Homemade Mexican Hot Sauce

Mexican food has been a huge addition to the culture in America in the past and its popularity has growing leaps and bounds.  Growing up in the east, Mexican food was not heard of and now, Mexican restaurants are found in towns small and large.  Many people enjoy making Mexican food at home too and look for great recipes for homemade Mexican hot sauce to add to their meals.
The great thing about a homemade hot sauce is that you can add or subtract from the basic recipe once it is prepared to satisfy your taste buds.  This is a great recipe for cooking with or enjoying with some chips on the side.

Homemade Mexican Hot Sauce

1 tablespoons olive oil or vegetable oil
1 medium white onion, finely chopped
2 cloves of fresh garlic, minced
2 chile peppers, finely chopped
1 small green or red bell pepper, finely chopped, seeds removed
15 oz. can diced red tomatoes or homemade canned diced tomatoes with juice
1 teaspoon cilantro
1 tablespoon vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper

In a large frying pan heat up the oil and then toss in the chopped onion, minced garlic, chopped chile peppers, chopped bell pepper, salt and ground black pepper. Simmer mixture over medium heat for 5-6 minutes until all veggies are softened and onions are translucent. Stir in the diced tomatoes with juice, cilantro and vinegar. Turn down the heat to low and simmer mixture on low for 6 additional minutes. Turn off heat and let cool for 10-12 minutes and then pour into a large blender container. Place lid on top and process for 2 minutes on medium speed. Store the cooled hot sauce in the refrigerator or freeze for later use

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