Raw Vegan Hot Sauce Recipe: Homemade Tobasco or Yemenite Schug, Fermented

Raw Vegan Hot Sauce: Red and Green Variations

This raw vegan hot sauce recipe is the perfect addition to your fridge. It lasts a long time, and you can add it to any salad nut or seed butter to make the perfect dip or dressing. My secret trick is to take 1 or 2 tablespoons of tahini, and mix this in. It’s a very quick way to get a salad dressing or dip.

raw vegan hot sauce

Known as Yemenite “schug” in Israel, this stuff is magical! It’s as spicy as you want to make it, and you can add it to everything from salads, to dips, to hummus! We love having this on hand in my household.

You can make two varieties of this raw vegan hot sauce: red and green. It all depends on the type of hot peppers you have on hand.  

My personal favorite pepper to use for this raw vegan hot sauce is ripe jalapeno. While most grocery stores sell green jalapenos, which are not ripe, ripe ones are red and wrinkly. If you can go to your local produce stand or grower, try to find this stuff. They usually sell it for very cheap, and try to get rid of it. Most people think it’s over-ripe and can only be used in cooked dishes. But now that you know the secret, my friend, go ahead and grab those cheap wrinkly ripe red jalapenos if you can.

raw vegan hot sauce

Fermented Raw Vegan Hot Sauce

You can kick up the flavor and nutrition of this sauce by fermenting it. This is actually much simpler than you may think. All you do is keep the jar out for 24 hours right after you make your sauce. Place the lid on the jar loosely, and let it stand on your counter until 24 hours have passed. At this point, place it in the fridge. This way, you will get beneficial bacteria into your body that will aid you in digestion, immunity, mood, and so much more! For more fermented goodies, check out my raw vegan fermented taco salad recipe

raw vegan hot sauce

Raw Vegan Hot Sauce: Red and Green Variations
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Total Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
  1. 3 cups of chopped spicy peppers (any kind you like; make a red version with red jalapenos or chilis, and a green version with green jalapenos)
  2. Juice of 1/2 a lemon or juice of 2 lmines
  3. Teaspoon of salt
  4. Teaspoon of mustard seed powder (you can use the flowers, when in season)
  5. Half of a bell pepper (use red for the red version, yellow or orange for the green)
  6. 7 garlic cloves (or less, if you're not a fan), or sub for 2 green onions
  7. 1/4 bunch of cilantro, or other herbs of choice (oregano, mint, parsley etc.)
  8. 1/4 cup water
  9. Optional additions: cumin, coriander, cayenne, 1/4 of an onion
  1. Blend all ingredients until smooth. You can use either a blender or food processor for this.
  2. Keeps for about a week to two weeks. Store in fridge.

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3 thoughts on “Raw Vegan Hot Sauce Recipe: Homemade Tobasco or Yemenite Schug, Fermented

  1. Cooked food isn’t either. There are some wild raw foods that you can hasevrt for free. It will just take your time. Dandelions, nettles, plantain and others are growing just for the taking.

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