Chile-heads don’t wait for taco night to bust out their collection of hot sauces. True heat-seekers slather fiery condiments on scrambled eggs, a hunk of cheese, a bowl of ramen, a plate of fries or just about anything.
For those who prefer a burst of flavor, not just a wallop of heat, several hot sauces deliver the kind of sweet-spicy-salty-sour combination that will please most any palate.
Here are three to try:• A&B American-Style Pepper Sauce: This small-batch Brooklyn condiment balances heat from Fresno and habanero chiles with natural sweetness from carrots, which also contribute to A&B’s vibrant red-orange color. The fact that the hot sauce contains no artificial ingredients or preservatives boosts its foodie cred.
Try it with: Cold oysters on the half shell, a bloody mary. $12 per 8-ounce bottle; abamerican.com.• Cholula Chili Garlic: Mexican favorite Cholula Hot Sauce gives garlic lovers something to cheer about with this extension of its original brand. Salt, the second listed ingredient, is a bit pronounced, but the garlic kick seems to have an affinity for Italian comfort food.
Try it with: Pizza, eggplant parmesan. $4 per 5-ounce bottle; Publix.
Try it with: Grilled tuna steaks, tacos al pastor. $6 per 5-ounce bottle; pinatahotsauce.com.
Evan S. Benn is the Miami Herald food editor. Follow him on Twitter: @EvanBenn .