When you’re raised on the East Coast – steeped in salty weather, butter and chicken fricot – spice that surpasses the heat of black pepper is hard find. That being said, this New Brunswick transplant loves hot sauce.
Hot peppers not only add depth to flavour, but instigate a thermogenic reaction in the body, cooling you down on a hot day, and keeping your metabolism running in any climate. It certainly took some time to work my tolerance up to a respectable level on the Scoville scale, and in the end I’m grateful.
Thanks to our warm growing season, we have some delicious hot sauces to celebrate here in Ontario. Here are our favourite Ontario Hot Sauces to spice up your holiday season!
No.7 Mexican Hot Sauce
No. 7 Mexican Hot Sauce
is prolific here in Toronto, boasting over 15 flavours of heartfully crafted sauces. Its makers are Sandra and Carlos Flores, a husband and wife team blending a Mexican tradition of complex and delicious flavours into each bottle.
Heartbeat Hot Sauce
Thunder Bay, ON
We’ve got a lot of love for Northern Ontario’s food ventures and Thunder Bay will make your heart skip a beat with their Heartbeat Hot Sauce
. With thanks to local greenhouses, this company can focus on utilizing local ingredients for their habanero hot sauces year round. Pick up a bottle at Sanagan’s Meat Locker
Meow! That’s Hot.
Feline focused puns and tangy flavours, this Ottawa brand is bringing the heat. We love that this hot sauce is bringing local charm and ingredients to the Ontario food experience. When letting the cat out of the bottle
, it’s really no secret that these flavours will bring a sweat to your brow.
Papa D’s Hot Sawce
Coming out of Windsor, this brand uses both sweet and spicy Ontario ingredients that mandates bold flavour. Spice up your proteins or waffle and chicken breakfast with Papa D’s
Spicy Chili Okazu by Abokichi
Not your conventional hot sauce, Spicy Chili OKAZU is an umami-rich chili, miso, and sesame oil based condiment often eaten with rice in Japan, which can also be used to top chicken, burgers, fish, eggs, potatoes . . . you name it. This spicy chili is the stuff of magic that is also conveniently available at Sanagan’s Meat Locker