Posted by: zenmamajo | March 13, 2012

Emergency (Pregnancy) Hot Sauce Recipe…

over the weekend i whipped up a couple omelets with sautéed onions, cole slaw salad mix and cheese (hey: better than bacon cupcakes…) and saved one for monday morning. i loooonged for that omelet all weekend and could barely contain my egg-citement to eat it as i grabbed a jar of tabasco sauce to slather it with spicy goodness…but then i realized there was only about 5 good shakes left…not nearly enough to meet my pregnancy spice quota…hmmm…such a dilemma for the start of a monday morning…i was faced with three choices:

1. eat the meal and feel unsatisfied until the next time i made omelets and had an adequate amount of hot sauce on hand the rest of the day because i can’t stop daydreaming of how the meal could have tasted…
2. pack the kids up and make a quick store run…

OOOOOOOOORRRRRR (here comes a moment of brilliance!!!)

3. make my own hot sauce! (insert superhero music: dun-dun-dun-DUUUHHH!)

i read the back of the tabasco bottle and saw it contained: distilled vinegar, salt, and red pepper. three ingredients? how hard could it be? a quick google search of: “homemade hot sauce recipe” yielded tons of results – i skimmed over a few and came up with this super-easy-slap-it-together-in-no-time recipe.

here are the ingredients:

distilled white vinegar, salt, water, crushed red pepper (i used the same red pepper i used to make a *really* simple kim chi recipe a few weeks back). here’s the crushed red pepper up close:

the portions i used this morning during my dry run were:

1T water
1/2T vinegar
dash of salt
1/2-1t of red pepper

i mixed everything in a tiny dish and found it delicious! just what my pregnancy self omelets needed!

the portions i used to make a larger batch:
1/2 c water
1/4 c vinegar
1/4 t salt
2-3 T red pepper

i poured everything in to the squirt bottle then gave it a good shake. i used tap water so i plan to keep it in the fridge. i have no clue about shelf life – but it won’t last that long to matter.
adjust ingredients to your own preference. lots of other ingredients can be added to broaden the flavor – onions, seasonings, etc …i have a pretty simple palate when it comes to hot sauce: spicy and vinegary – so consider this a starting point for your own creation *haha*.

since i didn’t take a foto of my omelets from this morning – here is a foto of my lunch (leftover pork stir fry i made this weekend – totally wish i would have documented that recipe!) flanked by the newly made hot sauce and that tasty kim chi…

soooooooo yummy! thank the good Lord that my heartburn is gone from a few months ago! *hahah* i doubt this is the best hot sauce recipe around. but it’s quick and easy! desperate times called for desperate measures – enjoy!



  1. You are so clever. Never heard of making your own hot sauce — I stay away from it because it doesn’t agree with my stomach. Great idea.

    • i couldn’t have done this a month ago – my first trimester was full of reflux – *ouch*! dairy is still a big aggravator :(. i had never heard of making homemade hot sauce either – that’s why i love the internet! thx, pat :).

  2. pregnancy spice quota? smart idea to make your own hot sauce! we ran into a similar problem on the weekend when my husband made french toast before we realized we didn’t have any maple syrup. we were going to eat it as it, but it just wasn’t very good. ended up searching on the internet and found we could use corn syrup – just have to add some vanilla and sugar.

  3. yes – prego spice quota…with pregnancy (at least with me) comes compulsion – some prego women sometimes crave chalk…others sweets…me: spice – within reason, of course *hahah*. oh! the homemade syrup is something that i’ve been wanting to try! i have an old cookbook from when i was a girl with a homemade syrup recipe – very similar to yours. good to know someone who’s tried it – very encouraging – we’ll have to try it now – thx!

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