Homemade Chili Paste and Sauce Recipes

The following is several homemade chili paste and sauce recipes I have documented over the years.

Homemade Chili Sauce Ingredients:

  • 2 lb hot peppers*
  • 2/3 to 1 cup water
  • 2/3 to 1 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 2/3 to 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup minced garlic

*Note: My favorite has been habanero peppers and sometimes a mix of Thai chili. I have tried using a combination of both along with Carolina reapers and ghost peppers as well but it’s too spicy for me. Use 2/3 cup water for a thicker sauce or 1 cup of water for a more runny hot sauce. Try to keep the ratio for water, vinegar, and sugar are the same.


Wash the peppers. Place the peppers, garlic, and vinegar together in a blender. Melt the water and sugar together in a medium size pot on medium high heat. Lower the heat down so it’s lightly simmering. Then pour the blended chili mixture into the sugared water. Bring it to a light boil. Turn off the stove and let the chili sauce cool down before storing it in air tight glass jars.

Mama’s Basic Thai Chili Paste:

  • 1 cup Thai chili peppers
  • 1/4 cup vinegar


My mom’s basic chili paste consists of only Thai chili peppers and vinegar only. She blends the two ingredients together and kept in a air tight glass jar and store it in the fridge. She doesn’t boil or cook the paste. It’s a concentrated that she adds a little bit to stir fry sauces, curry, or Vietnamese sweet and sour fish sauce.

Behind the scene:

Such a simple recipe yet the documentary was full of sweet memories of my mischievous munchkins. While this mama was busy storming up a mess in the kitchen, so did the little people. They first discovered the bag of flour in the pantry. It started out with a little flour bag spilled on the floor. I swore I heard them telling me they were cleaning up and sweeping the mess off the floor. Then the next time I checked on them to see how well they cleaned up, the mess spread out into the living room and I caught them stirring up a bigger mess. “It’s a science experiment” said the older one. “I’m helping big sis” said the little one. The older one said they were trying to make edible glue using flour and water. Oh I was so steaming mad but they didn’t get in trouble because “it was a science learning experiment”. Thanks to the pandemic of 2020. (Flour and water on the floor is still a lot better than the day the little people discovered the baby powder and spread it all over the house on tiled floor.)

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