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Good Hot Sauce???

Does anyone know where I could get some good hot sauce but that won't break the bank???

We are having a Mexican theme J&J and we want to give out hot sauce. Not Tabasco. We need about 30 bottles.

If anyone could recommend a brand that would be great! I'm not much of a hot sauce fan, but FI insists that it must be Habanero.

Thanks for any replies


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  1. If you didn't need Habanero sauce, I'd suggest Bufalo brand Chipoltle sauce. It's around $1.29 at the No Frills on Carlaw, and was recently on sale.

    1. I'd say you venture down to Perola in Kensington Market and pick up some El Yucateco. They have a variety of flavours including a red habanero, green habanero andcaribbean habanero(although you might need to make a special request to get 30 bottles). They retail for under 3 bucks for a 120 mL bottle.


      247 Augusta Ave, Toronto, ON M5T, CA

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      1. re: Rudiger

        El Yucateco. Made in the Yucatan.

        I watched an episode of Rick Bayless and he visited the factory. Pretty cool.


        1. re: Davwud

          3rd El Yucateco for a good (and cheap) habanero sauce. CAN/US made habanero sauces just can't hold a candle to what you can get for 1/2 the price of a number of the MEX ones.

          1. re: Davwud

            Hit Perola's last weekend and bought the red and green El Yucateco (along with Tapatio). Always loved the heat of habanero sauces, but found the flavour foul. These sauces have great heat and a great peppery flavour (green is a touch hotter has a nice lingering burn - per the head to head on cracker taste test).

            Make it a 9th for E.Y. These sauces would be a value at double the $3.99 price for an 8 oz bottle.

        2. Habanero peppers make for the hottest of hot sauces, which I suspect is why your friend recommended it, but Scotch Bonnets (from the West Indies) are only slightly less powerful in the heat ratings, and still offer quite a kick. Which is why I invariably go for Matouk's hot sauce - Matouk's makes a number of Scotch Bonnet-based hot sauces, but the original orange-colored formula is my favorite. I get the small 10-ounce (300 ML) bottle at any West Indian or Jamaican market in Kensington Market. Costs $2.99 ordinarily, but if you're buying 30, you should be able to extract a considerable discount.

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          1. re: juno

            I like this sauce but it is not appropriate for a Mexican theme.

            4th vote for El Yucateco, no question! They are a favourite sauce in my half Mexican household (although to be fair I'm not sure we've met a Mexican hot sauce we don't like). They have 3 habanero sauces. The green one is spicier than the red one. They are both good. I haven't tried the xxxtra hot one because I don't care for sauces like that.

            For party favours Cholula might be neat because it has kind of a cool bottle with a wooden lid, however it's made with arbol and piquin chilies).

            1. re: basileater

              I love Cholula too, however it has gotten so expensive since it was "discovered":(

              1. re: basileater

                I 5th El Yucateco.

                It changed my life.

                my first one was the kutbil-il (ancient Mayan recepie). its the xxxhot one that Juno refers to, but I think its amazing... I am not a fan of pure heat, I like flavour in my hot sauces. This one although it is very spicy, it has a prominent flavour to it.

            2. Yes? Hi! We do lots of the hot sauce and the best one is the Pure Death from the Blairs. But if you are doing the mexicans then make sure to have the El Yucateco. It is the goodness for the mexican like you cant believe. But the favourite is still the Pure Death even for the Mexican.

              1. Try this place, Taste The 4th Sense. They have two locations, one on the Danforth and one in St Jacobs. A very impressive range of hot sauces and infused oils as well.


                375 Danforth Avenue
                Toronto, Ontario
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                Riverworks Emporium
                1440 King Street
                St. Jacobs, Ontario
                N0B 2N0

                1. The best selection is "Taste the 4th Sense" on Danforth.


                  Any big Asian supermarket has a great selection. It may be in my imagination but I find Asian supermarkets in a mixed ethnic area have a wider range in terms of caribbean, mexican etc sauces.

                  1. Whoever said Perola has the correct answer. Go there and tell them what you wrote here, or just browse the wall of dozens of brands and variations.

                    My recommendation would be extra hot Valentinas.

                    1. Melinda's Original Habanero Pepper Hot Sauce. I've been using it for years and it's not too hard to find. Good heat with a mild flavor that goes with lots of things.

                      1. Go WITH Tabasco, but use Chipotle Tabasco. It is milder than regular Tabasco, but has a wonderful smoked chipotle flavor.

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                        1. re: rmansfield

                          The brand I mentioned is a nice smokey chipoltle and it's "hecho in Mexico" but everyone talked about some other brand. At the price of the one I mentioned, it's perfect for giving out at a party and it's quite tasty. I use it on all sorts of stuff, (such as chickpeas with chipotle and lemon juice as a snack) I don't enjoy the really hot sauces and they cost much more.

                        2. This may not be so useful to you (although it might be, if anyone replies), but I used to love the hot sauces that Paris (Jungle Boy) would make and sell in Kensington Market. I heard that, sadly, Paris passed away a few years ago, but at the time I recall someone mentioning that his recipies had been preserved and may yet resurface.

                          If anyone has taken up the torch and started making these sauces again I would love to hear about it, because they were amazing. They weren't sauces like tabasco is a sauce, but were basically various types of pureed fruits, vegetables, and spices that tasted great and were definitely hot enough as well.

                          As a last resort, if anyone knows the sauces I'm talking about and has a recipe for making them (or sauces like them) I would love to try making it myself (I looked on the net a while ago for recipes that sounded the same but none of them were anywhere near as good).

                          1. A few years two young Mexican women enthusiastically scooped up a number of bottles of Valencia brand (mild and hot) sauce off the shelf at the St Clair/Alberta No Frills. They laughed at my curious stare and said, "Good!" I've been buying both strengths ever since—all downtown No Frills carry them. Tasty and slightly smoky in flavour. Hot enough to tickle your tongue without slapping it. Goes great with any bean-based dishes. Roughly 1.40$ a bottle.

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                            1. re: mrbozo

                              As mentioned above, go to Perola's and go crazy. El Yucateco Chipotle is my favourite and I really like Tapatio as well but get some others to try since they are cheap!

                              Rick Bayliss' "Frontera" sauces are more money but excellent. I like the Red Pepper, Jalapeno and Chipotle. They are cheapest at the Cheese Boutique and a bit more at Ho Foods and Pusateris.

                              1539 Avenue Rd, Toronto, ON M5M, CA

                              247 Augusta Ave, Toronto, ON M5T, CA

                              Cheese Boutique
                              45 Ripley Ave, Toronto, ON M6S, CA

                              1. re: sumdumgoy

                                My favourite hot sauce is from Belize: Marie Sharp's Habanero Pepper Sauce. I have the 'fiery hot' version. It's a great blend of the delicous flame of habaneros, with a nice amount of salt and sweet. Not sure where you can get it outside of Belize, though.

                                1. re: Yongeman

                                  I now keep a limited stock of hot sauces on hand. I used to be that guy who ate a scotch bonnet on a dare and experienced the ring of fire. I've mellowed somewhat with age. That's not to say I no longer appreciate the occasional capsaicin backdraft.

                                  Aside from the Valencias I always have Sriracha on hand. A while ago I finally finished a bottle of Guyanese hot sauce that had a warning orange-yellow radioactive glow: can't remember the brand Pick's or Rick's maybe. A Guyanese friend tasted it and gave it a thumbs up, saying that it reminded her of her mother's concoction back home. I also keep Trinidadian green seasoning on hand though I don't know if that is properly classified as a hot sauce.

                                  I love an organic peanut butter sandwich on whole wheat, laced with Sriracha.

                                  1. re: Yongeman

                                    Yongeman, I must say puh-lease
                                    I say Yongeman, it's too far to Belize
                                    I say Yongeman, we need new nominees
                                    That .. are ... not ... quite ... so... far away

                                    It's fun to stay inside Ontario
                                    It's fun to stay inside Ontario

                                      1. re: Paulustrious

                                        That was awesome. Just had a good laugh.

                                        1. re: Paulustrious

                                          Marie sharp's is sold ot a Middle Eastern shop at Yonge and Elgin Mills

                                        2. re: Yongeman

                                          I agree with Marie Sharp's, has a nice carrot component. Can be had at Taste the 4th Sense, but call first. Not the price Beergal is lookin' at, however.

                                    1. I always choose Grace's from Jamaica. It's much spicier than Tabasco, which I find as bland as ketchup. Widely available at most supermarkets, inexpensive, and it tastes great.

                                      1. Better late than never (right?).

                                        Local made Cooksville Hot Sauce is excellent. They make a variety of styles including Scotch Bonnet (~ Habanero), but the Original Red is our favorite. Hot, flavorful, and great in cooking or straight up, even on crackers - really.


                                        1. Valentina salsa picante is THE classic Mexican hot sauce. I get it at La Tortilleria in Kensington. More peppery than heat.
                                          Chris Schlesinger's (East Coat Grille, Cambridge MA) is still my favourite for intense flavour and heat. I don't know if you can still buy it, but here's a link to make it (I haven't tried this recipe). http://cooking.netrelief.com/recipes/...
                                          Here's a ChowHound link: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/490113

                                          1. As long as we're reviving this thread... I vote for the homemade hot sauce from the Old York on Niagara St. It's greenish and a little smoky. You can buy a jar to take home.

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                                            1. re: piccola

                                              They don't yet sell it by the jar but the hot sauce at White Squirrel Snack Shop is phenomenal.


                                              1. re: piccola

                                                I'll have to give that a try. I really liked the hot sauce at Hey Meatball when I was there a few months ago. They said that they weren't selling it at the time since they were running low, but the guy indicated that they might sell it just after they've made a fresh batch. I've never checked back to see, though.

                                                Also, Pizzeria Libretto has an absolutely delicious roasted chili oil that they also don't sell for some inexplicable reason...it's not really that "hot" per se (or really hot at all), but it's nonetheless a great topping for lots of stuff.

                                              2. Pepper Palace, with many US locations, has opened a store in the Fallsview Casino Shopping Mall. Many hot sauces and other heat related products.

                                                Haven't been yet, but thought Niagara residents and visitors may be interested.

                                                1. OK, hang onto your soon to be flamed out taste buds !

                                                  Que Hong (the banh mi place on Steeles) is selling 250ml jars of a hot garlic chili oil called Hau Giang. Kinda like the Swatows chili oil, but with roasted garlic added, flaming hot, and delicious.

                                                  Never seen it there before, but get it if you can. Nobel Prize winning hot chili oil.