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The Best Chilli Sauce You Will Ever Taste

Chilli Sauce

Gifts, Preserves, Sauces | 11th November 2009 | By

This recipe really is for the best chilli sauce you will ever taste. It’s a medium hot ketchup style chilli sauce, but is packed with flavour. It can be used as an ingredient in recipes, but is at its best drizzled over the top of eggs, tomato dishes or spread into a cheese or tofu sandwich.

I know, I know. What’s this got to do with chocolate I hear you ask? Well to be honest very little, other than chilli and chocolate come from the same part of the world and as Kath The Ordinary Cook pointed out, they do go very well together.

I was recently asked for my homemade chilli sauce recipe and as it’s one of my own and very dear to my heart I have decided to go against my own rules and put it on my chocolate blog. Read on to find out how to make the best chilli sauce you will ever taste.

Locoto Chillies

Alberto’s Locoto

We grow Alberto’s Locoto which are hardier than most chillies and we grow them outdoors. The pepper is one of the oldest domesticated chillies. It originates in the Andes and is known variously as the tree chilli, apple pepper, rocoto and manzano; its scientific name is Capsicum pubescens.

It’s particularly good for making chilli sauce as the fruits are large and thick fleshed. These peppers have a lot of flavour and have more of a warming quality rather than a burning one. That said, I stuffed them with chocolate and cream cheese once before cooking in the foolish belief that the cream cheese would cool them down. It didn’t have quite the desired effect.

Unfortunately we didn’t manage to get our Alberto’s locoto ripe this year so we picked them green and have been waiting for them to ripen in our not so warm house. Today was the day we could wait no longer and luckily many of them were nice and red.

CT is just a little bit obsessed with the Lost Crops of the Incas. I’ve tried many an unusual vegetable and fruit since I met him. Apart from this locoto chilli, oca is a root we eat quite often. Here’s a recipe for chilli roasted oca, just in case you ever get your hands on some. And here’s another for vegan oca peanut stew with kale.

Homemade Chilli Sauce

My chief taster helped out a bit with this chilli sauce, he got the fun job of deseeding all the chillies! Once that job is done, the rest is pretty straightforward. It’s mostly a case of adding everything to the pan, boiling it up and then blending.

Chilli Sauce

You can make this sauce milder by using more red peppers and less chillies. The red peppers give the sauce a wonderful colour and help to flavour it.

The quantities I use make for a light ketchup type consistency. But you can make it thicker or runnier by adding more or less arrowroot. I’ve also made a runnier version of this sauce using our yellow Fatalii chillies and yellow sweet peppers. It worked well but was very very hot, so we only use it for cooking.

My tongue is now burning from tasting the sauce. It’s not the hottest sauce in the world, but you generally don’t need a great deal of it! In my humble opinion, this is the best chilli sauce ever – good and hot, but also flavoursome.

Update October 2014

The quantities given make 6-8 bottles depending on size. The photographs are for a much larger batch I recently made with a friend.

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The Best Chilli Sauce You Will Ever Taste – The Recipe

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Homemade Chilli Sauce

The best chilli sauce you will ever taste. A medium hot chilli sauce, flavoured and sweetened with red peppers.
Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time1 hr
Heat processing20 mins
Total Time2 hrs
Course: Jams, Chutneys etc
Cuisine: British
Keyword: chilli sauce, chillies, hot sauce, ketchup, red peppers
Servings: 8 150ml bottles
Calories: 95kcal


  • 2 lb hot red Locoto chilli (or other thick fleshed chillies) - halved and deseeded or other thick fleshed chillies
  • 2 sweet red peppers
  • 8 oz shallots - peeled and quartered
  • 8 large cloves of garlic - peeled and quartered
  • 1 large cooking apple unnamed Cornish variety - peeled, cored and and cut into pieces
  • ½ pt water
  • 3 bay leaves
  • several sprigs of thyme
  • ½ pt red wine vinegar + 1 tbsp
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tsp arrowroot


  • Skin the red peppers by grilling them until the skins are black and blistered then put them in a plastic bag for 5 mins before removing the skins - it's still messy but a lot easier to skin this way.
  • Put the chillies, red peppers, shallots, garlic, apple, water, bay leaves and thyme into a large saucepan.
  • Bring to the boil and simmer for ½ an hour.
  • Add all but the tbsp of red wine vinegar and salt.
  • Simmer for about another ½ hour.
  • Remove bay leaves and thyme.
  • Purée mixture using a hand-held blender.
  • Mix the arrowroot with the reserved tbsp of red wine vinegar until blended.
  • Stir this into the chilli mixture along with the salt and simmer for a further 3 mins until sauce has thickened slightly and is the consistency of tomato ketchup.
  • Pour into 6-8 clean smallish sterilised glass bottles and cap.
  • Heat process by placing bottles into a large saucepan filled with enough water so that bottles are ¾ covered. Bring water up to boiling point and simmer for 20 mins.


Makes 8 150 ml bottles.
Stored in a cool dark place, this should last for at least 18 months, but keep in fridge once opened.
Please note: calories and other nutritional information are per serving. They're approximate and will depend on serving size and exact ingredients used.


Serving: 150ml | Calories: 95kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 310mg | Potassium: 558mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 2023IU | Vitamin C: 205mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 2mg


  1. Kath

    11th November 2009 at 9:19 pm

    Brilliant, thanks Choclette, I will show this to my husband and hint at trying to grow Alberto’s Locoto next year, they sound good. The sauce sounds very good, we still have a pile of our chillies left so will try to find the time to give this a go. Thank you for making an exception to post this on your lovely blog.

  2. Lucie

    12th November 2009 at 10:09 pm

    oooo what a great idea, this would make a great gift.

  3. Hapi

    15th November 2009 at 1:00 pm

    hello… hapi blogging… have a nice day! just visiting here….

  4. Choclette

    15th November 2009 at 5:11 pm

    Nice to have you drop by Hapi.

  5. MaryMoh

    28th November 2009 at 3:22 pm

    wow….beautiful colour of chili sauce. I would love it mixed into fried noodles…mmm… or as dipping for vegetable fritters. Thanks for sharing

  6. Choclette

    6th December 2009 at 3:22 pm

    Thanks for taking a look MaryMoh – the sauce is quite a hot one but now I’ve got used to it I sometimes have it on my toast for breakfast. I love the colour too – although the chillies are red, it’s the red pepper that really gives it such a beautiful shade of orangey red.

  7. figjamandlimecordial

    29th January 2010 at 8:24 pm

    That looks WONDERFUL! The colour reminds me of those fabulously hot peri peri sauces we get from the Portugese chicken restaurants. Thanks for the link, Choclette, I’ll bookmark this for when our chilli bush really starts producing.

    Cheers, Celia

  8. Celia @ Fig Jam and Lime Cordial

    21st April 2010 at 7:23 am

    Choclette, I’ve just made five bottles of this sauce – it’s a wonderful recipe, thank you! I used two apples instead of one, and quite different chillies – will get it up on my blog soon. Thanks again! Celia

  9. Choclette

    22nd April 2010 at 5:19 am

    Oh wonderful stuff Celia – I’m so glad someone else is trying this recipe out. Look forward to reading your post soon.

  10. Gill the Painter

    25th April 2010 at 11:48 am

    Ah, I’ve just made your chilli sauce recipe too just after you Celia, using red fresno peppers.

    It’s delicious!
    I haven’t been able to seal my jars so it will live in the fridge as long as it lasts.

    Mine’s a thick ketchup consistency – which yielded about 500-600mil at a guess.

    A very pleasant pepper blend you’ve given us there – minus the adult kick-ass burn. Nice one, and thank you. Gill.

  11. Choclette

    26th April 2010 at 7:33 am

    Gill – thank you for letting me know. I’m really pleased folk are making this sauce. You’re photograph is great – love the bottle and I so love the colour. I think consistency depends on the type of chilli. The normal chillies I use makes a ketchup type of sauce where as when I’ve done it with our Fatalii (hot whew) which are thin skinned it came out as a much thinner sauce.

  12. Gill the Painter

    26th April 2010 at 4:28 pm

    My attempt also had 1 bell and 2 red italian peppers in there, so quite a bit of pulp.
    & my apples went quite sticky, I think they aided it too.

    If I’d used smaller hotter beasties, I’d have needed to thicken it, Choclette.

    My husband is under orders not to use it all up in his salmon fishcakes!

  13. Dee Johnson

    22nd February 2013 at 12:10 pm

    We love chilli sauce in this family so this is a recipe i will sure be trying. I think i would add a few chillies but not 2Lb lol, think that could be over kill for the kids.

  14. Judith Luscombe

    15th August 2013 at 7:25 am

    Albertos Locoto chillies, have never heard of these but this recipe sounds fab, I love all my stirfries spiced up with some chilli sauce.

  15. Abhilasha

    21st August 2015 at 6:26 pm

    I have a taste bud for hot n spicy stuff and this looks like THE thing.. Awesome..

    • Choclette

      21st August 2015 at 9:57 pm

      Haha, it rally is THE thing Abhilasha 🙂

  16. Chris

    21st August 2015 at 7:03 pm

    That Sauce Looks lovely. I have quite a few chillies at home, but I guess they still won’t be enough. I have to many different versions and then maybe a drop of the sauce could kill you … nah, maybe not, but I reckon it would be very very hot.

    • Choclette

      21st August 2015 at 10:00 pm

      Ah the beauty of this sauce Chris is that you can substitute as many sweet red peppers as you like for hot chillies.

  17. Roy

    21st August 2015 at 7:05 pm

    That is such a lovely colour..would love to make my own chilli sauce 🙂

    • Choclette

      22nd August 2015 at 8:11 pm

      Ah well you have a recipe now Roy 😉

  18. Razena |

    21st August 2015 at 7:47 pm

    This looks like my kind of sauce. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Choclette

      22nd August 2015 at 8:12 pm

      Thanks Razena, when I say it’s the best, I really mean it 😉

  19. Chris @ SimpleFood365

    21st August 2015 at 9:57 pm

    I love hot sauces and chili sauces. This sounds so good. I have never tried making it at home but this has inspired me!

    • Choclette

      22nd August 2015 at 8:15 pm

      Oh let me know if you give it a go Chris. The beauty of this one is that you can make it as hot as you like.

  20. Byron Thomas

    22nd August 2015 at 12:10 am

    That’s fantastic! I love making large batches of preserves. And those bottles are super cute!

    • Choclette

      22nd August 2015 at 6:43 pm

      Thanks Byron, you’re right, those bottles are indeed cute 🙂

  21. Molly Kumar

    22nd August 2015 at 9:36 pm

    Oooohhhhh Spicy !!! love the combo of chili and pepper sauces.

    • Choclette

      23rd August 2015 at 10:24 am

      Thanks Molly. We do like our chillies over at Tin and Thyme HQ 😉

  22. Diane

    23rd August 2015 at 5:21 am

    I’m waist deep in red peppers right now! This sauce is looking like a way to use them up. I made a sauce with them yesterday using just the peppers and tomatoes. That was spicy since I left the seeds in. Maybe i’ll give this a goand see what happens. Thanks!

    • Choclette

      23rd August 2015 at 10:31 am

      What a fortunate position to be in Diane. Love the idea of being waist deep in red peppers. Hope you get on well with it 🙂

  23. Janice

    17th July 2018 at 8:34 pm

    What a wonderful sauce! Our son and daughter-in-law can’t get enough of chilli sauce!


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