Can You Stand the Heat??

Opt for a Hot Paste Rather than a Hot sauce that may have a lot of added ingredients

For us spicy food lovers, there is something satisfy about turning up the heat when it comes to cuisine. For myself, I love to indulge in hot foods–and I don’t mean temperature. Adding spices to your daily diet is great for switching things up, but think twice before you reach for those popular hot sauces we all know and love. (Sorry, sriracha!)

 

There are so many hot pastes you can choose from that don’t rely on added ingredients or weird chemicals that you can’t pronounce. And given that chili pastes are used the world over, there are lots of different types and flavors available for us heat thrill-seekers. If you can stand the heat, then let’s dive in to the many benefits of hot pastes in favor of your traditional hot sauces.

Fresh is Best

Many of the bottles available on your grocery shelf have been sitting there for some time. Next time you go to the store, reach for a bottle of hot sauce. Flip it over, and I guarantee you that the expiration date on the back is at least two years away. And why is that? Well, these hot sauces have been sitting there waiting for a hot sauce lover to buy them, and that doesn’t happen each and every day. Shelf life is key here for profits, not your health.

I visited the Tabasco Factory on Avery Island, Louisiana a few years ago, and I can tell you that each barrel of Tabasco hot sauce ferments for two years before it even gets bottled. Yes, really!

Fun little food fact for you: Powdered, red chili peppers are known as paprika.

Instead of grabbing your ordinary hot sauce, why not try making your very own! Even if DIY isn’t your thing, it’s super simple and once you make your first batch successfully you’ll be shocked that you didn’t do it sooner! Want a little inspiration to get you started on making your first homemade chili paste? Click here.

Hot and Super Healthy For Your Body

Chili peppers are known the world over for their many health benefits. A nightshade, chili peppers (Capsicum annuum) are the fruits of Capsicum pepper plants. 

These powerful peppers contain a number of essential vitamins and minerals that your body naturally craves. Some of which include: Vitamin A, C and B6, as well as antioxidants, Potassium and Copper.

But what’s even cooler about these little goodies that we can’t help but crave? The capsaicin component they contain is supported by science to promote weight loss by reducing appetite as well as increasing a person’s fat burning. 

Sample A World Full Of Flavor With Hot Pastes From Around The Globe

Why not spice things up a bit in the literal sense by trying hot pastes from different cuisines across the globe? There is a wide array of flavors to choose from to delight any palate. Sure, we know of ordinary chili paste, but there are a several fun ways to get your spicy pepper fix when it comes to hot pastes. In case you didn’t know, chili pastes can be hot, fishy, fermented, or even sweet.

 

Here are some delectable hot paste examples for you from across the globe…

 

Piros Arany: This Hungarian hot pepper staple is simple: paprika and salt. It’s a common addition to many Hungarian dishes, and it tastes terrific on just about anything.

Harissa: This North African staple is gaining popularity worldwide for its intensely perfect combination of spices swirled together. Basic Harissa is comprised of: vinegar, lemon, garlic, coriander, fennel, pepper, allspice, nutmeg, and tomato paste, along with red chile peppers.

Sambal: This fermented paste is versatile and available in a number of options. Sambal Terasi has Indonesian origins and features shrimp paste. Sambal Belacan is Malaysian and is heavy on the lime. And Sambal Olek, the most well-known variety, is nothing without garlic. 

With all this talk of hot pastes, you might be wondering: How do I find multiple ways to use them in my daily diet? Well, try these ways to sneak it in all the time!

 

  • Swap out your traditional dip for a hot paste, and enjoy with fresh cut raw veggies or chips
  • Add some to a stew or a soup for an extra kick
  • Skip the mayo or mustard and use it for sandwich spread
  • Use it as a marinade or rub for grilling/broiling your meat
  • Add some to a burger for a hot hamburger, whether it’s turkey, veggie, or beef

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