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Spicy Pepper Vinegar


peppers in vinegar

peppers in vinegar


Spicy pepper vinegar is a must-have condiment for soul food greens, to add a kick of heat to them. 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. 

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 4 servings


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


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

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