One of Calvin’s favorites
Another sauce from First We Feast and Hot Ones, Los Calientes hot sauce is a sweet, complex sauce with lots of flavor. It is extremely versatile, and has a medium kick of spiciness. Perfect as an everyday sauce.
A smokey, tropical blend of flavors makes this one of our go-to hot sauces. The only problem is that we go through it too fast.
In this article, I’ll share a Los Calientes hot sauce review, with an overall score and Pepper Geek rating.
Looking for the Los Calientes Rojo Edition? Read Our Review Here!
- Sweet and tangy with noticeable citrus flavors
- An overall tropical vibe
- Smoky with average heat
Put It On…
- Grilled chicken
- Eggs (one of our favorites on eggs)
Is Los Calientes Hot Sauce Any Good?
Oh yeah, it’s good. This sauce is one of our absolute favorites for almost any application. The attention to detail in the ingredient list is excellent, with applewood smoked serrano, and a touch of cumin and lemon juice to round things out. This sauce is perfect for dousing your pizza, or for spicing up a morning omelet.
Tip: This sauce works great as a green sauce for homemade tacos, though it may be a bit too spicy for some. Start small and see how you handle the heat before going all in.
Los Calientes Scoville Rating (How Spicy?)
Los Calientes hot sauce comes in around a claimed 36,000 Scoville units, making the heat level perfect for everyday use. It adds a noticeable spice to your food, but won’t be overwhelming, even in large amounts.
I find that I can add tablespoons of this stuff to most meals without reaching for a glass of milk. Los Calientes has a great balance of heat and flavor.
How Much Does Los Calientes Cost?
At the time of writing, Los Calientes costs $12 plus shipping on Heatonist. You can also order a 3-pack on Amazon with free shipping for ~$40. It is sold on Amazon by Heatonist, so you can trust that it’s the real deal.
Los Calientes Consistency
Los Calientes hot sauce has a pretty thin consistency, though it does have lots of seeds and some visible herbs suspended in the sauce. This texture makes it a bit too easy to overuse the sauce, but the spice level isn’t high enough for this to be an issue.
The sauce works for dipping or pouring, and we have even worked it into sandwiches as a spread. The spout is pretty large, so you’ll have to be careful not to over-pour!
Is Los Calientes Worth It?
Los Calientes is absolutely worth trying. We wish that it came in a larger bottle size for a little bit cheaper, but it is a great addition to the refrigerator. It can go quickly, but it’s worth a try if you’re looking to add some new, smoky flavor to your hot sauce collection.
In more recent episodes of Hot Ones, the newer versions of Los Calientes have been featured in the hot sauce lineup. Los Calientes Rojo quickly became our favorite of them all. Read our full review and taste test of the sauce now!
Los Calientes has now stood the test of time, holding one of our top-reviewed hot sauces for years. Enjoy!
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