Joe just loves spicy foods so when we found that many of the restaurants here in Salinas make a fresh red pepper sauce he was thrilled. I started making my own version right after we moved here. It is a close reproduction of that found at D’Hugos and is added to almost everything I make.
This morning the Salinas Mercado had some beautiful red chillies that screamed for me to take them home. So I did.
What I taste when I have used this condiment is very spicy red chilies so I keep the seeds in. Garlic, onion, cilantro and vinegar complete the sauce. Some days I mix everything together and pop it in the refrigerator. Today I decided to heat the vinegar and add the chili mixture allowing it to come back up to the boil and then jar it. We will see if this makes it hotter – Joe is the tester and the final say on if it hot enough.