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“Don’t put your face directly over the pot.”

“Why? Will the  steam get to me?”

“Yes, the steam filled with the hot chile oil.  You’ll burn your eyebrows off before we get the sauce made.”

I imagined returning home with jars full of hot pepper sauce, and a wax-job-gone-awry look to my eyebrows; half gone from the heat of the fumes. I stepped back and let her take her turn at stirring the pot.


Authentic, tasty, traditional,  Belizean hot pepper sauce


  • 2 Pounds of Habanero peppers
  • 5 Cups White Vinegar
  • 2 Bunches Cilantro, washed
  • 1 Tbsp Allspice berries, If not available, add 2 tsp allspice powder.
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp recado seasoning. If not available, uses anatto seasoning or just omit. Sauce will not be bright red but will still be tasty.
  • 2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 2 sweet onions, cut into rounds and separated into rings
  • 1/8 cup lemon juice

Prep the peppers by washing them and removing the stems.  Place  the peppers in a sauce pan with 4 cups of the vinegar. Bring to a boil them reduce to a low simmer. Cook until peppers begin to soften and burst slightly, about 15 minutes.  Add all spices, herbs, lime juice, and seasonings.  Add a little more vinegar, about 1/2 cup.  Cook 10 minutes more.

In the mean time, add the onions to water with the lemon juice.  soak during the 10 minutes that the sauce is cooking down.  Add the onions and remaining vinegar to the mixture and cook 10-15 minutes until everything is soft.

One ladle-full at a time,  add the sauce to a blender.  Puree the mixture until very smooth.  Pack into jars for canning or place in air tight containers.  Can keep in fridge for 3 months, or frozen for up to 6 months.

Clean your pot with lemon juice prior to using soap,to counteract and acid or oil from the peppers.

3 thoughts on “A hot date with a hot sauce cook

  1. I didn’t realize we had lemons in Belize. Where does Ms. Sarita get them from? Or is it lemon juice concentrate?

    • Its lemon juice from a bottle. I don’t know where she gets it. She has all kinds of secret ingredients around her kitchen. I mistook a small tangerine looking fruit for tangerine. It was a Jamaican lime – great color inside and super sour flavor. Thanks for reading!

  2. Well, the recipe sound great but you know POp-Pop is not a fan of HOT !!

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