Hot sauce has been around for hundreds of years and is enjoyed by millions of people. There are so many different flavors of hot sauce that can be used for so many different things. Each hot sauce has a level of heat measured by scoville heat units or SHU. The higher up the number goes, the hotter the hot sauce is.
If you are someone who likes the taste of hot sauce, but hates spicy sauces, you are in luck! Every “hot” sauce may have a small level of heat to it, but in some cases is almost unnoticeable. Tiger sauce, Texas Pete’s, Hot Ones Jr The Green, Frank’s Red Hot, Louisiana hot sauce, and Taco Bell’s Diablo hot sauce are all some excellent choices to consider when you are looking for a hot sauce that is practically non spicy.
Types of Non Spicy Hot Sauces
As mentioned above, there are many types of hot sauce that aren’t necessarily too hot. Many of these fall at the bottom of the scoville scale, and below we will go into detail about the taste and flavor of each hot sauce.
The original tiger sauce is made with cayenne pepper (that’s where it gets its slight heat) and has a sweet and sour taste to it. Tiger sauce is perfect for marinades on meat or fish, you can even use it as a dip or put it on sandwiches. It is considered to have half the heat that Sriracha has. Tiger sauce doesn’t have a scoville rating, but it is often said it would fall somewhere 500 SHU.
Texas Pete is a classic American hot sauce. It has a vinegar base and is often used for chicken marinades. Some say Texas Pete’s has a sweet flavor to it. It has a SHU level of 747 and is less hot than Sirachaha.
Hot Ones Jr: The Green-
Often said to be a great hot sauce introduction for children! This hot sauce’s first ingredients are apples and apple juice, followed by limes and spinach then apple cider vinegar. Jalapeno’s are far down the ingredient list and they are what give this sauce a little bit of heat. Hot Ones Jr does not have a scoville level, but it only holds one star on the heat scale.
Frank’s Red Hot Sauce-
One I’m sure you’ve at least heard of or seen on grocery shelves, Frank’s red hot sauce is so popular for chicken wings and other marinades. Frank’s red hot gets its spice from the cayenne included in the ingredients. However, Frank’s only has a scoville of 450, making it the perfect mild hot sauce and great for many meals. Frank’s is an extremely versatile hot sauce, and there are so many different sauces that you can use instead of Frank’s.
Louisiana Hot Sauce-
Another all time classic in America. This hot sauce is much more mild than Sirachaha or Tabasco and has a scoville level of 450, the same as Frank’s Red Hot. Louisiana hot sauce is a vinegar based hot sauce that includes aged hot peppers in its recipe.
Taco Bell’s Diablo Hot Sauce-
Taco Bell has recently released their own version of “hot” sauce called Diablo. Don’t let the name scare you! It is extremely mild and only falls at 500 on the scoville scale. It is a tomato puree base with garlic and onions, the Diablo sauce get’s its small amount of heat from the chipotle peppers and the chili peppers that are included in the mix.
Last, but not least, Tabasco makes a great addition to our list because tabasco is a good example for people to see where they like their spice levels at. It is a very popular hot sauce, served at the table at almost any restaurant. To give you an idea of scoville range, tabasco is at 700 on the scoville scale, so anything higher than that may be too much heat for you! However, we did list a bunch of delicious hot sauces that fall way below 700 SHU and are the perfect mild hot sauce.
We have just gone over many of the most mild hot sauces out there. Although this list doesn’t contain every mild hot sauce (that would just be way too long!) It does contain many of the most popular mild hot sauces. Try one next time you are going to marinade meat or grill a steak.