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Is Hot Sauce Vegan?

by Fabian Jackson

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Do you like to give your meals an extra kick but wondering if hot sauce is a vegan-friendly way to do it? Keep reading to find out all you need to know.

What really is hot sauce? 

Hot sauce is a spice-lover’s favourite condiment. It generally has a base made from various chilli peppers and can include a number of other ingredients depending on how spicy, sweet, sour, flavourful it needs to be.

hot sauce

Chilli peppers have some six thousand year history in food within Central and South America, but the first hot sauce that was mass-produced appeared on sale in 1807 in Massachusetts. 

Is hot sauce vegan?

Yes, all you heat-lovers on a plant-based diet will be happy to hear that hot sauce is generally vegan-friendly. It’s always worth reading ingredients labels when trying a new bottle, but the core ingredients of most hot sauces are different types of chilli peppers, often some sugar and salt, maybe some vinegar and garlic.

chilli flakes

The biggest exception to this is buffalo hot sauce which usually contains butter or milk, so make sure they’ve used vegan alternatives if that’s your jam.

Which hot sauces are vegan-friendly? 

Want to know our favourite vegan hot sauce recommendations? Check out this guide next for all you need to know.

Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below and keep your plant-based questions coming our way!

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Fabian Jackson
by Fabian Jackson

Fabian is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants who loves writing almost as much as he loves coffee, old episodes of Escape to the Country (no judgement here), and cooking up a storm in his kitchen.

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