanero Hot Sauce beside lime wedges and habanero stems
5 from 3 votes

Spicy Habanero Hot Sauce

Insanely delicious, spicy habanero hot sauce with 5 simple ingredients: onion, garlic, lime, habanero peppers, and salt! Spicy, creamy and perfect atop tacos, burritos, nachos, and more!
Author: Minimalist Baker
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings: 8 (2-Tbsp servings)
Category: Sauce
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Mexican/Latin-Inspired, Vegan
Freezer Friendly 1 month
Does it keep? 7 Days


  • 6 whole habanero peppers (seeds and stem removed)
  • 2/3 cup yellow or white onion (diced)
  • 8 cloves garlic (smashed and peeled)
  • 3 Tbsp lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 4 Tbsp Water to thin / blend


  1. Add peppers, onion, garlic, lime juice, and salt to a small blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Add water as needed until creamy and smooth - about 1/4 cup (60ml // adjust amount if altering batch size).

  2. Taste and adjust flavor as needed, adding more lime juice for acidity, salt for saltiness, habanero peppers for spice, or garlic for "zing."
  3. Store covered in the refrigerator for about 7 days, oftentimes more. Freeze leftovers in an ice cube tray and store in the freezer for individual use up to 1 month.


*Recipe makes ~1 cup of hot sauce.
*Inspired by the Habanero Hot Sauce at Teote in Portland, Oregon.

Nutrition Per Serving (1 of 8)