If you love spicy food as much as we do, you’ll love the post we have prepared for you today. Most of these hot sauces recipe’s main ingredient is olive oil and, as you will see in our first recipe, you really only need peppers and olive oil to do a healthy hot sauce. If we haven’t convinced you yet to replace vegetable and other oils by olive oil, checkout our amazing list of EVOO benefits and then have a look at how you can use it to make some bad ass sauces 😉


Recipe 1- Basic “Piri Piri” Sauce    


This recipe comes directly from Portugal, where the predominant peppers are called “Piri Piri”. These peppers are native to South Africa but have been imported to Portugal and have been made popular by the chicken chain Nando’s.

It’s a super simple recipe that consists of marinating hot peppers of the “piri piri” type, or if you are not in Portugal, any tabasco or serrano pepper will do in olive oil with garlic and laurel leafs, or other seasoning you might like.



  • 5 to 10 hot peppers, depending on appetite for spiciness.
  • 1 cup of olive oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 laurel leaf


Pour some of the olive oil into a frying pan and give the garlic and half of the peppers a quick fry. Strain the resulting oil into a container, add the laurel leafs and the remaining olive oil and hot peppers and leave marinating for a few days. The more time you leave the chillis marinating, the spicier the oil will become.


This recipe is a great addition to any bbq chicken recipe.


Recipe 2- Passion Fruit/Peach Hot Sauce


This is a great healthy option as it includes fruit. You can dilute the spiciness to increase the fruit intake in your diet in a delicious manner. Here’s what you need to do this sauce:



  • 4 or 5 hot peppers
  • 1 cup of passion fruit juice OR
  • 3 peaches sliced
  • 1 lime
  • ½ cup of olive oil


Use a blender to mix all the above ingredients until they form a paste. You can also add some coriander at the end.

 If the idea of mixing habaneros with other fruits excites you, check out this great guide made by seriouseats on the topic.

 Chili Oil Recipe

Recipe 3- Asian chili oil


Like the first recipe, this is a very simple olive oil based recipe which works by marinating chilies in olive oil. In this recipe, we use more traditional Chinese ingredients such as star anise, Sichuan peppercorns, amongst others.

The oil goes really well with Asian soups such as pho and noodles.

Here’s how to do it:



  • 1 cup of olive oil
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 tablespoons of Sichuan peppercorns
  • Half a cup of chili flakes or dried peppers of your choosing
  • 2 gloves of garlic
  • 4 star anise
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 Bay leaf


Heat the oil on low heat with the all the condiments excluding the chili flakes/dried peppers.

Let it cook on low heat to half an hour to an hour, never allowing it to bubble.

Let it cool and strain into a container with the chili flakes/dried peppers.

Allow it to marinate for a few days. The more time the chili stays in the oil, the spicier the oil will become, so you might choose to strain the oil once it has reached your preferred spiciness.

There are several varieties of this oil that can be made, based on the condiments you choose to use. Here’s another example:

Recipe 4- Basic Jalapeno sauce


This recipe is as simple as it gets and is a good alternative when you’re low on ingredients.



  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 15 to 20 jalapenos, depending on your spiciness requirements
  • 2 to 3 garlic cloves
  • Half an onion
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 cup of vinegar


Cook the peppers with the olive oil, garlic, onion, and salt. Add the water for about half an hour. With a blender, mash up the resulting cooled mixture adding vinegar as you do it.

Transfer the contents to a jar or container and store in a cold place.

Chili Olive Sauce Recipe

Recipe 5- Sumac + Habanero variant

This is another variant to the above recipe, but based on sumac and using habaneros.


  • 1/3 teaspoon of sumac
  • 3 bell peppers and 5 to 20 habaneros
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon of olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of vinegar
  • 3 teaspoons of brown sugar
  • 1 cup of water
  • Salt to taste



Roast the peppers (bell + habaneros) with the garlic and a drizzle of olive oil on top for about half an hour. After that flip the peppers, cook for a while longer and once done, remove the skin.

Whilst the peppers cool, join all the other ingredients in a blender. Add the peppers once their ready and blend away!


Recipe 6- Slow cooked tomato based sauce


We are big fans of the slow cooking movement and as such, we have kept one of our favorite recipes for last. Check it out:



  • 1 Tomato
  • 1 Onion
  • A mix of 5 to 10 (each) habanero and serrano peppers
  • 7 garlic cloves
  • 1 red bell pepper without seeds
  • 5 cups of olive oil
  • Salt to taste


Start by cooking the onion, garlic, peppers, and tomatoes in a frying pan and let it cook over low heat for 4 hours.

Strain the resulting mixture and blend the resulting vegetables with up to 1 cup of unused olive oil. Add salt, olive oil, or more peppers and blend as needed.


And there you have it, these are only a few of our favorite variants and we look forward to hearing your favorite recipes too!

Once the sauces are ready, store them in a homemade or store bought olive oil dispenser.