Angry Goat’s Hippy Dippy Hot Sauce pairs tomatillos, kiwi, and agave nectar with fire-roasted chilies. Unique? Definitely. Fun? No doubt. But how do all these flavors meld together as a verde sauce? And how usable is Hippy Dippy really? Too sweet? Just right? Let’s jump into Angry Goat’s spicy concoction to see what’s behind it all.
Let’s get right into the sweet and heat of Hippy Dippy Hot Sauce’s ingredients list: fire roasted jalapeño peppers, fire roasted serrano peppers, lime juice, fire roasted tomatillos, kiwi fruit, agave nectar, avocado, tequila, olive oil, granulated garlic, sea salt, onion powder, cumin, black pepper, and fresh cilantro.
As you can see, Hippy Dippy is a unique twist on verde hot sauces. The fire roasted tomatillos are front and center in this list and the tang is all there. They add a nice acidic balance so the sweeter side to this sauce doesn’t overtake anything.
Speaking of those sweet things: Agave is here, but the verde twist is the kiwi fruit and avocado.
I’ve never had a hot sauce that has kiwis among the top ingredients in the list, and I didn’t know what to expect. It enhances that sweet tang, adding a fruitiness too, without totally overwhelming the flavor. The avocado, too, adds an earthy sweetness and natural creaminess to the sauce. Just tasty all around.
The tequila, black pepper, and cumin add complexity to the verde sauce — and frankly, make the sauce a lot more balanced on first bite (where the sweetness first hits.) As the roasted peppers fill out the flavor profile, you really experience the depth that’s here. Sweet, fruity, fiery, and earthy are all here.
A quick note on sodium: Hippy Dippy Hot Sauce contains 22 mg per teaspoon serving which is 1% of your daily value. This is not a low sodium sauce by the numbers, but the sauce certainly doesn’t lean into salty as a flavor.
The peppers here are jalapeños (2,500 to 8,000 Scoville heat units) and serranos (10,000 to 23,000 SHU.) Hippy Dippy Hot Sauce lands about where we’d expect for a quality, well-balanced hot sauce featuring these two fire-roasted chilies: roughly 2,300 SHU. That puts it in line with Tabasco Original Hot Sauce (2,500 SHU) for comparison. Not too hot, not too mild. It builds to a very eatable heat.
That said, Hippy Dippy is a bit sneaky. The sweet hits you first, then the heat kicks in on the back end. That heat, though, doesn’t linger for more than a minute or so once you’ve stopped eating. It just initially can take you by surprise.
Hippy Dippy Hot Sauce is relatively thick, so you can totally use it as a sauce side. No dasher sauce here — this is a sauce you layer in and it works with a surprising number of foods. It’s great on eggs, pork, chicken and anything else you’d like a tangy verde sauce on.
As a verde-style hot sauce, Hippy Dippy is also delicious with all types of Mexican food. I really loved this as a sauce side with my enchiladas. I covered the enchilada in about three tablespoons of Hippy Dippy, and I was delighted with the punch and the sweet zing it added.
The label on this is so much fun! I mean, who doesn’t love a hippy turtle? It pretty much sums up how you’ll look after your first bite —totally relaxed and happy. It stands out among a pack of hot sauces simply due to the cartoon turtle. And if you feature it next to Angry Goat’s Purple Hippo Hot Sauce — it’s quite the one-two collectible punch. This is a brand that knows how to stand out among the pack, both in labeling and unique ingredient pairings.
Angry Goat Hippy Dippy Hot Sauce is a delicious twist on verde sauce. Kiwi, agave, and avocado provide a fruity and earthy twist to the tomatillo tang. It also packs a very eatable heat, making it an easy hot sauce to grab for everyday use. (Amazon)