10 Hot Sauces You Need to Try


We’ve rounded up our favorite hot sauces inspired by flavors spanning the globe. Read on to see if your favorite cracked our top 10!

Kaley W.
ByKaley W.
Staff

In preparation of February's Big Game, we present our definitive list of must-try condiments. Hot sauces are about more than testing your tongue-scorching limits. The right one can bring not just heat, but robust flavor and depth to your dish. We’ve rounded up 10 of our favorite bottles of sauce to add to your pepper repertoire, running the gamut from a traditional habanero sauce you’d dip your chips in, to a spicy chili crisp that’s swept the internet and some might argue is best served over ice cream. If you can take the heat, read on to see if your favorite made our list! 

Da Bomb

"Freaking fire! 🤯🌡🔥🔥🔥” writes one Influenster member! Da Bomb might be best known for making guests squrim on a popular YouTube series. Its Insanity Hot Sauce comes in at 135,600 on the Scoville scale (that’s 45x hotter than a jalapeno!) however they have sauces ranging from no heat to “off the charts!” 

Truff

This hot sauce went to private school. If you’re looking to elevate a dish without overwhelming heat, then this is the sauce for you. Its spice is tempered with a little sweetness from agave nectar and indulgent black truffle oil from Northern Italy. Many users say it’s become a go-to for leveling up their morning eggs. 

Cholula

What Cholula lacks in heat, it makes up for in explosive flavor. It’s got a great classic, slightly tangy taste and complements anything you douse it on without overpowering it. Tabasco purists, we’re sorry but you’re wrong. 

Nando’s Peri Peri Sauce

Not to be confused with Very Peri, Pantone’s color of the year, peri-peri sauce is the calling card of the fast-casual restaurant Nando’s. The South African staple is typically made from crushed chiles, lemon, pepper, garlic, salt, onion, bay leaves, vinegar, and oil and would be a fun way to punch up grilled chicken wings or a crudité platter (it’s vegetarian)! 

Yellowbird Sauce

Born and raised in Texas, Yellowbird Sauces are crafted with real, clean ingredients. They’re thicker (think: sriracha consistency) and, according to one member’s review, “These may not satisfy the chili heads out there with pure heat, but they will certainly deliver on flavor and variety!”

Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo

IYKYK. Frank’s is the gold standard in buffalo sauce, which to the uninitiated, is just equal parts hot sauce and butter. Whether slathered on hot wings or cauliflower bites, you can’t go wrong with the OG. 

Mike’s Hot Honey

For sweet heat, Mike’s Hot Honey can’t be beat. It’s a chili pepper-infused honey that’s good on just about everything—charcuterie boards, wings, ribs, biscuits, even fruit salad. A drizzle of Mike’s on your pizza crust might even have you eating the crust first. 

Lao Gan Ma Spicy Chili Crisp

It’s not hard to see why the crispy chili-infused oil was voted the best hot sauce by the LA Times. Equal parts crunchy, tingly, slightly sweet, and umami-packed, this year’s funkiest condiment is good enough to be eaten by the spoonful. Try stirring some into your ranch or bleu cheese dip for an extra zing. 

Marie Sharp’s Habanero Pepper Sauce

Wanna spice up your dinner while improving your eyesight? Belizean-based Marie Sharp’s Hot Sauces have a unique carrot base to strike the perfect balance between flavor and heat. Give your gameday Bloody Marys that ‘je ne sais quoi’ by adding a few drops of this. 

Tiger Sauce

The original Tiger Sauce claims to be as exotic as the animal it’s named after. Salty, sweet, sour, and slightly spicy, the cayenne-pepper based sauce can be used as a marinade or dip and goes particularly well with seafood. A tiger might not change its stripes, but you should sub your go-to hot sauce with this. 

Who needs a glass of milk? Let us know in the comments what your favorite hot sauce is and how you’ll be spending game day!