Depending on your tolerance for heat, a good hot sauce can be one of the most versatile tools in your kitchen. Some hot sauces, however, go beyond versatility to reach indispensability. That’s certainly the case for Trader Joe’s Peri-Peri Sauce, a one-sauce-fits-all condiment that combines the welcoming heat of fermented chilies and dried chili flakes, the tangy tartness of lemon juice, and the savory splendor of garlic to create a uniquely enchanting flavor profile that genuinely goes with everything. It’s spicy, a little sour, even a little sweet, and has a smooth, creamy texture that keeps you coming back for more, bite after bite.
Made for us by a supplier in South Africa, where peri-peri peppers are plentiful, this curiously complex Peri- Peri Sauce has an uncanny ability to not just match well with other foods, but to wake up and augment their flavors as well. From roasted chicken, to pork chops, to beer-battered fish, a nice drizzle of Peri-Peri can help bring out the inherent sweetness and depth of flavor to practically any protein. But that’s not all: it adds a new dimension to roasted veggies, tater tot nachos, and jackfruit tacos, it provides a delightful kick to fried rice, potato salad, or hummus, and makes an ideal dipping sauce for fried pickles, calamari, or tofu nuggets.