JE Hot Sauce

Chef Jose Enrique makes this wonderful hot sauce by confiting chiles, peppers and tomatoes, then pureeing them until creamy. Any leftover braising oil is sensational with pasta or drizzled over chicken or vegetables.

Active Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
5 hrs 30 mins
Makes 3 1/2 cups


  • 1 quart extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 large onion, cut into 2-inch pieces

  • 1 large tomato, cut into 2-inch pieces

  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and cut into 2-inch pieces

  • 1 Cubanelle pepper, seeded and cut into 2-inch pieces

  • 9 serrano chiles, stemmed

  • 7 garlic cloves

  • 5 habanero chiles, stemmed

  • Kosher salt


  1. In a large saucepan, combine all of the ingredients except the salt. Cook over low heat until all of the vegetables are falling-apart soft, about 4 hours; let cool slightly.

  2. Drain the vegetables in a fine sieve set over a heatproof bowl; don’t press on the solids. Transfer the vegetables to a blender, add 1/4 cup of water and pulse until finely chopped. With the machine on, gradually drizzle in 2 cups of the cooking oil and puree until smooth and slightly thick (reserve the remaining cooking oil for another use). Season the hot sauce with salt and let cool completely before serving.

Make Ahead

The hot sauce can be refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.

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