Take a trip up the Scoville scale with us, a journey to spicy flavor, piquancy, and heat. We’re talking, of course, about one of our favorite condiments, and potentially the most invigorating one for your palette: hot sauce.
Bring the Heat!
Hot sauces deliver a quick infusion of flavor when sprinkled on top of a dish, or they can be used in the preparation of specialty foods and drinks for a spicy kick. We can’t get enough of the heat, and we’re ready to share some of our favorite picks with you!
Top Hot Sauce Brands
These are the wizards that pack intense flavors into suspiciously tiny bottles:
Pay attention to the mean mug on this adorable avian mascot. The eponymous bird on Yellowbird Sauce labels is meant to resemble a feathered friend from Thailand who’s totally undeterred by the taste of capsaicin.
When Veronica Garza fell ill, her family helped her find relief by altering her diet to cut out grains and inflammation-inducing foods. It seems like the family who snacks together, stays together, so they created grain-free chips, shells, and other shareables, not to mention some exemplary hot sauces.
Inspired by the home cooking of company co-founder Leland Copenhagen’s grandmother (or “yai,” in Thai), Yai’s Thai offers a wide variety of readymade curries, sauces, salsas, and bowls. The company aims to create easy-to-use, flavorful products that are acceptable for people who have a wide range of dietary needs.
Best Hot Sauces
Get your taste buds tingling with these spicy condiments:
Tessemae’s Mild Buffalo Sauce
For those who are more attuned to flavor than heat, Tessemae’s has a mild Buffalo sauce that’s compatible with the Whole30 diet. It’s also dairy-free, sugar-free, and vegan!
Sky Valley Sriracha Sauce
Where would we be without our beloved Sriracha sauce? Sky Valley does it right with this blend of garlic, cayenne, and red jalapenos. Use it to spice up soups and stews or to add some heat to dips.
Paleo-Friendly Hot Sauces
If you’re following a paleo diet, you don’t have to miss out on flavor. Grab one of these hot sauces:
Siete Traditional Hot Sauce
Not only is this traditional hot sauce acceptable for those who follow a paleo diet. It’s also loaded with superfoods like chia seeds as well as healthy flaxseed and beets.
Yai’s Thai Chili Garlic Hot Sauce
Inspired by Thailand’s spicy nam prik, Yai’s Thai hot sauces, including this chili garlic variety, add a special kick that’s suitable for keto and paleo diets. The list of ingredients is simple, but the heat is set on high.
How to Get the Most Out of Your Hot Sauce
We’re never at a loss for how to use hot sauce, but if you are, we’ve got you covered:
Spice Up Brown or White Eggs
If you’ve ever seen white eggs and brown eggs in your grocery store, you might wonder what the difference is. We’ll share with you what we’ve learned, but hot sauce goes great on either kind of egg.
Vegan Chili Made Simple
If you’re a fan of heat, you probably know your way around a good bowl of chili. Here’s how to make it vegan. Add any of our favorite hot sauces for some extra intensity.
What Do You Do with Mayo?
Find yourself looking for mayonnaise inspiration? Here’s one tip before you even open the article: Mix in a dash of your favorite hot sauce to perk up mayo.