The power of chile peppers should not be underestimated. The bhut jolokia pepper is being employed in anti-terrorist hand grenades. And while it makes perfect sense to weaponize heat, I’m against hurting people with my favorite thing in the world. I like hot sauce so much, I made my own using habaneros and serranos, blood oranges, and key limes. I call it Habanero Blood Orange Death Kick. If you can’t find blood oranges or key limes, play around with different citrus fruit. Here’s the recipe.

1. Gather your ingredients: 15 habanero peppers, 4 serrano peppers (see our handy chart), 3 blood oranges, 12 key limes, 3 carrots, 4 cloves garlic, 1 teaspoon sea salt.


2. Cut carrots into quarter-inch rounds.

cut carrots

3. Throw carrots and whole peppers into boiling water with four cloves of garlic for 12 to 15 minutes.


4. While the carrots and peppers boil, juice all the limes and blood oranges into measuring cup making about 1 cup juice.

juice citrus

5. Drain carrots and peppers and put them in the food processor with juice and salt.


6. Puree on high for about 30 seconds.


7. Pour mixture into a jar and place in refrigerator. Let mellow for a few days (if you can wait) before serving.

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