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Creamy Jalapeno Sauce Recipe

A platter of tacos on a pink serape table cloth. Creamy Jalapeno Sauce is being squeezed onto the tacos.

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If you, like me, have ever found yourself standing at a taco truck drowning a carne asada taco in a light green, creamy jalapeno sauce, offered up in a squeeze bottle– this is the recipe FOR YOU!

This thick and creamy, super SPICY, bursting-with-jalapeno green sauce is GOOD ON EVERYTHING from chips to tacos.

A squeeze bottle of creamy jalapeno sauce standing in front of a plate of tacos.

When I fall in love with a sauce or dip I naturally want to be able to cook it myself, and usually, it’s no problem after 14 years as a professional chef, but this homemade jalapeno sauce recipe was tricky to reverse-engineer.

When people see the white-green and creamy whipped texture of this sauce it’s natural to assume it’s made with sour cream, avocado, or mayonnaise, none of which would be correct. I know because I tried them all without success. 🙁 These sauce creations were tasty, but they didn’t quite mimic the jalapeno sauce I had grown to crave from my favorite taqueria.

Fiery jalapeno sauce being poured into a wide mouthed bottle.

I finally found my savior in the form of a Tex-mex restaurant owner who was serving this exact same sauce as a jalapeno dip (along with chips and salsa) at a restaurant in north Texas. I begged him to help me out and he laughed as he explained how his cooks prepare the jalapeno sauce each morning over the grill.

Whether served as a spicy dip or taco truck green sauce it is made in exactly the same fashion with the same cast of ingredients—jalapenos, onion, garlic, oil, salt, and lime juice.

jalapenos and onion in the water bath being boiled on a stove

How To Make Creamy Jalapeno Sauce:

First the jalapeno, garlic and onions are cooked. My restaurant friend grills them until soft but as I’ve learned this really doesn’t impart a different flavor to the final dip, so I prefer boiling them unless I have the grill already going for another dish.

A blender full of the cooked jalapenos and vegetables waiting to be blended.

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These soft veggies are transferred to a high-powered blender and transformed into a puree. I use this high-powered Blendtec Blender for all my sauces and soups to create a smooth and silky puree.

Then an emulsion is created by slowly drizzling in oil. The oil blended into the puree creates a mayonnaise-like creaminess and dilutes the spiciness of the jalapenos making them more palatable.

To finish the sauce with a pop of flavor, we’ll season the jalapeno emulsion with plenty of salt which brings out the rich chile flavor in the jalapenos, and fresh lime juice for acidity and balance. Then pour into these wide-mouth squeeze bottles. You can buy them right here.

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Creamy Jalapeno Sauce Recipe
Yield: 3 cups

Creamy Jalapeno Sauce Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

This thick and creamy, super SPICY, bursting-with-jalapeno green sauce is GOOD ON EVERYTHING from chips to tacos.

Ingredients

  • 16 fresh jalapeno peppers
  • 1 white onion
  • 8 garlic cloves
  • 2 t. kosher salt
  • ½ c. avocado oil, or any fresh flavorless oil
  • 1 ½ T. fresh lime juice (about 1 whole lime)

Instructions

Fill a large stockpot halfway with water and add 1 t. salt,
begin heating over high heat.

Meanwhile, remove the peel off one white onion and quarter
the onion, place in a bowl.

Wash the jalapeno peppers well, drain, and place in the bowl
with the onion.

From a large bulb of garlic, break up 8 cloves. You can cook
the garlic in their husks, and it will eventually fall off, so no need to peel
them. Place them in the bowl.

Take all of the vegetables in the bowl and carefully pour
them into the stockpot. Bring the water to a boil, then reduce the heat until
the water is just at a simmer.

Simmer the vegetables for approximately 20 minutes. The
jalapenos and onion should be soft, and the peppers should be an army green.
The garlic will fall from its husks. Drain the veggies from the water and place
into the bowl of a blender.

Add 2 t. kosher salt (you may want to start with 1 t. salt and
work your way up if you are using table salt to see if you need a full 2 t.). Add ½ c. avocado oil and 1 ½ T fresh lime juice.

Place the lid on the blender and blend 1 full minute. Taste
for seasoning. You may want to add additional salt or lime juice if needed. If
for any reason you need to thin the puree, add 1 T. water at a time until the
blender moves easily.

Pour the jalapeno cream into squeeze bottles and chill. This
sauce should be stored in the refrigerator and lasts about 10 days.

bigdaddy H

Tuesday 23rd of April 2024

Have not tried this one yet but wondering if my jalepenos have turned red can I still use them?

Sarah Penrod

Friday 26th of April 2024

Yes, you can!

Michael Fik

Thursday 16th of November 2023

You put the whole jalepenos in? Even with the top stems? I’ve made this twice, but have cut off the very top of the peppers so no stems. I’ve also been grilling the peppers, it adds a nice “flake” (from the char) to the finished product that almost looks like bits of black pepper. I wish this sauce had a longer shelf life like the rest of my hot sauces, any idea if vinegar or canning would help it last longer?

Michaela

Friday 26th of April 2024

@Michael Fik, i just picked the stems right off before boiling, no knife required.

Sarah Penrod

Thursday 16th of November 2023

Hi Michael, Canning is certainly a science so I do not know how to make it canning safe. If you feel knowledgeable enough, I know Trader Joe's has a bottled creamy jalapeno sauce just like this that they bottle like ketchup. So, it must be able to be done but I do not know how to advise you on it! I do use the tops because I boil my jalapenos and they're just soft as a vegetable but you can cut them off if you like.

James

Friday 15th of September 2023

Living in Houston, TX means we make lots of tex-mex dishes. I had concerns about using whole, unseeded jalapeños and I was right. Jalapeños can vary widely in heat level and I must gotten all really hot ones. Had to seriously dilute with sour cream and even then it was too hot for my family.

Sarah Penrod

Monday 16th of October 2023

Yes, they can definitely be hotter in the summer, but this sauce is a spicy sauce like you see at taco trucks in the area. If you don't want spicy you can remove the seeds before cooking the jalapenos.

Jessica Bivins

Tuesday 29th of August 2023

I made this sauce this morning for today's lunch. The flavor of it was AMAZING!! The only issue is, why on earth did it turn brown?? Have you ever had this happen?

Sarah Penrod

Monday 16th of October 2023

I have never heard of that Jessica. Did you keep it sealed with a lid? There is nothing in the recipe that oxidizes so may it was just a one time weirdness.

Sergio

Monday 26th of June 2023

I'm so glad I found this recipe. I've been looking for something that was a little more versatile and we've been putting it on tacos, fajitas, even nachos! You name the type of tex mex and we're putting it on there! The flavor and thickness of this sauce was something to behold for sure.

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