6 Spicy Condiments You Should Be Using All Summer

Spicy, smoky, and surprising spreads and dips to try now.

overhead shot of open jars of spicy condiments
Photo: Photo by Caitlin Bensel / Food Styling by Margaret Monroe Dickey / Prop Styling by Lydia Pursell

One of our favorite ways to meet summer's high temps? Fighting fire with fire—specifically, with our favorite spicy condiments. Mix two and you might discover a crave-worthy combination for your next cookout. No matter where your journey takes you, it's going to be a spicy, flavorful ride.

1. Me's Way Chili Sauce

Deputy Editor Melanie Hansche's favorite Vietnamese-style chile sauce is tempered by sweetness and brings heat and glorious funk in equal measure, thanks to anchovies and fried garlic. $26 at meswayllc.com

2. Schwerter German Honey Chili Mustard

Schwerter has been in the mustard game since 1845, and their chile-honey offering shines in tuna salad or spooned into soy sauce to enjoy with steamed pork dumplings. $9 at formaggiokitchen.com

3. Zwïta Mild Harissa

Brothers Mansour and Karim Arem created Zwïta harissa to do the Tunisian staple justice in the U.S. Sun-dried guajillo chiles, garlic, caraway, and coriander pack gentle, complex heat. $15 at zwitafoods.com

spoonful of chile crisp
Photo by Caitlin Bensel / Food Styling by Margaret Monroe Dickey / Prop Styling by Lydia Pursell

4. Xilli Salsa Macha

Chef Nacxi Gaxiola slowly fries chipotle chiles and toasted peanuts to create this crunchy, smoky Mexican condiment. Try adding it to quesadillas or mac and cheese, and you can thank us later. $18 at xillinyc.com

5. Hot N Saucy Sweet Potato N Habanero

Baked sweet potato mingles with habanero heat in this bottle from chef Sam Davis-Allonce's line of vegetable-centric hot sauces. Try it on oysters or with shrimp cocktail. $10 at hotnsaucynyc.com or walmart.com

6. Gloria's Shito

A medley of dried and fresh chiles, umami-rich anchovy, and bonito flakes makes this Ghanaian condiment a must-try on roast chicken breasts or to zhuzh up soups and dressings. gloriasshito.com

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