Beyond Sriracha: Hot Sauces You Should Try
A few of my favorites for the heat lovers out there. Please add suggestions of sauces you love!
- •Valentina Salsa PicanteSlightly sweet, heavy pepper flavor. Great on nachos. Mild enough for the heat-timid.
- •The Pepper Plant Original California StyleNot too hot. A bit earthy. Not specifically Asian or Latin. Good on fries and eggs, or do as I do and slather it over chicken before roasting or grilling.
- •Huy Fong Foods Chili-Garlic SauceThink of this as chunky, much more flavorful sriracha. Though it's Vietnamese in origin, I use it in almost every Asian dish I cook, along with many other foods. It's outrageous spooned over a casserole dish of mac and cheese and popped under the broiler to get brown and crisp.
- •Sabra Red SchugPronounced "skoog." If you've ever been to a proper falafel shop, they most likely make their own schug. Sabra make a spicy, slightly sweet prepared version that is delicious with pita, grilled meats, or stirred into yogurt as a spicy vegetable dip.
- •Tennessee Red Lightnin' Hot SauceHabanero-based, with just enough sweetness to balance it out. Still, not for tender tongues.
- •Marie Sharp's Habanero Pepper SauceAnother habanero-based sauce that packs a spicy punch, but its carrot, garlic, and citrus flavors are also present, making it a bit more complex. I like to swirl it into softened butter and glaze grilled steak with it.
- •CaJohn's El ChupacabraThis one is not for the faint of heart. It's got a sneaky burn that starts out slow and easy and eventually leaves you on the floor. But like, in a good way...if you're into that kind of thing.
- •Sambal OelekPerfect when you want to add heat without impacting the flavor of the dish. It’s not really used so much as a condiment as it is used for cooking.Suggested by @aminatou
- •HarissaI like the version at Cafe Mogador which they also sell in jars to take home.Suggested by @aminatou
- •Chalula!Goes well with "Mexican" foodSuggested by @gaseous_clay
- •Secret aardvarkSuggested by @Jesse
- •Chili CrunchcrackSuggested by @Lilysaltz
- •TapatioSuggested by @Lilysaltz
- •Dark Heart Praline Picante Chili Sauce per @molliekatzen
- •Matouk's West Indian Salsa Picante Hot SauceWildly flavorful spicy/fruity situation. Hot but not too hot. A little goes a long way. Papaya, pickled habanero, garlic, and mustard are the culprits. A real treat.Suggested by @tothemaxxx