Spicy Pepper Vinegar

Spicy vinegar
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  • 30 mins
  • Prep: 30 mins,
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings

Spicy pepper vinegar is a must-have condiment for adding a kick of heat to soul food greens. Traditionally, bottles full of vinegar spiked with Tabasco peppers are found in soul food restaurants, but I’ve never been able to find fresh Tabasco chiles. Instead, just use a blend of chiles that you enjoy from jalapenos to habaneros to cayenne. Be careful while halving them. If possible, use gloves and don’t touch your face without washing your hands first. 

What You'll Need

  • 1/2 pound chiles, halved
  • 1 cup white vinegar

How to Make It

1. In a jar or glass container, add chile halves.

2. In a small pot, add vinegar, bringing to a boil over high heat. Once boiling, remove from heat. Using a funnel, carefully pour the vinegar over the chile halves until all the chiles are covered. (Depending on the size of the container, you may need to top off with additional unheated vinegar.) 

Recipes Using Spicy Pepper Vinegar

Collard Greens
Hoppin' John
Black-Eyed Peas in Ham Stock
Braised Escarole and White Beans