5 Local Hot Sauces To Try

These local, handcrafted sauces bring the heat with flavorful flair.

Tico Rico
San Clemente
The all-natural sauces are inspired by chef Richard Taylor’s Afro-Costa Rican roots. The trio sauce features Carolina Reaper peppers from Taylor’s own garden. $7 to $12

Heatseeker
Huntington Beach
Owner Daryl Vaughn started making sauces while living in Chile. Try the cilantro-lime sauce and look out for limited-edition bottles. $6 to $10

Chone
Laguna Niguel
Established in 1997, this family-owned business sources peppers from the family farm as well as local growers. Expect a new seasonal blend this fall. $14 to $20

Ghost Scream
San Clemente
The flagship sauce honors the mighty ghost pepper. You’ll also find sweet-spicy chile garlic jam and a fiery curry sauce. $8 to $12

Red Beards
Huntington Beach
Bestsellers include the fire-roasted, extra-hot habanero sauce and the Louisiana-style, vinegar-forward jalapeno sauce. $8 to $13

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