The following is several homemade chili paste and sauce recipes I have documented over the years.
Homemade Chili Paste-Sauce Ingredients:
- 2 lb hot peppers*
- 1/3 to 1 cup water
- 1/3 to 1 cup distilled white vinegar
- 1/3 to 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup minced garlic (optional)
- 1 Tbsp sea salt (optional)
*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 1/3-cup water for a thick pasty sauce or 1 cup of water for a more runny liquidy hot sauce. Try to keep the ratio for water, vinegar, and sugar all the same. Sea salt is to balance out the sourness if needed.
Wash the peppers. Place the peppers, garlic, and half of the water portion into Thur blender. Melt the remaining water and sugar on medium heat in a pot. Once the pepper mix is blended like puree, pour it into the pot. Bring it to a light boil and simmer for about ten minutes. Add in the vinegar. Stir well. Lower to low heat. While the chili paste or sauce is still boiling lightly, pour or scoop it into cleaned mason jars. Place the lid on top. The heat trapped inside the jar will seal the lid tightly. Store the jars of chili paste or sauce on the shelf for two years. Store it in the fridge once opened for up to a year.
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.)