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The Best Snacks to Enjoy with Hot Sauce

The Best Snacks to Enjoy with Hot Sauce

Hot sauce is a versatile condiment and if we're being honest, it can add flavor and heat to just about any dish. Apart from that, you can also find them anywhere from super mild to burn your face off spicy. There are so many different types of hot sauces available on the market.

But sometimes, you don't want to cook an elaborate dish just to enjoy your favorite hot sauce.

Which is why we want to talk about some of the best snacks to enjoy with your hot sauce. Whether you are looking for a quick snack or something to munch on while watching your favorite show, these options are sure to satisfy your cravings!

The Best Snacks to Pair with Hot Sauce


Chicken Tenders & Nuggets

Who doesn't love some fried chicken? The golden and crispy exterior of chicken tenders and nuggets provides the perfect canvas for the application of hot sauce. Buffalo-style hot sauces are synonymous with chicken for a reason... their buttery textures and spicy profiles enhance the savory nature of the meat.

For those who prefer a smokier flavor, a chipotle hot sauce can add depth without overwhelming the mild taste of the chicken.

deviled eggs with hot sauce on them


The mild flavor of eggs acts as a blank slate for hot sauce, allowing the spiciness to take center stage. Whether you're scrambling, frying, or making some deviled eggs, a couple of dashes of hot sauce can turn a simple breakfast or snack into a fiesta of flavors.

If you want some recommendations, make sure to check out this list of the best hot sauces for eggs.

Nuts & Seeds

For those who prefer a crunchier snack, nuts and seeds are the perfect accompaniment to hot sauce. The nutty flavors and textures balance out the spiciness of the sauce, creating a well-rounded flavor profile.

Whether you're snacking on peanuts, almonds, or sunflower seeds, try sprinkling some hot sauce on top for an unexpected burst of flavor.

popcorn with hot sauce


Popcorn is a classic movie snack, but it can also be an excellent vehicle for hot sauce. The light and fluffy texture of popcorn helps to distribute the hot sauce evenly, making sure that every bite packs a punch.

Drizzling your popcorn with a hot sauce or creating a hot sauce-infused butter can give your popcorn a zesty punch that's perfect for movie nights.

Chips & Crackers

Nothing quite complements the thin, salty profile of chips like the punch of hot sauce. You can opt for plain potato chips with a cayenne pepper hot sauce for a classic, or indulge in the bold flavors of BBQ chips enhanced with a smoked hot sauce.

hot sauce for hot cheetos snack

Tortilla chips, meanwhile, offer a sturdier texture that pairs well with thicker, chunkier hot sauces such as salsas or pico de gallo.

And for those looking for something more bold, Mikey V's Hot Chip Sauce is a hot sauce made for Hot Cheetos!


Similar to chips, the crispy, toasted character of tostadas provides a satisfying crunch.

Topped usually with beans, meat and cheese, hot sauce can add an extra layer of flavor. You can also find that lettuce, tomatoes, salsa and avocado on them as well.

The combination of flavors and textures make tostadas a perfect snack for any hot sauce lover.

Mac 'N' Cheese

The creamy and cheesy nature of mac 'n' cheese is a delightful contrast to the fiery nature of hot sauce. The heat from the sauce cuts through the richness of the dish, creating a well-balanced and flavorful bite.

Personally, we love adding Texas Ex's Hot Sauce to ours, but with so many unique hot sauces you can really experiment with all different kinds of flavors to find your perfect mac 'n' cheese!


Surprisingly, hot sauce can also be paired with fruits like mango, pineapple, or watermelon. The sweetness of the fruits provides a reprieve from the heat, and the combination can truly excite the palate.

There are over 2,000 different types of fruits in the world though... so you can definitely experiment with your favorite fruits and hot sauces to find the perfect combination for your taste buds!

But if you want a specific guide on what fruits go well with hot sauce, we've got you covered. Make sure to check it out.

chamoy fruit with hot sauce

Ice Cream

While unconventional, ice cream and hot sauce can actually make for a delicious pairing. The coldness of the ice cream provides a balance to the heat of the hot sauce, creating an interesting contrast of temperatures in your mouth.

If you're feeling adventurous, try drizzling some hot sauce on top of your favorite scoop and see how it transforms the flavor. Trust us when we say, don't knock it until you've tried it!

And if you're still not convinced, you can check out this guide on hot sauce and ice cream to get some inspiration.


Hummus is a creamy and savory dip that can be paired with chips, crackers, or veggies. But adding some hot sauce to the mix can elevate its flavor profile to new heights. The spicy kick of the hot sauce blends well with the earthy flavors of chickpeas and tahini, creating a unique and addictive dip.

Plus, hummus is a healthier snack option, making it a guilt-free way to enjoy hot sauce. If you want to make your own hummus that pairs well with your favorite hot sauce, here is a good recipe for you.

Popular Hot Sauces for Snacks

There are countless hot sauces out there, each with its own unique flavor profile and heat level. But with that being said, we want to share some popular hot sauce brands and hot sauces that we think pair well with most snacks:

  • Crack of Don: A flavorful hot sauce made with yellow fatalii peppers and crushed pineapple for an explosive taste that is perfect for snacks.

  • Tabasco: A classic Louisiana-style hot sauce made from tabasco peppers. It offers a good balance of heat and tanginess.

  • Cholula: Made with arbol and piquin peppers, Cholula has a milder heat level and adds a tangy, smoky flavor to snacks.

  • Mikey V's Zing: A mild yet flavorful hot sauce that can go on just about anything!

  • Frank's RedHot: Made from cayenne peppers, this hot sauce delivers a moderate level of heat and is often used in buffalo wings.

  • Valentina: A Mexican-style hot sauce made from chile peppers, salt, vinegar, and spices. It has a tangy and slightly smoky flavor with a medium heat level.

  • Sweet Ghost Pepper: A multi award winning hot sauce, Sweet Ghost Pepper is full of flavor and heat! Made with none other than bhut jolokia ghost peppers.

sweet ghost pepper hot sauce for snacks

What Are You Going to Put Hot Sauce On?

Pairing hot sauce with snacks is more than just a way to add a kick to your food. It's also a way to elevate the flavors and create a unique snacking experience that you won't find anywhere else.

Whether you're looking for something spicy, tangy, or sweet, there is a hot sauce out there that will complement your snack of choice perfectly. Experiment with different combinations, and don't be afraid to think outside the box. After all, the pleasure of snacking is found not just in the food itself but also in the stories and experiences created around it.

If you have some snack ideas that pair well with hot sauce, let us know in the comments below! We're always on the lookout for new and delicious combinations.

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