National Hot Sauce Day

Keerthana Ramasamy
Feb 14, 2024 By Keerthana Ramasamy
Originally Published on Feb 14, 2022
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Where is National Hot Sauce Day celebrated?

It is celebrated nationwide in the United States of America.

Who is National Hot Sauce Day celebrated by?

It is a nation-specific holiday celebrated by all the spice-loving food lovers. The Mad Dog 357 Plutonium No. 9 is known as the hottest sauce in the world.

When did National Hot Sauce Day first start?

There are no traces of when the first began, but it is believed to have started a few years back.

Who started National Hot Sauce Day?

Though the founder, origin, and history are unknown, the first commercial hot sauce invention traces back to 1807, named 'cayenne sauce.'

Try a tabasco sauce to celebrate National Hot Sauce Day.

History And Timeline

The chili peppers and hot sauce invention date back to 7000 years ago in the US. Learn the history of hot sauce in the US below.

Native American Chilies

Chili peppers are native to America; they originated in the wild in Bolivia. Chilies were first domesticated 7000-9000 years ago in today's Mexico-Tehuacan Valley. And they made the first spicy sauce with chili and water.

7000-9000 Years Ago

Europe And Chillis

It is believed that Christopher Columbus may have been one of the first European explorers to taste chiles. He named them 'peppers' because of their spicy flavor, similar to his search for black peppercorns.


Chili Peppers In Europe

Early traces of chili pepper usage can be traced back to 6000 years ago in South and Central America. They reached Europe only in the 16th century.

16th Century

First Commercial Hot Sauce

The first commercial hot sauce appeared in the northeastern state of Massachusetts, America. The sauce is made of cayenne peppers, similar to the ones we use today. The newspaper advertisements of 1807 show that cayenne sauce has been sold in a bottle since 1807.


Tabasco Sauces

Tabasco sauce remains one of the best-selling condiments in the US. Today, Tabasco has been recognized as the oldest surviving brand in the US.


Traditions And Customs

It is the best day to host a hot sauce lunch or dinner with your friends and family members. The day also encourages people to celebrate the regional flavors available as they reflect different cultures and unique ingredients.

Did you know? More than half of American households have some hot sauce in their kitchen. It is a staple condiment on the dining table for millions, whether for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. So, this is the day you dig deeper and learn more about hot sauce flavors and expand your knowledge on the different origins of sauces.

Ways To Observe Or Celebrate National Hot Sauce Day

The hot sauce challenge is one of the best things you can do to make this day fun. Go to the local market or buy the hottest sauce variety online and challenge your friends and family.

The next best thing you can do is cook a hot sauce recipe to match your daily sandwiches and everything you eat. Besides, invite your friends and family to a steak party served with hot sauce. 

Pick up the best peppers and spice flavors from your local market, search for recipes, and start cooking the hot sauce with the regional chili at home.

Finally, share your recipes on social media with #HotSauceDay.

Facts And Stats

  • National Hot Sauce Day hasn't been around for nearly as long as hot sauces and chili have been! The origin of chili and pepper traces back a few centuries, extending to 6000 years ago in east-central Mexico.
  • The day to celebrate hot sauce is celebrated nationally in the US as the world's first chili sauce was invented in 7000 BC by the Aztecs, who were part of Mesoamerican culture. The first sauce was made of chili peppers with water.
  • Though named National Hot Sauce Day, the day encourages people to celebrate the regional flavors worldwide.

What happens if you eat hot sauce every day?

Spicy foods have worsened acid reflux, peptic ulcers, and gastritis. When consumed daily, it may lead to digestive issues.

What is the significance of Hot Sauce Day?

The recognizes the variety of hot sauces created based on regionally available ingredients.

How is National Hot Sauce Day different from National Tartar Sauce Day?

National Hot Sauce Day is celebrated to appreciate your favorite spicy sauce. National Tartar Sauce Day, founded by Frisch's Big Boy in 2017, honors the tangy tartar sauce.

What is the history and origins of Hot Sauce Day?

The history of National Hot Sauce Day is still unknown, but historians believe that peppers were one of the earliest plants harvested by humans thousands of years ago.

Why do people love Hot Sauce Day?

Eating spicy foods can cause your body to release endorphins, triggering the happy chemical. It gives you an instant feeling of pleasure from head to toe. This is why people crave spiciness, just like sweet and salt.

When Is This Day Celebrated

  • Tuesday, January 21, 2020
  • Thursday, January 21, 2021
  • Friday, January 21, 2022
  • Saturday, January 21, 2023
  • Sunday, January 21, 2024

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Written by Keerthana Ramasamy

Bachelor of Engineering specializing in Electrical and Electronics Engineering

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Keerthana RamasamyBachelor of Engineering specializing in Electrical and Electronics Engineering

With a background in electrical and electronics engineering from Sri Ramakrishna Engineering College, Keerthana brings a unique blend of technical expertise and creative flair to her role as a content writer. Her natural curiosity and passion for exploring new career paths led her to the exciting world of content marketing, where she has honed her content optimization, SEO, and Google Analytics skills. Keerthana's experience as a Content Marketing Specialist at GetMyUni has provided her with hands-on experience in digital marketing and editing, allowing her to create engaging and impactful content.

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