I'm getting bored with that ol' standard, red 'hot sauce' - can the hotline recommend alternatives?

Dominic Valentine


LisaD April 19, 2016
Cackalacky sauce from North Carolina. One of the ingredients is sweet potatoes. It is has a mellow heat and a touch of sweetness, but what I like best is that it's a bit thicker, i.e., saucier, than some of the usual hot sauces. It is deluxe on any breakfast dish.
Ali W. April 18, 2016
Torrisi's spicy sauce: https://food52.com/recipes/20017-torrisi-s-spicy-sauce
I kid you not, it's changed my life. Or at least my dinners. And breakfasts. And lunches. And snacks.
foofaraw April 16, 2016
Sambal ABC from Indonesia. Sweet and spicy, you can find it in Asian Market.
Sara G. April 15, 2016
We love cholula - so much more flavor then plain hot sauce!
Gabriella G. April 15, 2016
Definitely Salsa Verde will spice up any of your standard dishes, or you could just make your own salsa with tomatillos and some chopped up red peppers. Or Chipotle flavoured sauce... can also be insanely delicious
kate April 14, 2016
Real Pickles makes a delicious fermented tomatillo hot sauce.

Summer O. April 14, 2016
I don't know what you are using it for but what about a curry? Green or red? If you don't want to make it yourself you can buy them in little tins and reconstitute with coconut milk or stock. I promise you it's good on fries.
Dominic V. April 14, 2016
Hi Summer - I'm just using it as a table-top condiment - so it basically goes over fries, burgers, eggs, cheese, ham; I also put it into soups, stews and casseroles. Hmm, curry as a condiment - always thought of it as a dish on its own to be honest but, hey, that's why we're here to expand our culinary experiences.
kat G. April 13, 2016
Scotch Bonnet!! It's a Caribbean hot sauce that is a bit fruity and so so so tasty! I really love it with eggs
Dominic V. April 14, 2016
Kat - isn't a Scotch Bonnet just a type of chili pepper? I didn't know there was a sauce with that title - I'll keep my ears n eyes open for more on that - thanks for your reply.
jordanhamons April 13, 2016
I just got a bottle of Filfil No. 7 Garlic Hot Sauce and it is so good.
Jan W. April 12, 2016
Which hot sauce do you use? Anyway there are many things you could try if you want a twist:
- Green chile hot sauces (there are many brands and varieties, but most are jalapeño/poblano based)
- Harissa (can come in jar or tube form)
- Piri-piri, which has much more chile flesh flavor than heat, and relies more on olive oil/lemon than vinegar.
- Banana ketchup, which come in hot and not hot varieties. Decidedly different from Heinz and a favorite among Filipinos.
- English style hot mustard/ German (Super)scharfersenf, because I'm trying to convert you to the dark side...also its delicious.

Dominic V. April 12, 2016
Thanks you Jan yes, English mustard is a standard fall-back option for me but I'm loving the idea of 'banana ketchup' - sounds a wonderful mix-mash.
Piri-piri has awesome complexities and harissa makes every mouthful remind me of that film 'Ice Cold In Alex' but banana ketchup wins the day!
Valhalla April 12, 2016
zhug (many alternate spellings) is having a moment.
Dominic V. April 12, 2016
Zhug sounds attractive - and the cilantro / coriander - based one looks vibrant - thanks Valhalla
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