Best Chilli No. 5 Tapas Sauces

Bottle of Chilli No. 5 Heavenly Harissa sauce on a black surface alongside its ingredients and its box against a black background.

Heavenly Harissa – Harissa Style Hot Sauce


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Fiery Gazpacho – Classic Hot Pepper Sauce


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Sriracha Cha-Cha-Cha - Healthy Sriracha in Glass Bottle

Sriracha Cha-Cha-Cha – Healthy Sriracha in Glass Bottle


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Tapas is a popular Spanish cuisine that is now enjoyed globally. From the simple to the sublime, these small plates of food are served family style and are ideal when enjoyed with a chilled glass of wine or beer gathered around a communal table with friends and family. Elevate these tasty, Spanish-inspired small plates to new heights of deliciousness with a selection of gourmet hot sauces for tapas. If you’re looking for the best hot sauce for tapas, then read on. From mild to extra hot, we’ve got you covered!

What are some great hot sauces for tapas?

Chilli No. 5 offers a superb selection of gourmet sauces that are ideal for adding a burst of heat and added flavour to a wide range of tapas dishes. All our hot sauces for tapas are made with the finest ingredients and superfoods, and we never use any un-healthy or unnatural preservatives or food colourings.

Some delicious hot sauces to try with tapas include:

Heavenly Harissa Hot Sauce

Bottle of Chilli No. 5 Heavenly Harissa sauce on a black surface alongside its ingredients and its box against a black background.

Our medium-heat Heavenly Harissa Hot Sauce is filled with hot smoked paprika, sundried tomatoes, authentic roasted red peppers, garlic, and our exclusive chilli mix for a burst of heat. This Great Taste award-winning tapas hot sauce pairs wonderfully with a wide range of meat and vegetable-based tapas. Use it as a marinade, add to sauces, or simply as a lip-smacking condiment.

Sriracha Cha-Cha-Cha

Chilli No. 5 Sriracha-Cha-Cha-Cha sauce on a wooden surface outdoors alongside peppers, truffles, and mushrooms.

Our versatile Great Taste award-winning Sriracha Cha-Cha-Cha tapas hot sauce is filled with tangy sweet garlic flavours, juicy tomatoes, fresh ginger, apple cider vinegar, and our exclusive chilli mix. It’s fabulous when incorporated into a patatas bravas recipe, drizzled onto hot meat tapas dishes, or served as a hot and spicy dipping sauce.

Fiery Gazpacho Classic Spicy Tomato Sauce

Bottle of Chilli No. 5 Fiery Gazpacho sauce on a black surface alongside its box, a chilli pepper, tomato, and watermelon

Our mouthwatering Fiery Gazpacho tapas hot sauce is a classic yet refreshing tomato sauce with a medium-heat that is ideal for pairing with a wide range of tapas dishes, especially fish dishes like sardines and oysters. It’s ideal for adding to tapas sauces for an extra burst of heat and flavour or drizzling over carpaccio. Filled with red peppers, juicy tomatoes, onion, paprika, and garlic, along with our exclusive chilli mix, our Fiery Gazpacho is the ultimate spicy tapas sauce.

Pure Chilli No. 5

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Chilli No. 5 – Healthy Hot Vegan Sauce – Pure Chilli No. 5 Limited Edition

For those who want to add incredible heat levels to their tapas dishes, try our Pure Chilli No. 5, our hottest hot sauce! This hot sauce is ideal for drizzling over all your favourite tapas dishes – just use it sparingly! It’s filled with ultra-hot chilli peppers, including Carolina Reaper, Scorpion, and Ghost chillis along with black and white garlic, ginger, apple cider vinegar, and hint of lemon and lime.

Pizza Pizzaz Chilli Oil

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Our highly popular Pizza Pizzaz Chilli Oil is an incredibly versatile hot sauce that pairs wonderfully with a range of Spanish tapas dishes. We originally made it as a pizza sauce, but it’s so much more versatile than this! It’s our only oil-based hot sauce and is wonderful when drizzled over finished dishes, adding a burst of heat. It’s made using only the finest extra virgin olive oil infused with garlic, rosemary, thyme, and our exclusive blend of the finest chilli peppers.

Where can I buy the best tapas hot sauces?

You can buy hot sauce for tapas from multiple online and in-store retailers, including:

  • From high-street supermarkets, such as Waitrose, Marks & Spencer Food, Tesco, and Sainsbury’s, from gourmet delicatessens, and local farmers markets where you’ll likely find artisanal style hot sauces that pair beautifully with both cold and hot tapas dishes.
  • From online retailers, including Amazon, Ocado, and Etsy.
  • From gourmet hot sauce purveyors like Chilli No. 5. We sell our award-winning chilli hot sauces and chilli flakes from our online retail store, Amazon, and Etsy. You can also find our gourmet hot sauces in Fortnum & Mason and Harrod’s Food Hall.

All of Chilli No. 5’s delicious hot sauces for tapas are made fresh in the UK and come beautifully packaged in an elegant glass bottle or pouch. We offer free delivery to the UK and Europe Z1 on orders over £40 and can even include a handwritten note. Discover the sauce of life and elevate your tapas with our range of delicious, healthy hot sauces. 

Tapas hot sauce: FAQs

What is tapas?

Tapas is a type of Spanish cuisine and refers to small plates of food that are served hot or cold in bars and restaurants throughout Spain. They can form part of a snack or can encompass a full meal. Every region of Spain has its traditional tapa dish, which forms a significant part of Spanish life and culture. For example, in the Basque Country, tapas is known as pintxos and is a very specific type of tapas that is served on a small slice of bread and held in place by a toothpick. Today, tapas is a central part of the Spanish diet, and you’ll find tapas bars across Spain, offering a wonderful selection of delicious tapas dishes to enjoy.

Assortment of small Spanish tapas on a wooden table alongside two cocktails

What’s the history of Spanish tapas?

The precise origin of Spanish tapas is unclear. Some historians point to King Alfonso X of Castille (1221-1284), who ate small dishes with wine between meals following an illness. After regaining his health, reports state that he ordered no tavernas to serve wine unless it was accompanied by a small snack or tapa. Other historians point to the word ‘tapa’, which means ‘lid’, and comes from the verb tapera, which means ‘to cover’. Barkeepers used to cover their customers’ drinks with a small slice of bread, cheese, or ham to stop flies and dust from entering. While tapas has its origins as a small plate of food or snack enjoyed with a drink often before a main meal, today tapas’ popularity means that often an entire tapas meal can be enjoyed, with multiple small plates shared amongst the table family style. This makes for a highly sociable meal with diners enjoying a range of tasty dishes.

What are some popular types of Spanish tapas?

There are hundreds of Spanish tapas dishes, from simple olives to complex dishes packed with flavour. Some popular types of Spanish dishes include:

  • Patatas Bravas: Olive oil fried potatoes served with a spicy tomato sauce or aioli.
  • Tortilla Española: A Spanish omelette made with eggs, potatoes, and onions.
  • Gambas al Ajillo: Shrimp cooked in garlic and olive oil.
  • Jamón Ibérico: Thinly sliced Iberian ham, often served with bread.
  • Pimientos de Padrón: Small green peppers, typically fried and sprinkled with sea salt.
  • Albóndigas: Meatballs, usually served in a tomato sauce.
  • Chorizo a la Sidra: Spanish sausage cooked in cider.
  • Aceitunas: Olives, often marinated in herbs and spices.
  • Calamares a la Romana: Fried calamari rings.
  • Croquetas: Croquettes, typically filled with ham, cheese, or seafood.
  • Cheese: Local cheeses such as manchego, Roncal, Mahon, and Majorero are a popular Spanish tapas dish, often served with olives and freshly baked bread.
  • Pan Tumaca: Freshly made bread covered in tomato sauce, with a touch of garlic and salt, and drizzled with olive oil. Sometimes, the bread is topped with cured meats.
  • Huevos Rotos: Fried eggs with a runny yolk served over a bed of fried potatoes and ham.
  • Cuttlefish: Delicious grilled cuttlefish served with a fresh garlic aioli sauce and mayonnaise.
  • Paella: A popular tapas dish from the Valencia region featuring fragrant rice with vegetables, meats, and seafood.
  • Octopus: Grilled octopus served with smoked paprika, drizzled with olive oil and a dash of lemon juice.
Spanish patatas bravas in a white bowl on a white plate on a table with forks and other tableware
Patatas Bravas

Should I add spicy sauce to my tapas dishes?

Yes, spicy sauce is a wonderful way to add extra depth of flavour and heat to a wide range of Spanish dishes. When preparing tapas, a great way is to serve the tapas with a wide range of gourmet hot sauces, giving everyone at the dinner table lots of ways to add flavour to their meal. Check out our gourmet hot sauce gift sets, such as our Passport Piccante gift set or our Dining Collection gift sets. Both offer a wonderful selection of gourmet, healthy hot sauces to experiment with when enjoying Spanish tapas.

What is Spanish bravas sauce?

Spanish bravas sauce, or salsa brava, is a popular Spanish hot sauce that originates from Madrid. This delicious sauce is typically used in patatas bravas when it is poured over freshly fried hot potatoes; however, its popularity sees it used in a wide range of dishes. Drizzle this piquant condiment on grilled meats, veggies, and fish.

Spanish tapas: Patatas bravas sauce recipe

Patatas bravas sauce can easily be made at home with a few simple ingredients, including smoked paprika, extra virgin olive oil, garlic cloves, tomato paste or fresh diced tomatoes, crushed pepper flakes, sherry vinegar or red wine vinegar, cornstarch, cayenne pepper, and vegetable broth.

Cook the garlic cloves in the olive oil to infuse the oil with flavour, then gently remove the garlic and discard. Add the fresh diced tomatoes or tomato paste, smoked paprika, pepper flakes, and cayenne pepper and gently cook, whisking gently. Slowly add the vegetable broth until it is incorporated, and the sauce becomes smooth and creamy. Add the sherry vinegar or red wine vinegar, remove from the heat, and drizzle over traditional patatas bravas, your favourite tapas dishes, French fries, smoked meats, fish, or grilled veggies, or use it as a lip-smacking dipping sauce. This flavourful sauce offers a myriad of uses. 

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