Poquito Picante Hot Sauce by Boca de Fogo

I am so happy that I finally nailed an everyday SoCal taco shop red hot sauce! For a while I’ve been trying different things to get that taste that I grew up with in Southern California’s taco shops and I just seem to miss something every time. But not this time! This is a medium red sauce so everyone should be able to handle the heat level and it has a very unique, almost sweet taste mixing habanero and serrano peppers. I hope you enjoy!


  1. 2 1/2 cups fresh tomatoes, diced
  2. 1/2 medium white onion, chopped
  3. 1 large habanero pepper, chopped
  4. 1 large serrano pepper, chopped
  5. 2 cloves garlic
  6. 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  7. 1/2 Mexican or Persian lime, juiced
  8. 2 tbs olive oil
  9. 1/2 tsp cumin
  10. to taste Salt


  1. In a blender, add tomatoes, onion, peppers, garlic, cilantro, and lime juice and blend until fairly smooth.

  2. Heat olive oil in a medium pot on medium heat. Add the salsa mixture slowly as not to spatter. Add cumin and maybe 1/2 tsp sea salt or to your taste.

  3. At medium-high heat, bring to a boil. Reduce to low and simmer 15 mins.

  4. Remove from heat and let cool for about 15 mins. Taste and add salt if necessary.

  5. Pour into air-tight container or squeeze bottle (just like in the taco shops!) and refrigerate until cold and has had a chance for the flavor to develop.

  6. You can use it as soon as it’s chilled but it will be at it’s best after a couple days. ENJOY!!

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