The 9 Best Hot Sauces of 2019

Add some spice to your cooking

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Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Kumana Avocado Sauce at Amazon

“Avocado hot sauces are a tasty alternative to traditional hot sauces.”

Best Mexican: Cholula Original Hot Sauce at Amazon

“The sauce is made in Mexico and includes both arbol and piquin peppers."

Best for Wings: Frank's RedHot Cayenne Pepper Sauce at Walmart

“You’ll have enough to use it in recipes and as a condiment."

Best Sriracha: Bushwick Kitchen Sriracha Chili Hot Sauce at Amazon

“Users praise the sweetness and the kick from the peppers.’

Best Habanero: El Yucateco Verde de Chile Habanero at Amazon

“Adds a hefty kick with a Scoville rating of 9000, but it's still flavorful.”

Best Jalapeno: Slap Ya Mama Louisiana Style Hot Sauce at Amazon

“You don’t have to stick to Cajun recipes when you use it."

Best Ghost Pepper: Dave's Gourmet Ghost Pepper Hot Sauce at Amazon

“It’s a very hot sauce if you’ve only dabbled in the milder varieties.”

Best Variety Pack: Yellowbird Hot Sauce Combo at Amazon

“This includes three 9.8 ounce squeeze bottles, with one of each flavor.”

Best Kit: The Chili Lab Homemade Hot Sauce Kit at Williams Sonoma

“It only takes a few minutes to prep the hot sauce mix."

  • 01 of 09

    Best Overall: Kumana Avocado Sauce

    Avocado hot sauces may not be familiar—yet—but they’re a tasty alternative to more traditional sauces. This trio of avocado hot sauces from Kumana includes the original version that’s spicy (but not excessively spicy), a sweet version, and a hot version. The avocado tempers the heat a bit and adds a creamy texture that makes it great on tacos, omelets, tomato salads, burritos, or just about any dish that needs a little bit of heat.

  • 02 of 09

    Best Mexican: Cholula Original Hot Sauce

    You’re likely to find Cholula hot sauce on the table of your favorite Mexican restaurant, ready to be added to your tacos, drizzled on your burritos, or sprinkled on your carne asada. The sauce is made in Mexico and includes both arbol and piquin peppers along with vinegar and spices for great heat and complex flavor. Not just a table condiment, you can add it to your rice dishes, soups, stews, and more, or even use it to help a salt rim adhere to your cocktail glass.

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  • 03 of 09

    Best for Wings: Frank's RedHot Original Cayenne Pepper Sauce

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    Some people argue that the only proper hot sauce for wings is Frank's. It has the tartness from the vinegar and a little bite from the cayenne peppers. It’s not just great on Buffalo wings, though. It can add just the right flavor to spicy meatballs, deviled eggs, or even baked beans. This is a 23-ounce bottle, so you’ll have enough to use it in recipes and as a condiment for tacos, pizza, and more.

  • 04 of 09

    Best Sriracha: Bushwick Kitchen Weak Knees Gochujang Sriracha Chili Hot Sauce

    This sriracha and gochujang sauce from Bushwick Kitchen has a delicious and unique taste that lends itself to a variety of dishes. Users praised the subtle sweetness, the fermented flavor, and the kick from the peppers. However, this isn't the hottest sauce on our list, which means you can add more to get the flavor you crave on eggs, grilled cheese sandwiches, stews, marinades, and more. The only complaint users have is that they wish it came in a larger bottle (it comes in a 10.5 ounce bottle), because they used it up so fast!

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  • 05 of 09

    Best Habanero: El Yucateco Salsa Picante Verde de Chile Habanero

    El Yucateco is one of the hot sauce brands you’ll find on heavy rotation in most Mexican restaurants. Made from habanero peppers, this green sauce adds a hefty kick and has a Scoville rating of 9000, but the flavor still comes through and the heat disappears fast enough that you’ll be going back for more...and more! If you can’t handle the heat of using this as a drizzle on your tacos, you can add it to your salsa or mix it into your guacamole. It can also add a delicious kick to your ramen or pho, or add a drop to your barbecue sauce to give it a kick. This is one 8 ounce bottle.

  • 06 of 09

    Best Jalapeno: Slap Ya Mama All Natural Louisiana Style Hot Sauce

    Do you remember when jalapenos used to be considered a very hot pepper? Now, compared to the hotter varieties of peppers, jalapenos are pretty tame, but they’ve still got a little bit of a kick along with great flavor. While this is a Louisiana style sauce, you don’t have to stick to Cajun recipes when you use it. Feel free to drizzle it on all your favorite foods, from tacos to jambalaya to your grilled chicken, smoked ribs, or oven-roasted meats. It’s also great in your red beans and rice or your black bean soup. This is one 5 ounce bottle.

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  • 07 of 09

    Best Ghost Pepper: Dave's Gourmet Ghost Pepper Jolokia Hot Sauce

    Dave’s Gourmet makes a wide variety of sauce, salsas, and condiments, like this ghost pepper salsa. Ghost peppers, also known as Bhut Jolokia, are one of the hottest peppers you’ll face, but they’re tempered somewhat in this sauce so you’ll still have taste buds left after you try it. Still, it’s a very hot sauce if you’ve only dabbled in the milder varieties, so if you don’t want it full strength, you can add a little to your slow-cooker chili or add just a drop to your salsa. This is a slightly thin sauce, so it’s easy to drizzle just a drop at a time if you don’t want extreme heat. Besides the heat, it has a mildly smoky flavor. If you’re really adventurous, add a drop to your frozen margarita or Bloody Mary cocktail.

    If you don't have the time to make a cocktail from scratch, try one of our favorite margarita mixes.

  • 08 of 09

    Best Variety Pack: Yellowbird Hot Sauce Combo

    When everyone in the family likes a different heat level, this three-pack of hot sauces will make everyone happy. It’s great for parties and potlucks, where guests can sample all three and then choose their favorite. This variety pack includes a red jalapeno hot sauce, a green serrano hot sauce, and an orange habanero hot sauce. This includes three 9.8 ounce squeeze bottles, with one of each flavor.

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  • 09 of 09

    Best Kit: The Chili Lab Homemade Hot Sauce Kit

    The Chilli Lab Homemade Hot Sauce Kit
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    If you love hot sauce, why not make your own? This handy kit includes two different spice blends that will let you make two different 4-ounce bottles of hot sauce. Once spice mix is fruity and smoky, while the other has citrus and herbal notes. It only takes a few minutes to prep the hot sauce mix, then it needs to age for three days, so you’ll have your own hot sauce blend in no time. The bottles with corks are included, along with a fine-mesh strainer and a stainless steel funnel, so you can continue experimenting with your own spice mixes after you’ve made and used your first batches.

Our Process

Our writers spent 4 hours researching the most popular hot sauces on the market. Before making their final recommendations, they considered 18 different hot sauces overall, screened options from 12 different brands and manufacturers, read over 19 user reviews (both positive and negative), and tested 4 of the hot sauces themselves. All of this research adds up to recommendations you can trust.