Ron’s Afterburner Mexican Hot Sauce

Homemade Mexican Hot Sauce can be prepared in just minutes. Enjoy freshly made hot sauce that’s perfect for chips and salsa or as a topping on your favorite taco, burrito, or salad.

A bowl of homemade mexican hot sauce and tortilla chips
Homemade Mexican Hot Sauce is much easier than you may have imagined. You need a few spices from your pantry and some dried chili peppers you can find at your grocery store. Soon you will have everything you need to prepare freshly made hot sauce.

Ron’s Afterburner Mexican Hot Sauce

Light up your life with this fantastic Mexican hot sauce. This sauce is similar to Pico Pica found on the west coast. I like it because it can be used on any food requiring a little nip to the tongue.

I love Pico Pica but it’s hard to find here in the Midwest. Soooooo, after a lot of research, I decided to make my own tasty version. Try it. If you like hot sauce, you’ll love this one. A little goes a long way.


  • Dried red chili peppers
  • Dried onion flakes
  • Salt
  • Cumin powder
  • Dried oregano
  • Chili powder
  • Paprika
  • Vinegar
  • Water
  • Tomato Sauce

How to Make Mexican Hot Sauce

  • Combine all ingredients except tomato sauce in a pan.
  • Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Place cooked mixture and tomato sauce in a blender.
  • Blend until smooth.

How to pick out the best dried chilis

Rick Bayless, a prominent chef and restaurant owner has some tips for picking out the best dried chilies.

  • The chilies should be pliable, but not brittle. If they are brittle the essentials oils, the flavor is absent.
  • They should still be shiny, do not choose the peppers that are dull.
  • Break open the chilies, they should be pleasant, somewhat like dried fruit.
  • Avoid any chilies with imperfections, like lighter patches. This may mean insects have eaten them.

How long does homemade hot sauce last?

You must refrigerate homemade Mexican hot sauce or any type of homemade salsa. If you do not it will spoil very rapidly. Store sauce in an airtight container.

So give this delicious homemade hot sauce a try!

A small bowl of homemade Mexican hot sauce and tortilla chips

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A bowl of homemade mexican hot sauce and tortilla chips

Ron’s Afterburner Mexican Hot Sauce

Light your taste buds on fire with homemade Mexican hot sauce.
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: hot sauce, Salsa
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 53kcal


  • 2 cups dried red chili peppers, sliced in half with seeds
  • 1/4 cup dried onion flakes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 4 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 2 cups water
  • 16 ounces tomato sauce


  • Make sure the red chili peppers are the hot dried type with stems removed.
  • Bring all ingredients, except tomato sauce, to a boil, turn down heat and simmer about ten minutes. Remove from heat and let cool.
  • Place in blender and add tomato sauce. Blend until smooth.


  • You can modify this salsa by adding some sliced green onions or even finely minced white onion
  • Want the sauce spicier? You can add some pickled or fresh jalapenos to this recipe.
Thanks to Columbamio for sharing this hot sauce recipe.


Calories: 53kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 1217mg | Potassium: 491mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1395IU | Vitamin C: 10.6mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 2.2mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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