I’ve made my first batch of homemade hot sauce. It’s really good but lacking the Mexican flavour (think Cholula) that I’m searching for. What am I missing here?
These are the ingredients I’ve used thus far:
1/2 large yellow onion
18 red jalapeño peppers (they were small like peppadews and very sweet - I suspect this is the problem)
5 smashed cloves of garlic
good pinch of Spanish smoked paprika
heaping tsp of Hungarian sweet paprika
heaping tsp of tomato powder
I sautéed the vegetables in just a touch of oil for a few minutes then added the spices for a couple more. In went the water and I simmered for about 20 minutes. Cooled the mixture and then placed in blender and pureed until smooth. Then I drizzled in the vinegar (about 3/4c) whilst the blender was running.
It’s really delicious and would go great with fish or chicken but tastes more like a spicy red pepper coulis than a Mexican style hot sauce. I placed half of that batch in a bottle and then threw in a chipotle in adobo to the blender with the remaining. It’s getting there but still not what I’m after. Any ideas on additional flavours to add? Cumin? It seems to lack umami or something.
If anyone has a favourite hot sauce recipe they are willing to share, I’d be thrilled. I’m planning on experimenting quite a bit. I can no longer buy store bought because of the xanthan gum in them all (gives me terrible stomach troubles for days on end).