Hot Sauce Ideas to Set Your Food Brand on Fire


Playing with fire can help you strike up new business and keep your customers’ brand loyalty blazing! Around the world, countless cultures embrace chili peppers as a part of their culinary landscape. With their thrilling heat and provocative punch of flavor, hot sauces built around these prized peppers can complete, elevate, or even totally revamp your current menu offerings.

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Whether you want to bring your foods the charm of local cuisines or the exotic appeal of global flavors, our talented culinary experts are ready for the challenge. With our expertise in developing custom-flavored hot sauces, we can help you fine-tune your sauce until it reaches the ideal flavor profile, texture, and heat level. Scroll down to explore three of our most intense hot sauce formulating ideas.

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Sriracha + Gochujang =
A Fiery Combination

Two delicious chili-based sauces hailing from Asia, sriracha and gochujang make an exceptionally sizzling combo. The familiar simplicity of sriracha pairs beautifully with the fermented complexity of gochujang, serving you the best of both worlds. Sriracha Gochujang Hot Sauce adds a surprising, complex flavor to special dishes and also works wonders as a delicious everyday condiment.

A classic hot sauce originally invented in Thailand, sriracha has been delighting consumers for decades. It’s especially popular with younger people, with 49% of U.S. millennials saying they’ve tried it and enjoy it. (Kantar Profiles/Mintel 2021) Meanwhile, the Korean staple gochujang has been on the rise for years now, along with many other Korean flavors and ingredients. A spicy-sweet paste made from red chili peppers, fermented soybeans, rice, and salt, gochujang delivers dishes a rich umami flavor and lingering heat – a little goes a long way!

A spicy and savory stew, Sriracha Gochujang Jjigae (jjigae is Korean for stew) will warm you up on cold winter nights. Made from pork belly, shimeji mushrooms, fish sauce, soy sauce, potatoes, and a richly flavored broth, this late-night favorite comes alive with the addition of Sriracha Gochujang Hot Sauce. An appealing concept to add to your sandwich menu.

How about a twist on the classic BLT? Imagine crisp bacon, fresh tomato slices, leafy spinach, and a layer of Sriracha Mayo spread sandwiched between two pieces of sourdough bread, with drizzles of Sriracha Gochujang Hot Sauce. The fiery sauce adds an unexpected twist to this classic sandwich – a perfect way to jazz up your lunch menu!

Create a marinade for your baby back ribs from Sriracha Gochujang Hot Sauce, adding a searing savor to that fall-off-the-bone goodness. Or, stir it into a sweet and sticky honey glaze that will make those ribs look – and taste – irresistible. Whether you make your spicy ribs a limited-time offer, a new product launch, an addition to a meal kit, or a frozen food product, they’re sure to turn heads.


Go Wild with Guajillo Chilis

Rich, fruity, and slightly earthy, guajillo chili peppers have a mild heat that won’t scare away spice-shy consumers. In their fresh form, they’re bright red and known as mirasol peppers. When dried, they develop a leathery skin and a vibrant fruity/smoky flavor – almost like a chipotle with a raisin-like texture!

These peppers play a lively role in Mexican cuisine, often finding their way into salsas, marinades, and mole sauces. They’re also having a moment – last year a whopping 24% of sauce and seasoning products had guajillo chili flavors in various formats! That’s a 10% increase from 2020. (Mintel) Our Guajillo Chili Hot Sauce blends these on-the-rise peppers into a flavor-forward sauce that brings much more than heat to the table.

Gather around for a snackable, shareable nacho platter topped with spicy Guajillo Chili Salsa. Picture guacamole, pico de gallo, shredded lettuce, cotija cheese, grilled corn, pinto beans, black olives, fresh jalapeño slices, pickled red onions, and shredded chicken all piled high atop crunchy tortilla chips. Although shareable dishes experienced a sharp decline during the pandemic, they’re slowly but surely returning to menus, with appetizers growing by 8% in Q2 2021-2022 as consumers find more ways to have fun with foods. (Kantar Profiles/Mintel 2022)

Punch up your taco menu with Guajillo Chili Hot Sauce, which injects zesty heat and tantalizing flavor into any and all tacos. No matter what your choice of tortilla (soft or hard, flour or corn), protein (shrimp, beef, chicken, or pork), or toppings (cheese, shredded cabbage, guacamole, and/or pineapple), this hot sauce will add a delicious depth and heat.



Can’t Decide on One Chili?

No problem! Create a medley of adventurous flavors by loading up on habanero, jalapeño, cayenne, red pepper flakes, horseradish, cumin, and more, all blended into a fiery 5-Alarm Hot Sauce. Whether enjoyed as a marinade or a hot sauce, it elevates dishes with its peppery, smoky, and spicy flavor notes. Each pepper adds a new dimension to this compelling condiment.


Looking to elevate your salad menu? Craft a 5-Alarm BBQ Chicken Salad. Imagine crisp iceberg lettuce topped with shredded BBQ chicken, green and black olives, Roma tomatoes, red onions, mozzarella cheese, and jalapeño peppers. Drizzle delicious
5-Alarm Hot Sauce on top to ramp up the heat and build big, bold flavors.

Leverage consumers’ deep-seated love for spicy chicken wings by tossing crispy wings – breaded or non-breaded – in a fabulous 5-Alarm Hot Sauce. Sauced and tossed in this multi-dimensional hot sauce, your chicken wings will have an indisputably intense kick.

Slather it on a bun to create a 5-Alarm Burger. When layered atop pepper jack cheese, jalapeños, sliced tomatoes, crisp lettuce, and a juicy 100%-beef burger, 5-Alarm Hot Sauce will crank up both the fire and the flavor.

Are You Ready to Explore Exciting New Hot Sauce Ideas?

We recently brought you on board the Hot Sauce Express, and this train just keeps chugging along. Our team of professional food fanatics can help you create the hottest hot sauces and fiercest flavors. Whether you want to take your consumers to every corner of the globe with 10 Spicy & Unique Peppers or introduce them to the trendiest flavors of 2023, our food scientists and chefs can help you innovate and experiment with extraordinary new hot sauce ideas. What are you waiting for?

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