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!
  1. Valentina Salsa Picante
    Slightly sweet, heavy pepper flavor. Great on nachos. Mild enough for the heat-timid.
  2. The Pepper Plant Original California Style
    Not 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.
  3. Huy Fong Foods Chili-Garlic Sauce
    Think 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.
  4. Sabra Red Schug
    Pronounced "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.
  5. Tennessee Red Lightnin' Hot Sauce
    Habanero-based, with just enough sweetness to balance it out. Still, not for tender tongues.
  6. Marie Sharp's Habanero Pepper Sauce
    Another 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.
  7. CaJohn's El Chupacabra
    This 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.
  8. Sambal Oelek
    Perfect 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
  9. Harissa
    I like the version at Cafe Mogador which they also sell in jars to take home.
    Suggested by   @aminatou
  10. Chalula!
    Goes well with "Mexican" food
    Suggested by   @gaseous_clay
  11. Secret aardvark
    Suggested by   @Jesse
  12. Chili Crunch
    crack
    Suggested by   @Lilysaltz
  13. Tapatio
    Suggested by   @Lilysaltz
  14. Dark Heart Praline Picante Chili Sauce per @molliekatzen
  15. Matouk's West Indian Salsa Picante Hot Sauce
    Wildly 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