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Homemade Carrot Hot Sauce

This homemade carrot hot sauce is packed with flavor and heat! You are going to love the depth of flavor this hot sauce provides, while giving your food that spicy kick you crave.  Once you learn how simple it is to make your own hot sauce, you will never want to buy it from the store again.  This easy hot sauce requires no fermentation or waiting.  It will be ready in just 30 minutes.  Whether you have an abundance of peppers, or simply need a break from your basic sriracha or franks, this recipe will bring a flavor bomb to your plate.  This recipe is inspired by our friends hot sauce @reapersbonnet_hotsauce.  Let’s look at what ingredients you will need to make this homemade carrot hot sauce.

Carrot Hot Sauce Ingredient Rundown

Carrots– Obviously this wouldn’t be a “carrot” hot sauce without the carrots!  Carrots are a lovely addition to hot sauce.  Not only do they give the homemade hot sauce a vibrant orange color, but they provide tons of flavor and nutrients.  Most of you may have already heard that carrots are good for your eyes.  This is because of the high beta-carotene found in carrots. This can help your vision as well as prevention of eye degeneration.  The carrots add just a slight sweetness to the sauce, while bringing gentle earthy tones to it as well.  

Onions– We used a regular large white onion for this recipe.  Onions have a distinct delicious flavor that many people love to cook with.  It adds depth of flavor to any dish, including this hot sauce.  We chose to use white onions, that have a medium flavor profile, but you could also use any sweet onions if you like.  

Ghost Peppers– Ghost peppers are unique because the spice hits you in layers.  It is mild and first, and then lingers in the mouth leaving you with a bright burning sensation.  Now Nate uses ghost peppers for this hot sauce recipe for several reasons.  First, because our friend grew so many of these and always had an abundance.  Rather than trying to eat them all by cutting them up and putting them directly on food, Nate wanted to stretch the spice and flavor.  This recipe allows you to enjoy ghost peppers, even if you aren’t super tolerant of them on their own.  The other reason is the depth of flavor ghost peppers have.  They are super spicy, but also super flavorful.  Feel free to substitute any other type of hot pepper you have on hand.  Any peppers will work.

Sugar– We used organic cane sugar for this recipe and just a dash.  This adds an ever so slight sweetness to the hot sauce.  It is a perfect way to counterbalance that hot pepper kick.

Vinegar– Apple cider vinegar gives that classic hot sauce tang.  You can also use white vinegar if you do not have apple cider vinegar on hand.  We just prefer the flavor of ACV for this recipe.

Vegetable Broth– Instead of using water, we wanted to use vegetable broth to give even more depth of flavor to this hot sauce.  If you don’t have any vegetable broth water will work just fine.

Oil– Oil emulsifies everything together and gives a smooth body to the hot sauce. It also provides more flavor and texture as well. We chose to use organic canola oil, but feel free to use any oil you have on hand.

Caution when using Hot Peppers

When dealing with hot peppers, it is strongly recommended that you use gloves when handling these peppers. If you don’t have gloves, that’s okay, just be extra mindful of your hands and what you touch. The oils from the peppers can easily transfer to other things, and so avoiding cross-contamination is a necessity.  If you do not have any gloves available, make sure to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water after touching hot peppers.  Do not touch any part of the body after handling hot peppers, especially the eyes or other sensitive areas. 

Whether you are a hot sauce connoisseur like Nate, or you simply want to find something to do with all those hot peppers you grew, you will love this recipe.  Be creative with it and have some fun.  You might even want to bottle it up and give it as a gift to friends or family who love hot sauce.  Try this hot sauce on vegan chicken wings, fajitas, mac and cheese, crab cakes, and more!

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Homemade Carrot Hot Sauce

Recipe by Cooking Up Vegan Course: SidesCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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This Homemade Carrot Hot Sauce is packed with flavor and heat! Made in 30 minutes, this recipe is the perfect spicy for any dish.


  • 1 1 Onion

  • 4 4 Ghost Peppers

  • 3 Small 3 Carrots (1-2 if large)

  • 1 Cup 1 Vegetable Broth

  • 1/2 Cup 1/2 Apple Cider Vinegar

  • 2 Tbsp 2 Sugar

  • 2 tsp 2 Salt

  • 1/4 Cup 1/4 Oil


  • Roughly chop the onion and carrots into large pieces.
  • Remove the stems from the ghost peppers.
  • Combine all of the ingredients into a small pot, then bring to a light simmer and cook for 20 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and blend on high speed until smooth.
  • Strain the hot sauce through a fine mesh strainer.
  • Allow to cool to room temperature, and then pour into a jar and place in the refrigerator.

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Nutrition Facts

16 servings per container

  • Amount Per ServingCalories49
  • % Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 3.6g 5%
    • Saturated Fat 0.5g 0%
  • Cholesterol 0mg 0%
  • Sodium 332mg 14%
  • Potassium 82mg 3%
  • Total Carbohydrate 4.3g 2%
    • Dietary Fiber 0.6g 0%
    • Sugars 3g
  • Protein 0.4g 0%

  • Calcium 1%
  • Iron 1%

* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


  1. The flavor was very good but it wasn’t hot enough. Any idea on how to pack in more heat post making it? I have more cayane peppers on hand, both ground and fresh. I guess I have a high spice taste lol.

    • Luna Forment

      Hi Wendy. Thanks for using our recipe! Try adding a few more hot peppers to the recipe to increase the heat.

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