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Hot and spicy chilli sauces have added depth of flavour and heat to dishes for centuries. Throughout history, people have been utilising chillies for just about everything, including as a medicinal remedy and even in warfare. Indeed, it is thought that the use of the humble chilli dates to 7,000 BC, when the Aztecs combined chilli peppers with water to make a hot and fiery paste to flavour their food. Reports state that the first commercially available hot sauce was in 1807 in Massachusetts, US, with thousands of hot sauces now available worldwide. 

Read on for our guide and learn everything you need to know about chilli sauce, from how to store it, what to cook, and the hottest hot sauce in the world!

Hot sauce guide 


Is hot sauce good for you?

The answer to this question is yes! Chilli sauce boasts myriad health benefits thanks to the active chemical compound capsaicin found in all chilli peppers. Not only does capsaicin give chillies their spick kick, but this incredible ingredient can help minimise pain, reduce blood pressure, help treat various skin conditions, relieve headaches, and aid weight management by speeding up your metabolism.

 At Chilli No. 5, we like to give our luxury hot sauces even more health benefits by infusing all our hot sauces with an incredible selection of good-for-you superfoods and our handpicked selection of six health supplements. We like to call it chilli saucery! 

What is the Scoville Scale?

The Scoville Scale measures the spiciness or heat of chilli peppers in units known as Scoville Heat Units. The scale measures the amount of capsaicin – the compound that gives chillies their heat – in each chilli pepper. The higher the Scoville rating, the hotter the chilli! 

What’s the hottest chilli sauce in the world?

The hottest chilli sauce will be made from the Carolina Reaper chilli – which measures just over 2 million on the Scoville Heat Scale – 400 times spicier than a Jalapeno, which has an average Scoville rating of around 2,500 to 5,000 SHU. As the hottest chilli in the world, the Carolina Reaper packs incredible heat. 

Our hot and spicy Chilli No. 5 Flakes are made with crushed Carolina Reaper chillies for those seeking something hot and fiery. Be warned though; you’ll want to use these sparingly! 

Is hot sauce vegan?

Most chilli sauces are vegan; however, some may include animal-derived products, such as honey and eggs. If you follow a vegan diet, you should check the labelling carefully. 

All Chilli No. 5’s healthy hot sauces are vegan and free from flavourings and colourings. We use only the finest handpicked ingredients in all our luxury hot sauces, giving our customers complete peace of mind that they are buying a high-quality, healthy product.

Does hot sauce need to be refrigerated?  

Most hot sauces do not need to be refrigerated; however, refrigerating hot sauce may help make it last longer, especially if you plan on leaving it open for longer than a couple of months. All our Chilli No. 5 bottles come with a best-before date, and we recommend keeping them in the fridge to help maintain their freshness for as long as possible (although they are so delicious, they are unlikely to linger in the fridge for too long!)

 What to make with hot sauce?

What to make with chilli sauce is limited only by your imagination! The right chilli sauce can be paired with just about any cuisine – we even love it in desserts and cocktails! Hot sauces are often used to add depth of flavour to soups and stews, for marinating meats, and as a lip-smacking dipping sauce. Our collection of 13 hot sauces and multiple limited edition healthy hot sauces means that we have the right sauce no matter what type of cuisine you want to spice up.

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 How is hot sauce made?

Every chilli sauce boasts its own secret recipe; however, common ingredients include apple cider vinegar, sugar, tomatoes, garlic, salt, pepper, and chillies of course! The ingredients are typically blended, slow cooked, cooled, and bottled. Chilli No. 5 uses only the finest ingredients in all our chilli sauces, including a minimum of 10 superfoods in each of our healthy hot sauces. 

Is hot sauce good for weight loss?

Yes, chilli sauce can reportedly help with weight loss. It’s all thanks to capsaicin, the active ingredient found in all chillies, which can help speed up your metabolism and therefore help you burn calories quicker. Our hot sauces boast a range of foods that increase metabolism, making them a great addition to a healthy diet.

 How to get chilli sauce stains out of clothes?

It happens to the best of us, and often on a lovely new top too! But worry not, if you are wondering how to get a chilli sauce stain out of clothes, we have the answer for you here. 

Immediately rinse the area with cold water to remove as much hot sauce as possible. If you have one handy, treat the chilli sauce stain with a stain remover, leaving it to soak for about an hour or as directed, then launder as soon as possible. 

The good news is that because our healthy hot sauces are all-natural and don’t include artificial food colourings, an accidental splatter of Chilli No. 5 on your favourite top is unlikely to leave a permanent stain – phew! 

Can dogs eat hot sauce?

As tempting as it may be to spice up your four-legged friend’s dinner, chilli sauce can lead to long-term health problems for dogs. We recommend that Chilli No 5 be strictly reserved for the human dinner table.  

 Where to buy hot sauce?

You can buy chilli sauce just about everywhere, at local supermarkets, speciality food stores, and local farmers markets. But, the best chilli sauces can be found at Chilli No. 5! Browse our healthy hot sauce shop and peruse an incredible collection of gourmet chilli sauces, flakes, and oils to add pizzaz to just about any dish.

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