10 New Ways to Eat Hot Sauce
From popcorn and hot cocoa to oatmeal, salad dressing and beyond, we have tons of creative ways to use your favorite caliente condiment! Here's how to add some spice to your life!
- •Spice Up Movie NightCue up Netflix and flip on the AC! Thanks to spicy popcorn, movie night with bae is about to get even hotter. We’re huge fans of the snack because it’s low-cal, easy to make, and packs a major flavor punch. To whip it up, melt some butter in a small saucepan along with a tablespoon or two of hot sauce. Pour the fiery butter mixture over popped kernels and sprinkle with black pepper, Cajun seasoning, and Parmesan cheese.
- •Add it to EggsHot sauce can take just about any egg dish from “meh” to “wow!” but the spicy topper pairs especially well with Tex-Mex flavor combos like bell pepper, onion, and ham. Toss our suggested veggies and meat into a free-range scramble and top with your favorite spicy sauce to make breakfast a little more interesting.
- •Make a Flavor Packed Greek YogurtDitch the fatty chipotle mayo and make a homemade version with a protein-filled Greek yogurt base instead. To whip up a batch, mix a container of plain Greek yogurt with pepper, onion powder, minced garlic and hot sauce to taste. Store in a mason jar or Tupperware container and use on sandwiches, grilled fish, and burgers or even set it out with some veggies for last minute appetizer.
- •Make Mexican Hot CocoaInstead of making Mexican hot chocolate from scratch this winter, whip up your favorite instant hot cocoa and top it off with a dash of habanero sauce, and a sprinkle of cinnamon instead. (We like Nestlé Hot Cocoa Mix Dark Chocolate.) No one wants to wait to warm up when it’s freezing out.
- •Add to Baked Apples & PearsNext time you’re craving a slice of pie or another fruit-infused fattening dessert, preheat the oven to 350°F and grab an apple or a pear. Cut your fruit of choice in half and scoop out the seeds. Fill the cavity with a mixture of chopped walnuts, brown sugar, melted butter, hot sauce, and ground cinnamon. Place the filled fruit on a tray and bake for 25 minutes, or until soft. Top with a dollop of plain Greek yogurt and enjoy warm. You’re sure to love the combination of sweet, warm and spicy—we
- •Add it to SoupsAdd a splash of Sriracha into your favorite Mexican- or Asian-style soup to ease congestion and warm your soul from the inside out.
- •Whisk Up a Salad DressingMost bottled dressing are filled with chemicals and excess sugar. To bypass the junk and rev your metabolism, make a homemade vinaigrette with hot sauce, mustard, vinegar and olive oil. Giving life to a bowl of greens and veggies has never been easier!
- •Mix it With HummusIf you’re an avid Eat This, Not That! reader, you likely already know that we’re big fans of using hummus on sandwiches instead of other, nutrient-void spreads. To spice up your sammy a bit—without piling on those spicy and fatty Italian meats—mix your favorite hummus with some hot sauce and spread onto your bread. Pair with Ezekiel bread, avocado, kale, cucumber, and provolone for a tasty vegetarian meal that’s packed with flavor and protein.
- •Make a Fiery Fruit SaladAdd some heat to intrigue your taste buds again. Randy Clemens, the author of “The Sriracha Cookbook: 50 Rooster Sauce Recipes that Pack a Punch” suggests topping chopped mangos, papaya, banana (one of the 50 Best Breakfast Foods for Weight Loss), kiwi and strawberries with a vinaigrette made from equal parts toasted sesame oil and seasoned rice vinegar, honey, Sriracha, white sesame seeds and a low-sodium soy sauce. Top your bowl with some coconut flakes and fresh mint leaves.
- •Make a MarinadeBoost the flavor profile of your favorite meats in seconds with the help of a homemade spicy marinade. Simply whisk your favorite hot sauce with minced garlic, chopped scallions, olive oil, and fresh lime juice—all ingredients you likely already have at home.