With different levels of heat and different countries of origin there are just as many varieties of hot sauce as ways to use it.
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Three-Alarm CookingFound on restaurants tabletops and in pantries across the world, hot sauce is a great way to infuse some fire into your meals. Everyone has their favorite type, so experiment with sauces that may be vinegar-based (like Tabasco®) or pepper-based (like green chile sauce) to find your favorite kick.
Hot Bean-and-Cheese DipA great spur-of-the-moment appetizer this dip uses pantry staples like canned pinto beans, refried beans, canned diced tomatoes, shredded cheddar cheese, and of course, hot sauce. Bake it in 20 minutes.
Chicken-and-Sausage GumboAndouille sausage may add a little bit of spice to this traditional gumbo, but the biggest kick of heat comes from the hot sauce. Use half a teaspoon, or a full teaspoon if you dare. Spicy but oh, so good.
Jambalaya with Shrimp and Andouille SausageThe name jambalaya comes from the French term "jambon" or ham, an ingredient in early recipes. But Creole cooks are known to vary the meats in this hallmark rice and tomato recipe. This shrimp and sausage version takes less than 40 minutes.
New Orleans Barbecue ShrimpMarinate peeled deveined shrimp in a host of N'awlins spices and a splash of hot sauce for just two hours and then bake. You'll have the party appetizer that everyone will rave about. So be sure to print out extra copies of the recipe.
Andouille and Red Beans with RiceAndouille sausage and a few drops of hot sauce give this traditional Cajun rice and bean dish a real flavor kick. But beans and rice help tame the heat enough to make it perfect for kids and adults with sensitive palates.
Spicy Shrimp Cakes with Corn and Avocado SalsaPeeled raw shrimp are chopped in the blender and seasoned with hot sauce, scallions, sautéed vegetables, cilantro and panko to make a seafood burger extraordinaire. If you don't have time to make the homemade salsa, use cocktail sauce.
Turnip Greens With Caramelized OnionsCaramelized onions tame the bitterness of wilted turnip greens, but it's the splash of hot sauce that rounds out the flavors in this updated Southern side dish. Serve it with roast pork or chicken.