A guide to Mexican hot sauce

When it comes to food, Mexico is best known for its delicious tacos and enchiladas. But there’s one other Mexican food staple that deserves just as much attention: hot sauce. Mexican hot sauce is more than just a condiment; it’s an essential ingredient in many traditional dishes. And while all hot sauces provide a spicy kick, each one has its own unique flavor profile. So, which Mexican hot sauce should you use next time you’re cooking up a storm? Read on to find out.

Cholula Hot Sauce

This bright red sauce is made with a blend of chili peppers, vinegar, garlic, and spices, and has a moderately spicy kick that makes it perfect for those who are new to hot sauces. Drizzle it over your favorite Mexican dish or use it as a dipping sauce—the possibilities are endless.

Salsa Macha

This fiery salsa macha originates from the Mexican state of Puebla and is made with a base of dried chili peppers, oil, and nuts. It’s ideal for those who like their food extra spicy, as the intense heat of the chili peppers is offset by the richness of the nuts. Use it sparingly—a little goes a long way with this Mexican hot sauce. Salsa macha is typically served alongside huevos rancheros or mixed into soup.

The Bronx Hot Sauce

Our Bronx Hot Sauce was inspired by the latino heritage of the borough. Sometimes at tastings, people ask if there is tomatillo in it, because of how green and fresh the flavor is. We like to describe the flavor profile of this Mexican hot sauce as a spicy salsa verde. So of course it works great on tacos. Try it with chorizo and cilantro tacos and you will never go back to another hot sauce again!

There you have it—a guide to some of the best Mexican hot sauces out there. So next time you’re in the mood for some spice, reach for one of these sauces and give it a try. And if you’re ever in Mexico, be sure to try some of the local favorites—you won’t be disappointed.