Papaya-Habanero Hot Sauce Recipe

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Recipe Details

Papaya-Habanero Hot Sauce Recipe

Active 20 mins
Total 40 mins
Serves 24 servings
Makes 3 cups


  • 1 Caribbean red papaya, peeled, seeded, and roughly diced

  • 1 habanero pepper, stemmed and seeded (add 1 additional habanero for an extra spicy sauce)

  • 1/4 cup diced shallots

  • 1/4 cup white vinegar

  • 1/4 cup fresh juice, from 3 to 4 limes

  • 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar

  • 1 teaspoon freshly minced garlic (about 1 medium clove)

  • 1 teaspoon freshly minced ginger

  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice

  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

  • Pinch ground cinnamon

  • Pinch ground nutmeg

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Place papaya, habanero(s), shallots, vinegar, lime juice, brown sugar, garlic, ginger, allspice, cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg in jar of a blender. Puree until smooth.

  2. Transfer mixture to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Let cool to room temperature, then transfer to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to a week.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
8 Calories
0g Fat
2g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 24
Amount per serving
Calories 8
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 54mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 2g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 8mg 38%
Calcium 4mg 0%
Iron 0mg 0%
Potassium 30mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)