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7 Underrated Condiments That Should Always Be in Your Pantry

The right condiments can make a world of difference when you're cooking at home.

Sure, you probably have a jar of mayo and a container of ketchup in your fridge, along with a fully stocked spice cabinet. But do you have, say, more than one type of mustard? Or various salad dressings for when the mood strikes?

Packaged condiments can take any dish to the next level if used correctly. Whether you're making a savory breakfast toast with a sweet spread or you're perfecting a homemade burger with "secret sauce," don't overlook the power of lesser-used, underrated condiments. Give these a try the next time you're at the grocery store!

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Yellow Sriracha

bottle of three mountains yellow sriracha

Sure, you know about Huy Fong Foods' iconic red sriracha. But did you know that there are green and yellow varieties of the hot sauce, too? If you like hot sauce that's on the sweeter side, give yellow sriracha a try. It's great on poultry, fried rice, eggs, and more.

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Secret Sauce

bottle of hidden valley secret sauce

Secret sauce is more than just a gimmick you'll find at your favorite fast-food chain. And it's not just a combination of ketchup and ranch, either! Whether you want a more relish-based secret sauce, like the one from Trader Joe's, or one that more closely resembles ranch, like Hidden Valley's offerings, this is one handy condiment to keep in your arsenal. It makes everything from roasted potatoes to fresh-cut veggies to homemade burgers better.


Habanero Ranch

bottle of tessemaes habanero ranch

Whether you want to add a bit of spice to your afternoon carrot routine or you want to make those jalapeño poppers even spicier, you can't go wrong with habanero ranch. (I personally love Tessemae's habanero ranch, paired with a slice of Costco pizza.)

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Grainy Mustard

mustard grains in wooden spoon

All mustard is not created equal. If the only type of mustard in your fridge is brown mustard or worse, yellow mustard, your sandwiches are missing out. Grainy mustard's texture adds a delicious kick to roast beef sandwiches, and it even works as a marinade for baked chicken thighs.


Tabasco Green Sauce

bottles of red and green tabasco sauce
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Just like sriracha, red isn't the only type of Tabasco sauce. Green Tabasco has a more mild flavor than its red counterpart, and it's perfect for topping Mexican food like burritos or tacos.


Trader Joe's Cookie & Cocoa Swirl

nutella in white bowl

Trader Joe's original speculoos cookie butter gets plenty of attention, as does name-brand Nutella. But this cocoa-speculoos hybrid from TJ's is in a league of its own. It's less cloyingly sweet than Nutella, making it the perfect choice for a slice of toast topped with fruit.


Chick-fil-A Polynesian Sauce

bottle of chick-fil-a polynesian sauce

Chick-fil-A sells bottled sauces now. And while you can't go wrong with the classic Chick-fil-A sauce, don't overlook the Polynesian option. Kids of all ages will love dipping homemade chicken tenders in this sauce at home.

Meghan De Maria
Meghan De Maria is a senior editor at Eat This, Not That!, specializing in food, product, and restaurant coverage. Read more about Meghan
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