Datil Pepper Spicy Wings (St Augustine Recipe)

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These datil pepper spicy wings are made with delicious hot sauce using fresh datil peppers, butter, and regular chicken wings. These wings have great flavor with just enough heat without being too spicy.

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What is a Datil Pepper?

Datils are one of the most popular locally grown peppers in St. Augustine, Florida. St Augustinians take their hot peppers very seriously and you can often find an abundance of delicious datil pepper products at the local restaurants and farmer’s markets in the area. 

We decided to plant datil pepper seeds and grow our own datils in our home garden here in St Johns County. Datil peppers are small peppers, orangeish-yellow in color, and have a mild heat level, with around 100,000 to 300,000 heat units on the Scoville scale. Datil peppers have a sensational sweet-hot flavor that makes them perfect for making homemade hot sauce. That homemade sauce is what gives these chicken wings a wonderful full-bodied flavor. 

datil peppers in garden

What You Need to Make Datil Pepper Spicy Chicken Wings

To make these tasty Datil pepper spicy wings you will need:

  • 3/4 stick of grass-fed butter
  • 1 cup homemade Datil hot sauce
  • 3 lbs chicken wings, thawed
  • 2 quarts avocado oil

You can see how to make homemade datil sauce here: Hot Datil Pepper Sauce Recipe. If you don’t have fresh datil peppers, and/or are unable to make your own hot sauce, don’t worry. You can still make these datil pepper wings with store-bought datil hot sauce. Luckily, you can grab some online here: Traditional Datil Pepper Sauces from St Augustine (here)

ingredients for making chicken wings with datil pepper hot sauce

How to Make Hot Datil Pepper Sauce Fried Wings

First, place the butter in a medium saucepan. 

butter in pot

Add the datil sauce to the pot, if the hot sauce is too thick, you can add a little apple cider vinegar to the bottle, and shake to get all of the sauce out of the bottle. 

how wings with homemade datil pepper sauce

Warm over medium heat until the butter is melted. Stir to combine.

homemade chicken wing sauce

Heat the Oil

Pour the avocado oil into a large pot on the stove. Make sure that you have enough oil in the pot to be able to fully submerge the chicken wings to cook. But not so much oil that it may overflow, or spill over the sides of the pot. 

avocado oil to fry wings

Heat the oil over medium-high heat until it reaches 350 degrees F. You can use a kitchen meat thermometer to check the temperature. 

test oil temp. fry oil temp 350

Fry the Chicken Wings

When the oil reaches 350 degrees F, carefully, with tongs, place one layer of chicken wings into the oil to cook. Make sure the wings are thawed and not frozen. Do not stack the wings. You will need to do this a few times to cook all of the wings.

fry wings in avocado oil

Cook the wings for about 20 minutes, until fully cooked and golden brown. Then, carefully, with tongs, remove the wings from the oil and place them on layers of paper towels to drain. 

drain wings on paper towel

Toss the Wings in Datil Sauce

Spoon 2 large spoonfuls of the wonderful concoction of hot sauce and butter into a large bowl. 

spoon sauce into a bowl

Next, add the cooked wings to the bowl and toss to coat. Or use a large spoon to mix the wings until fully covered in the sauce. 

toss wings to coat in datil sauce

Datil Pepper Chicken Wings

Serve these datil pepper spicy wings with celery and carrot sticks.

Datil Pepper Spicy Wings made with homemade datil pepper sauce

Don’t forget the side of ranch or blue cheese dressing for dipping.

how to make Datil Pepper Spicy Wings

This delicious blend combines the spicy flavors of the pepper with a little butter to make a very versatile sauce. Its unique flavor is not overwhelmingly spicy but has a subtle heat that lingers on the taste buds. 

These wings make a great appetizer and are perfect for game day. This is sure to become one of your favorite dishes, no matter the occasion. 

Datil Pepper Spicy Wings

Datil Products

If you are local to St Augustine, make sure to find a local hot sauce store. But if you aren’t local to the area you can still find Minorcan datil pepper products in specialty food stores, and online. 

  • Datil Pepper BBQ Sauces (here)
  • Datil Pepper Sauces from St Augustine (here)
  • Datil Pepper Chili Powder (here)

Make sure to check out our homemade Datil Pepper Jelly Recipe

Datil Pepper Spicy Wings (St Augustine Recipe)

Datil Pepper Spicy Wings (St Augustine Recipe)

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

These datil pepper spicy wings are made with delicious hot sauce using fresh datil peppers and regular chicken wings.


  • 3/4 stick of grass-fed butter
  • 1 cup homemade Datil hot sauce
  • 3 lbs chicken wings, thawed
  • 2 quarts avocado oil


  1. Combine butter and hot sauce in a medium, pot over medium heat.
  2. Warm until butter melts, stirring to combine
  3. Fill a large pot with avocado oil and heat to 350 degrees F
  4. Use a meat thermometer to check the oil temperature
  5. Carefully, place chicken wings into the oil
  6. Cook for 20 minutes, until thoroughly cooked and golden brown.
  7. Remove wings from oil, and place on layers of paper towels to drain.
  8. Spoon the sauce mixture into a large bowl.
  9. Add wings and toss to coat
  10. Serve with celery sticks, carrot sticks, blue cheese, and/or ranch dressing

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