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Easy Hot Sauce

Prep Time:

About 3 hours

Cook Time:

About 3 hours start to finish


About 7-8 ½ Pints



About the Recipe

This is a very good hot sauce, really easy to make too!


8 C (64 ounces) canned, diced tomatoes, undrained

1½ C seeded, chopped Serrano peppers*

4 C distilled white vinegar (5%)

2 Tsp canning salt

2 Tbls whole mixed pickling spices

Tools Needed:





Jar Lifter

Lid Lifter

Headspace tool


Chinois, Food Mill


Cheese Cloth / Spice Bag


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

  2. Place mixed pickling spices in a spice bag and tie the ends firmly. Mix all ingredients in a Dutch oven or large saucepot. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Simmer another 20 minutes, until tomatoes are soft.

  3. Press mixture through a food mill. Return the liquid to the stockpot, heat to boiling and boil for another 15 minutes.

  4. Fill hot sauce into clean, hot half-pint jars, leaving ¼-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.

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

Process ½ Pint Jars for:

  • 10 minutes at 0 – 1,000 feet

  • 15 minutes at 1,001 – 6,000 feet

  • 20 minutes at 6,001 + feet

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