I LOVE hot sauces of all kinds, and Tabasco's Chipotle Sauce is one of my favs for sure! Most people probably add a couple of drops to their food, but I like to add a bunch, and that can be expensive! A 5 oz. bottle costs around $7.
I decided to attempt to duplicate the sauce and while it's not exactly the same, it's pretty awesome! I wish I had actually had the sauce on hand to taste and compare before I made this version, but I think this sauce is a great alternative!
I will preface this by saying that I added two ingredients that most people may not have on hand.:
- Live Sauerkraut Brine
- Xanthan Gum
The brine is to add some live bacteria, since traditional Tabasco sauce is made from fermented peppers and they are an ingredient in the sauce. I suppose you could replace the brine with 1 tsp of regular tabasco.
The xanthan gum is there as an emulsifier. You could just leave this out, but the mixture will separate, which is not a big deal in my opinion and would probably give it a more authentic texture.. the gum thickens it as well.
This is my first attempt. I will probably buy a bottle and really compare the flavors. As I mentioned above, omitting the gum would give a more authentic texture.
- 12 oz. boiling water
- 2 Knorr Vegetarian Bouillon cubes
- 1 tbsp garlic powder
- 2 tbsp onion powder
- 1 tbsp salt
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 1 1 /2 cups white vinegar
- 3 tbsp live sauerkraut brine OR 1 tsp Tabasco sauce plus 2 tbsp water
- 1 7 oz. can Chipotle Peppers in Adobo (use all of it and add the vinegar to it to get all of the essense!)
- 1/4 tsp xanthan gum
- Pour the boiling water over the veggie cubes, garlic, onion, salt and sugar. Let stand until room temperature.
- Add mixture to a blender with the rest of the ingredients and blend until totally smooth.
- Pour into a mason jar and chill for 24 hours.
- This will keep for at least 1 month!