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Flavorful Hot Sauces

- Van Chaplin and Charles Walton IV / Styling by: Alan Henderson and Cari South / Food Styling by: Rebecca Kracke Gordon
Van Chaplin and Charles Walton IV / Styling by: Alan Henderson and Cari South / Food Styling by: Rebecca Kracke Gordon

Appetizers, sides, and main dishes burst with lively flavor thanks to this spicy condiment. Try tongue-tingling recipes such as Spicy Shrimp and Grits,Sweet-and-Spicy Chipotle Chicken Wings, or Spicy Chicken Salad With Veggies.

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Here's refreshing news about hot sauce. This chile-containing condiment temporarily speeds up your metabolism and cools you off. Capsaicin (the heat-causing chemical in chile peppers) causes you to perspire, especially on the head and face. As moisture evaporates, heat pulls away from the body, producing a cooling sensation. That's why so many dishes in hot climates are spicy.

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But let's face it: The real reason we use hot sauce is because we love its taste and the rush we feel while eating fiery foods. One bite of these tongue-tingling recipes, and you'll experience new heights in zestful flavor.

High on Heat
I sampled many of these hot sauces straight out of the bottle. As I write with a glistening forehead and ruddy cheeks, here's my take on some. (Did I mention antacids make terrific palate cleansers?) After taking an informal coffeepot survey, I learned that Crystal, Tabasco (all flavors), and Louisiana Hot Sauce are tops with our staff.

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Here's what else is good with a bit of heat tossed in.

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