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Canning Cayenne Pepper Sauce

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Cayenne Pepper Sauce

  • 3 pounds hot peppers (for example, Anaheim, Hungarian, Jalapenos)
  • 1/3 cup minced garlic
  • 4 cups sliced onion (about 2 medium as bought)
  • 1/3 cup stemmed, chopped cilantro
  • 3 cans (28 ounces each) diced tomatoes
  • 3 cups cider vinegar (5%)
  • 2 1/2 cups water

* Caution: Wear plastic or rubber gloves and do not touch your face while handling or cutting hot peppers. If you do not wear gloves, wash hands thoroughly with soap and water before touching your face or eyes.

Yield: About 5 pint jars

Note: There are no safe options for canning these foods in a boiling water canner.

Please read Using Pressure Canners and Using Boiling Water Canners before beginning. If this is your first time canning, it is recommended that you read Principles of Home Canning.


   1.   Wash and rinse pint canning jars; keep hot until ready to use. Prepare lids according to manufacturer's directions.

   2. Wash, trim and slice peppers and onions into rings, using a mandolin slicer or a food processor.

   3. In a 10-quart Dutch oven or stockpot, mix together all ingredients. Bring to a boil and boil 1 hour. Reduce heat slightly and simmer 1 additional hour. Turn heat off, and cool mixture slightly.

   4. Puree vegetables in a blender about 2 minutes per blender batch. Return pureed mixture to stockpot and bring carefully just to a boil. (The mixture will start to spatter as it gets close to boiling; heat slowly while stirring constantly, being careful not to get burned by splashing sauce.) Turn off heat.

   5. Fill hot sauce into hot, clean pint jars, leaving 1/2 inch headspace. Remove air bubbles and adjust headspace if needed. Wipe rims of jars with a dampened, clean paper towel; apply two-piece metal canning lids.

   6. Process in a boiling water canner according to the recommendations in Table 1. Let cool, undisturbed, 12 to 24 hours and check for seals.

Notes: This is a very hot sauce. Some suggested uses include:
  • Add a small amount to a soup to give it a "spicy-hot" bite.
  • Stir a small amount into vegetable dishes to give them an extra "zing."
  • Pep up your cheese dip with a small amount to make it a "hot" item.
  • Add some to that pot of chili you're cooking up - make it fiery!
Table 1. Recommended process time for Cayenne Pepper Sauce in a boiling-water canner.
  Process Time at Altitudes of
Style of Pack Jar Size 0 - 1,000 ft 1,001 - 6,000 ft Above 6,000 ft
Hot Pints 10 min 15 20

Canning Vegetables and Vegetable Products

Note: There are no safe options for canning these foods in a boiling water canner.

These documents were adapted from the "Complete Guide to Home Canning," Agriculture Information Bulletin No. 539, USDA, revised 2009 &
From "So Easy to Preserve", 5th ed. 2006. Bulletin 989, Cooperative Extension Service, The University of Georgia, Athens. Revised by Elizabeth L. Andress. Ph.D. and Judy A. Harrison, Ph.D., Extension Foods Specialists.