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Homemade Brazilian Hot Sauce Recipe – Molho Apimentado

This homemade Brazilian hot sauce will add a dash of tropical seasoning to your dinner table.

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A bottle of well-made Brazilian chili sauce, made with spicy chili peppers, vinegar, and flavorings, is one of the most essential arsenals in one’s home pantry or on a shelf in the kitchen.

Whenever a dish turns out bland, a drop or two of one of my Brazilian sauces can perk it up, enliven all the other flavors of the meal, and make diners sit up and take notice.

Many brands sell this delicious sauce, but for me, a born and raised Brazilian, there is nothing tastier than preparing it at home.

Oh, and for reference, this sauce has no cachaça because I honestly have never had/seen a sauce like that in Brazil, as other blogs wrote about.

Without further ado, let’s get to this traditional Brazilian sauce recipe, also known in the country as molho apimentado.

Homemade Brazilian hot sauce

My favorite occasions to serve this Brazilian red pepper sauce

  • Super Bowl game day – perfect to dip some appetizers and snacks!
  • Parties with friends
  • Barbecues with family
  • Dinner with hubby – when a dish turns out a bit bland or just fell like having it

My favorite dishes to serve with this Brazilian hot sauce:

Homemade Brazilian red hot chili sauce recipe

For how long can I keep this Brazilian sauce in the fridge?

For up to 3 months, but if in doubt, my dear reader, always follow your nose!

Tips for making the perfect Brazilian hot sauce:

  • Remember to always use a clean spoon when taking getting the sauce. Don’t use a spoon “dirty” with other foods, or you might spoil the sauce.
  • If you don’t want your Brazilian sauce on the hot-spicy side, remove the pepper seeds.
  • Alternatively, you could also add more brown sugar to balance the spicy out.
  • Watch out for your finger, especially if you wear contact lenses! The chili pepper is really hot, so you might want to use gloves in that case.
Homemade Brazilian chili sauce
This Brazilian hot sauce is easy to prepare!

How to make Brazilian hot sauce

Before you begin, know that this homemade cayenne sauce recipe is very easy to prepare, it takes about 10 minutes or less to complete, and yields about 2 1/5 cups or 600 milliliters of sauce.

So, start off by washing the chili peppers, slice them in big pieces, and add it to the blender together with all other ingredients.

Blend it until smooth. 

Pour the sauce into glass jars with air-tight lids, or heated and sterilized jars to store for longer.

Store it in the fridge and enjoy!

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Homemade Brazilian hot sauce

Homemade Brazilian Hot Sauce Recipe

Yield: Make about 2 1/5 cups
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

This Brazilian Hot Sauce is easy to make and most importantly absolutely delicious! Learn how to make this authentic Brazilian chili sauce with step by step instructions. Great for canning too. 


  • 1 ¼ (100 grams) cups cayenne pepper, big slices
  • 1 cup 250 milliliters) vinegar (I used white vinegar; cider vinegar would be good, too)
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • 1 large onion, quartered
  • ⅝ cup (140 grams) tomato puree
  • 1/2 (125 milliliters) cup oil
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • A pinch of nutmeg
  • Parsley to taste


  1. Wash the cayenne peppers and slice them into big pieces.
  2. Add all ingredients to the blender and blend until smooth.
  3. Transfer the sauce to a clean air-tight glass container and store it in the fridge.

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Saturday 4th of February 2023

The sauce sounds great. My only concern is the bay leaves. Will they break down in the blender?


Monday 6th of February 2023

Hi Christine! Yes, they break down in the blender without a problem. Enjoy!


Monday 2nd of January 2023

Hello and thank you for this recipe and others! I would like to try this one but have a question... the recipe calls for 2 Bay leaves, which tend to be dry/hard and I have used them for seasoning but not for actual consumption. In your recipe, do you blend the bay leaves with all ingredients? Thanks again!!


Monday 6th of February 2023

Hi David! The bay leaves break down in the blender without a problem. Enjoy!


Friday 2nd of April 2021

Hi I am excited to try this recipe. How long can I store it in the refrigerator?


Saturday 3rd of April 2021

Hi Aashi! I keep my sauce for no more than 3 months in the refrigerator, although it hardly lasts that long! Enjoy!

Francois Voges

Sunday 6th of September 2020

Will try it!


Thursday 10th of September 2020

Nice! And let me know if you like it! :)

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