Few condiments have captured the hearts (and palates) of self-proclaimed foodies in this country quite like Sriracha. Outfitted in its recognizable green-capped bottle, the spicy red paste Americans once exclusively drizzled on pho takeout is now a kitchen staple many households. The sauce that was once seen as a flavorful addition to your favorite dishes has evolved into an unexpected base for many inventive flavor combinations. Even mainstream fast food chains are catching on. With such a devoted following, it only makes sense Trader Joe's would get in on the action — in fact, these nine products from Trader Joe's are must-haves for Sriracha lovers.
Sriracha (SIR-AH-CHA) sauce is made of chilis, vinegar, sugar, salt, and garlic. Its name stems from the city of Si Racha, Thailand, from which it originates. Though the sauce has been around since the 1930s, it gained widespread attention in the United States through distributor Huy Fong in the 1980s. It wasn't until 2013 that specialty grocery chain Trader Joe's introduced its own version of the condiment. Of course, Trader Joe's didn't stop there. The chain is well-loved for its inventive reworks on classic foods, so naturally Sriracha became one of the flavors added to its standard lineup (see also: pumpkin, mango, matcha, cookie butter). Whether you prefer the original Huy Fong Sriracha or Trader Joe's variation depends on your taste. But maybe Joe's lineup of experimental Sriracha goodies can help dictate your decision.