Secret Aardvark’s Habanero Hot Sauce is the most unique and addictive hot sauce I have tried in a while. It’s a classic tomato-based sauce with a slightly chunky consistency, which may surprise you because it comes in a squeeze bottle. This was a smart move because you’d run out of it too fast if it came in a jar.
So with that, how much does its heat, flavor, and usability set itself apart? Secret Aardvark is a sauce to love as it hits quick, but it’s not overpowering. It only leads you to come back for more. How much more? I added this to cake (really), and I swear to you it made it a delightful holiday treat. (I might also just be a nutcase.) This sauce reminded me of the spicier versions of La Victoria sauce but with WAY more flavor and pizazz! I could start selling them from my pantry because my friends, after tasting it, would undoubtedly want to take some home.
Secret Aardvark’s Habanero Hot Sauce has a tomato taste, but it’s still vinegar forward. The ingredients are simple: White wine vinegar, roasted tomatoes, habanero peppers, onion, carrot, sugar, prepared mustard, water, Kosher salt, cornstarch, herbs, and spices.
It’s the carrot and mustard that give it its tangy sweetness atop of the habanero heat. It’s a perfect balance of classic flavors with that added zing. When the onion and peppers hit you, they’re quickly balanced by the tomato, which is what makes it so very addictive. I honestly went through 1/4 of the bottle when eating my tacos. The flavor is just the perfect balance of real heat and sweet flavor that makes it undeniably a go-to hot sauce in my house now.
I also never felt the need to add salt to my burrito with this sauce, and that is a massive win for me because I’m a salt addict. With that, it only has 35 mg of sodium, which is not bad compared to some other hot sauces out there.
In terms of heat, it’s hotter than a Cholula sauce (roughly 3,600 SHU), but not as much of a kick as El Yucateco Habanero Sauce (around 8,500 SHU). This is way more family-friendly than the pepper involved implies.
The habanero pepper on the Scoville Heat scale is 100,000 – 350,000 Scoville heat units (SHU), but Secret Aardvark comes nowhere close to this level of spiciness. Think more 5,000 to 7,000 SHU, which makes it about the same heat as a hotter-than-average jalapeño pepper. This sauce will not leave you crying, only wanting more and more.
That said, Secret Aardvark Habanero Hot Sauce is not going to be the sauce that impresses everyone with how spicy it is. If you’re looking for something more aligned to pure habanero heat, look to hot sauces with fewer ingredients involved beyond the habanero itself.
Secret Aardvark can genuinely be used on anything from eggs to salads, but it really highlights beans, tacos, and cheese very well. It’s even versatile enough to – I’M NOT KIDDING – bring a bit of bold to sweet cake. If you’re into that kind of thing. Which I am. This is a real table sauce – it can sit there right with that ketchup and mustard as an everyday condiment.
Their bottle has the perfect size opening, as big as a pencil eraser. You can drop sauce onto your meal bit by bit, or you can give the plastic bottle a simple squeeze and get the amount you’ll really want. Which is a lot. It’s not a watery consistency; it’s a medium, slightly chunky consistency, which adds more volume to each bite. Again, this bad boy is the star of the meal, in my opinion, which is why I think they sell them in 3 packs online. One is not enough.
This hot sauce will honestly be the winner in every meal. It goes with everything from steak, eggs, cake (yes I had it with a simple angel food cake), chicken, salads. The list goes on.
I love their logo! This logo has a fun, classic comic book feel which stands out on the shelf. Aardvarks really do have long enough snouts to reach all the way to the bottom of a hot sauce bottle. You’ll wish you had an Aardvark snout, too, to get every last drop.
The squeeze bottle is a thicker plastic, which honestly could be reused for other sauces as it’s pretty durable. It’s reminiscent of a chef’s squeeze bottle, which is a nice touch to the packaging. That said, it has a “we’re an everyday condiment” feel compared to a lot of other hot sauce packaging options. It screams “eat me”, not “look at me”.
Secret Aardvark is a true table sauce – very versatile and well balanced. The heat is moderate (fresh jalapeño-like) making it very eatable for most, even though habaneros are the star pepper here. If you’re looking for true habanero-level heat, this sauce isn’t for you. (Amazon)