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The Most Popular Hot Sauces In America, According to Instacart

Can you handle the heat of these spicy hot sauce picks?
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Hot sauce lovers, we know you're a dedicated bunch. From eggs and fried chicken to ramen and chicken wings to the crowning glory on a Bloody Mary, the possibilities are endless for adding a bit more spice to your life. It's such a popular condiment that it even has its own holiday (National Hot Sauce Day is Jan. 22). But what spicy sauce ranks as THE most popular in America? We got the lowdown on the most popular hot sauces in the U.S. from Instacart, a grocery delivery service, which they determined by assessing data about their top purchased hot sauces of 2018.

From 10th place to first place, see if your favorite fiery pick made the list.


Ninja Squirrel Hot Sauce

Ninja squirrel hot sauce


Ninja Squirrel hot sauce is the Whole Foods version of the forever-famous Sriracha hot sauce, and it's the 10th most popular, according to Instacart. The sauce was created almost four years ago by Derek Sarno, the Senior Global Chef at Whole Foods. What makes this version stand out from its fellow contenders is its garlicky taste, which is not overpowered by the heat from its top three ingredients: red jalapeño puree, red chili puree, and a habanero pepper powder.


Taco Bell Hot Sauce

Taco bell hot sauce


How many times have you ordered a Soft Taco Supreme or a Steak Quesadilla from Taco Bell that you just couldn't wait to douse in the restaurant's very own hot sauce? Thankfully, lovers of this hot sauce don't have to make a special trip to Taco Bell just to stock up on dozens of small packets. You can buy it online!


Crystal Hot Sauce

Crystal hot sauce


Louisiana's Pure Crystal Hot Sauce consists of just three simple ingredients: aged red cayenne peppers, distilled vinegar, and salt. Baumer Foods recommends drizzling their hot sauce on top of anything, ranging from pork to oysters to vegetables. It's no wonder it's ranked the eighth most popular hot sauce—it takes the flavor of just about any dish to the next level, and with minimal ingredients at that.


La Costeña Mexican Hot Sauce

La costeña hot sauce


This hot sauce is in a league of its own. The second ingredient listed on the La Costeña label is carrot, followed by red jalapeño peppers, vinegar, onion, dried peppers, and wheat flour. Those who abide by a gluten-free lifestyle should, unfortunately, steer clear of this tasty sauce though. Don't worry—there are plenty of others on this list for you to enjoy instead!

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Texas Pete Hot Sauce

Texas pete hot sauce


Never tried Texas Pete's hot sauce before? Here's what the company's website has to say about its product: "It's a love story of Southern proportions; the romantic embrace of hot and bold!" Sounds like an irresistible combination to us.


Tapatío Hot Sauce

Tapatio hot sauce


According to the company's website, Tapatío is the name that's given to people who are from Guadalajara, Jalisco, which is the second largest city in Mexico. Not only does this hot sauce enhance food, but it also works if you want to spice up a variety of drinks, too. They even offer a recipe for a dirty martini!


Tabasco Hot Sauce

Tabasco hot sauce


Tabasco may rank third on the most popular list, but it goes without mention that it's still one of the most well-known hot sauce on the market. What many people might not know about the famed red pepper sauce is that the simple mixture of peppers, vinegar, and salt is aged in barrels for up to three years on Avery Island, Louisiana, before it's available in stores. This hot sauce is also one of the longest standing recipes still sold today, originating in 1868.


Huy Fong Foods Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce

Huy fong foods sriracha hot sauce


When you think of Sriracha, the iconic, squeezable bottle of Huy Fong Foods likely comes to mind. The story of how this chili sauce came to be is, to say the least, remarkable. The creator, David Tran, fled communist Vietnam by way of a Taiwanese freighter called, Huey Fong, which later became the inspiration for his company Huy Fong Foods. Today, Tran makes one of the most reputable Sriracha sauces in the nation.


Frank's RedHot Sauce

Franks redhot hot sauce


Frank's RedHot is the second most popular hot sauce on the market, according to Instacart. So what exactly makes this one such a crowd-pleaser? Well, in case you weren't aware, the sauce was the secret ingredient in the original Buffalo wings that debuted in 1964 in Buffalo, New York! Needless to say, it's a timeless condiment.


Cholula Hot Sauce

Cholula hot sauce


Finally, the hot sauce awarded with the title of best of the best is none other than Cholula. The company's signature recipe contains Chile de árbol and piquín peppers, both of which kick up the heat even more so than a hot sauce variety that uses cayenne pepper. The company also sells five other varieties (Green Pepper, Sweet Habanero, Chipotle, Chili Lime, and Chili Garlic) if you're ever interested in branching away from the stellar original recipe, too!

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Cheyenne Buckingham
Cheyenne Buckingham is the news editor of Eat This, Not That!, specializing in food and drink coverage, and breaking down the science behind the latest health studies and information. Read more
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