HOME > Chowhound > Home Cooking >

Looking for habanero sauce (ala new McD sauce)

chow_rk Feb 20, 2014 01:40 AM

I like that new habanero sauce that McD has now...if you've tried it, looking for something like that or else your favorite habanero sauce recipe.


  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. m
    Miley RE: chow_rk Feb 20, 2014 05:10 AM

    My favorite remains habanero pepper, you just need water, rice vinegar ,sugar ,garlic , habanero peppers ,ground ginger and ketchup.

    1. EricMM RE: chow_rk Feb 20, 2014 08:36 AM

      I make my hot sauce from bhut jolokia or Trinidad moruga...well, not this year...the family complains too much when I make it. As for the habanero sauce, never had the McD's version, but I really like the Trader Joe's habanero sauce. Nice and thick, and less vinegary than other hot sauces. Hate that vinegar...kills the taste of the pepper.

      3 Replies
      1. re: EricMM
        Veggo RE: EricMM Feb 20, 2014 10:15 AM

        A good habanero sauce with no vinegar is the El Yucateco line.

        1. re: Veggo
          davmar77 RE: Veggo Feb 24, 2014 12:56 PM

          my favorite store bought hab sauce is chili beer hot sauce. it went under the name cave creek hot sauce years ago. no vinegar and very fresh tasting.


        2. re: EricMM
          chow_rk RE: EricMM Feb 20, 2014 04:49 PM

          will give TJ's a try..thnx

        3. hotoynoodle RE: chow_rk Feb 20, 2014 10:08 AM


          holy crap. it's the 19th ingredient in a list of over 25.

          what's the consistency? is it like mayo or more like ketchup?

          1 Reply
          1. re: hotoynoodle
            jjjrfoodie RE: hotoynoodle Feb 20, 2014 11:04 AM

            what's the consistency? is it like mayo or more like ketchup?

            More like mayo to me , but really a hybrid. Light to medium orange tinge.

            Or as others say, like buttermilk ranch dressing with a hint of habanero oil.




            theimpulsivebuy folks are not only hillarious but they and thier readers are usually spot-on re:food.

          2. justlauralibrarian RE: chow_rk Feb 20, 2014 10:54 AM

            Despite not having eaten at McDonald's in years, I will confess that when I had McNuggets few weeks ago I also liked the habanero sauce. Based on the ingredient list posted by hotoynoddle I'm going to wager that you could jazz up a buttermilk ranch recipe to get a similar flavor. I might start with this recipe: http://www.closetcooking.com/2012/06/...

            Add habanero pepper instead of jalapeno, leave out the cilantro, and use vinegar for the lime. Also make sure to add some chili powder, cayenne powder, and/or paprika to give it that slightly pinkish hue. And if you are truly dedicated to copycat-ing the McD recipe, use onion powder and garlic powder instead of the fresh.

            1 Reply
            1. re: justlauralibrarian
              chow_rk RE: justlauralibrarian Feb 20, 2014 04:47 PM

              hmm..wont buttermilk kill the heat? but an interesting idea for a different kind of sauce.. will try ...thx

            2. BobB RE: chow_rk Feb 21, 2014 01:50 PM

              The tastiest I've found are El Yucateco and Melinda's. Melinda's come in four heat levels, all with the same flavor profile. My everyday sauce is Melinda's XXXtra Hot.

              Not sure how their flavors compare to McD's though, I haven't set foot in one in years.

              1. j
                jjjrfoodie RE: chow_rk Feb 24, 2014 12:17 PM

                I took one for the Chow Home cooking team yesterday and picked up a couple of small dips of the Habanero Ranch at my local McD's.

                It was the only Habanero sauce they carried in the dip tubs for the nuggets and I;m gonna guess what they use in the wraps and on the burgers. Except the sandwich sauce comes in one gallon or 1/2 gallon tubs.

                I tasted ranch dressing, traditional taco meat style seasoning, a tinge of vinegar and heat.

                After tasting plain throughout the day, I took a stab at mixing some Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing with a bit by bit mix of taco seasoning ( kopykat make your own Old El Paso taste-alike is what I use), a dash of Louisiana Brand hot sauce for vinegar and heat, some paprika for color and tang, and some ground cayenne for heat. All a little at a time and then adjust.

                Stir. Let it sit, then came back.

                95% if not more on point.

                Aside from the heat, which I;m gonna guess is both cayenne powder and habanero extract, the McD's sauce really just tastes like ranch dressing with a hint of taco seasoning to me.

                Both are tastes that are very popular with the public and harken back to flavors most have had as kids.

                The heat is pretty up front, so that can be duplicated in many ways.

                The current Habenaro Mc D's sauce is the orange tinge color of Kraft French dresssing, but with flecks of red and black, which is obviously dried herbs and seasonings.

                I;m not a big Ranch Dressing fan, but hey, it was not like I bathed in it. Ewwwwww... LOLZ.

                Doesn;t seem like anything to hard to bang out at home to replicate. Or at least to me.

                Good luck.

                1. g
                  GH1618 RE: chow_rk Feb 24, 2014 01:13 PM


                  Show Hidden Posts