Quick & easy kebab shop chilli sauce – takeaway style, authentic, no cook and as hot as you like and ready in 3 minutes. Slimming World Syn Free, Vegan and Whole 30 friendly.
Kebab Shop Chilli Sauce
A little goes a long way with this no cook easy kebab shop chilli sauce; perfect for drizzling over grilled meat and chicken, dolloping on rice, or for perking up a bolognese or stew.
This chilli sauce tastes just like the hotter than Hades sauce you get at your local takeaway, but is surprisingly easy to make with just 6 readily available ingredients. Plonk them into your blender and away you go.
As well as delicious this sauce is Slimming World Syn Free and only has 15Kcal per serving.
It is just like the sauce served at our local proper Turkish Ocakbasi kebab house, where the meat is cooked over a charcoal fire; normally on kebab skewers as well as lamb chops, chicken breast and similar cuts. It’s also our local doner kebab shop, but it’s a long way from living down to the dubious reputation that such a description might imply.
The meat is simply but well cooked on the charcoal, and served with tasty unleavened bread, rice and salads – and of course a kebab shop hot chilli sauce just like this one.
That dash of chilli sauce makes a kebab what it is, and of course is so good we had to make our own version!
I find that the real trick to a homemade kebab shop chilli sauce is actually not to overdo the heat.
You could go mad, searching out the most ridiculously hot peppers you can source and create your own substitute for edible lava, but I prefer something that’s a little more nuanced.
There are degrees of this, of course; it’s still a chilli sauce, but it does have a depth of flavour that comes from the secret ingredient: jarred mint sauce (which of course will go so well with grilled lamb).
How do I make Hot Chilli Sauce Kebab Shop Style?
This chilli sauce is SO easy to make.
Step One – Assemble the ingredients.
Step Two – Peel and roughly chop the onion and garlic. Deseed and roughly chop the chilli – using our clingfilm trick below. Open the tin of tomatoes.
Step Three – Throw it all in a blender or food processor along with mint sauce, and vinegar.
Step Four- Blitz it until it has reached your preferred consistency.
Step Five – Check the flavour and add salt as required.
If you want to make a chunkier Kebab Shop Chilli Sauce then sieve the tomatoes, then blend a couple of them with the chilli and garlic then add in the onion and the rest of the tomatoes and pulse to your desired consistency. Add in some of the drained juice to thin if needed.
Top Tip for Preparing Hot Chillies
A top tip when making a hot chilli sauce and slicing the chillies is to wrap some cling film loosely round your fingers so your don’t touch them – even after washing your hands it is SO easy to rub your eyes and the pain is intense, even when taking out your contact lenses hours later.
If you are chopping lots of chillies I would use a pair of latex gloves, but when preparing chillies a piece of cling film is ideal and a huge improvement on trying to chop up the chillies with a kitchen knife and fork; yes I have tried and failed with that, and I wish I’d thought of the cling film years ago.
Scotch bonnets are hot hot hot! Pick a different chilli if you prefer, or want more chilli flavour without the heat.
I also try and use premium canned tomatoes, finding that the extra few pennies really make a difference, as the tomatoes will be altogether better – thicker, richer, sweeter, a better colour and far more intense.
I don’t have any mint sauce. What else can I use instead?
No mint sauce? Don’t worry! Simply use an extra tablespoon of vinegar and about half a teaspoon of dried mint or one teaspoon of finely chopped fresh mint leaves.
Can I make a sweeter version of homemade kebab shop chilli sauce?
Yes, absolutely. Add some ketchup for a delicious rich sweetness
What to do with leftover homemade kebab shop chilli sauce?
Simply spoon into an ice cube tray (I keep a tray just for freezing sauces like this in) and freeze, pop the sauce cubes out once frozen and store in a plastic box.
I find that one large frozen cube of kebab shop chilli sauce is perfect for the two of us.
Here a quick video on how to make it!
Slimming World Syn Free, Vegan and Whole 30.
- 1 can tomatoes
- 1 tbs tomato puree
- 1 small Scotch bonnet chilli - chopped, seeds and membranes discarded
- 1 small onion - peeled and roughly chopped
- 2 cloves garlic - peeled and sliced
- 1 tsp mint sauce
- 1 tbs white wine vinegar
- 1 pinch salt to taste
Place all the ingredients into a blender and whizz. until almost smooth - I like some texture, but you want to really blitz up that chilli.
Season to taste with salt.
- Avoid touching the chilli when preparing it - I wrap my fingers loosely in a piece of cling film.
- If you don't have any mint sauce, you can use a tablespoon fresh mint or half a tablespoon of dried mint and add one tablespoon more vinegar.
- If you want to make a chunkier Kebab Shop Chilli Sauce then sieve the tomatoes, then blend a couple of them with the chilli and garlic then add in the onion and the rest of the tomatoes and pulse to your desired consistency. Add in some of the drained juice to thin if needed.
- Keeps for a week in the fridge.
- Leave for 24 hours before eating to allow the flavours to meld.
- Freeze in a silicon ice cube tray for individual portions.
- Most Paleo diet followers are ok with consuming vinegar, if not, then omit.
- This recipe is Zero Weight Watchers Smart Points!
6 Facts about chillis
- Chilli heat is measured on the Scoville scale. The current hottest chilli, the Carolina Reaper with over 1.5 million Scoville heat units is five hundred times hotter than tabasco sauce. A bell pepper has a rating of 1.
- The heat in chillis is from capsicum, concentrated in the seeds and membranes, discard or keep these according to how much heat you want.
- Chillis originated in the Americas, and are a member of the nightshade family along with potatoes, tomatoes, aubergines and bell peppers.
- Chillis are a great source of vitamin C, with a higher concentration than oranges.
- The best way of counteracting the heat of a chilli is with milk. A cool beer might seem like a good idea, but a cold glass of milk does better against the heat.
- Chilli can be spelled either chilli or chili, depending which side of the Atlantic you are from.
If you love sauce you may also enjoy my Quick and Easy Healthy Tartare Sauce