When most people really get into hot sauce, odds are they have only been using one sauce their whole lives. Maybe they grew up in the South and only got a taste of Crystal. Perhaps their parents were from Mexico, so they had a bottle of Valentina in the cupboard. Or maybe their parents didn't like hot sauce, so they've only tried Tobasco, easily available everywhere. Then they tried something new. Maybe it was hotter or maybe it had better flavor, but it was better and they became inspired to try even more sauces. Thus begins the journey for most Chile Heads. And every Chile Head has their favorite that they will try and convince you is better than your stand by. I've seen a ton of articles and blogs on the web attempt to rank the best hot sauces out there. Truth be told, hot sauce is just like beer and wine, in that, no one sauce is best for everything. Different types of hot sauces pair better with different types of foods. Variety is the spice of life and this is no truer than with hot sauce.
So, consider this your awesome hot sauce users guide. To qualify this list, I will tell you that I am a Chile Head who not only goes after heat, but after flavor. At one point in my life, I had no less than 30 hot sauces in my fridge. That's paired down a bit in the past few years. This list only includes sauces I like to use regularly and with food that I want to taste, sorry, no seafood. There are no boutique sauces on here and no variant sauces, such as Cholula Garlic(although, yum!). There are no extremely hot sauces because this is about pairing a hot sauce with a food to enhance it's flavor(and give it a kick of course).
Tobasco: Chicken Noodle Soup, Shredded Hashbrown Potatoes, spike your steak sauce, Salad
Cholula: Nachos, Omelets, Scambled Eggs, O'Brien Potatoes, Corn, Cheese or Queso sauce, Enchiladas, Hard Boiled Eggs, Sandwiches, Burritos
Tapatio: Cream of Chicken Soup and most other cream based soups, Potato Salad, Tater Tots, Cream Based Pasta Dishes
Texas Pete's: Chicken Tortilla Soup, Pizza, Any beef based soup, most fried foods, spike your BBQ sauce, Poached or Fried Eggs, French Fries(any variety), Chili, Breakfast Sandwiches(like Jimmy Deans), most pasta dishes that are not cream based, Beef Stew
Frank's Red Hot: Chicken Wings(duh), Fried Chicken
Sriracha: All Rice, Coleslaw, all Asian Dishes, spike your Mayo, mix with steak sauce and dip Baked Chicken in it, Hot Dogs and Corndogs or spike your ketchup
Pico Pica: Tacos, any kind: American, Mexican, Street, Fushion, hard, soft, just do it, and tostadas
These are my 7 go to hot sauces for whatever I'm into eating. They are readily available anywhere. Sorry, no Crystal or Red Rooster or whatever you're into. They're good too, I just never have the need for them. Leave a comment about your favorite hot sauce or a question about what should go with what.
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