August 27, 2015
Here are three exciting ways to use hot sauce in your cooking.

Here are three exciting ways to use hot sauce in your cooking.

If you’re studying culinary arts in Austin or Boulder, odds are you’ve been experimenting with different kinds of sauces. From Sriracha to Cholula, hot sauce has taken over our meals. No matter the restaurant you find yourself at, you can count on it to serve hot sauce. Some places even keep these zesty condiments on the table right next to the ketchup and mustard. Instead of just adding hot sauce on top of your food, try cooking with it. Here are some ways to incorporate a little fire into your meals:

Spicy Cilantro Lime Michealada
Normally we wouldn’t recommend drinking hot sauce, but this drink is an exception. Micheladas are alcoholic drinks that became popular in Mexico during the 1940s. Though there are many variations, the drink generally mixes beer, hot sauce, salt and lime to create a refreshing, yet spicy beverage. Here is what you need to make it yourself:

  • 5 small tomatoes
  • 1/4 of cup packed cilantro leaves
  • 1 3/4 ounces of fresh lime juice
  • 1 ounces of Cholula
  • 3/4 teaspoon of fine ground sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground black pepper
  • 2 12 oz. cans Tecate

To make the juice, process the tomatoes and cilantro. Then, stir in the lime juice, hot sauce, sea salt, garlic powder and ground black pepper. Refrigerate for about an hour. Line the rim of the glasses with lime, salt and cayenne. Fill the glasses with ice and pour 4 ounces of tomato juice into each glass. Top with 4 to 6 ounces of cold beer and enjoy!

Sriracha Sesame Ginger Popcorn
Though popcorn alone is a fun snack, sometimes it needs a little kick. Spice up your movie night with this take on flavored popcorn:

You will need:

  • 2 tablespoons Butter
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of Sriracha
  • 1 teaspoon of sesame seeds
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground ginger
  • 4 cups of popped popcorn

To make the sauce, melt and combine the butter, olive oil and Sriracha. Then, stir in the sesame seeds, garlic powder and ginger. Pour the mixture over the popcorn and toss it thoroughly to make sure it evenly covers. Season with salt.

Sriracha Cocktail Sauce
Though this sauce is simple, it can liven up a party staple. Here is what you need to make this tangy sauce:

  • 1?2 cup of ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon of horseradish
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • 1?2 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of Sriracha
  • black pepper

In a bowl, combine and stir ketchup, hot sauce, soy sauce, Worcestershire, horseradish, fresh lemon juice and black pepper. Refrigerate and serve with chilled shrimp.