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All the answers to your

El Yucateco Hot Sauce Questions

We know how it is.

You're sitting down to have your favorite meal along with your favorite El Yucateco Hot Sauce...and then, a question hitherto unspoken grows in the back of your brain.  It speaks, over and over again - demanding an answer - "Why, oh why, is my Black Label Reserve Hot Sauce actually black?!"


And so begins your quest.


But fear not!  We have all the answers right here at your fingertips.  Okay maybe not all the answers, but we have the answers to our most frequently asked questions.


What’s the expiration date of my hot sauce?

On the neck of your bottle is a stamped lot code. The first two numbers are the year it was produced, the next letter is the month is was produced (A=Jan, B=Feb, C=March, etc.), then the next two numbers are the day of that month it was produced. Your sauce is good for 30 months from that date, unopened, stored in a cool, dry place.

What’s the difference in the chile habanero hot sauce flavors?

We have 5 sauces made with the habanero pepper (chile habanero). Each has a different flavor and heat level based on the other key ingredients and the amount of habanero pepper flesh used in the recipe.


The heat level of each of our hot sauces is measured using The Scoville Scale. This heat is measured in “Scoville Heat Units”, degrees based on the concentration of capsaicinoids from the peppers (Capsaicin is the predominant component that causes the sensation of heat in a pepper).

Scoville ratings are approximate and can vary from batch to batch.


Check out the flavor profiles of each sauce, in heat order - from lowest to highest.

Best Mexican hot sauce brand El Yucateco Jalapeno Hot Sauce bottle with green sauce and yellow label.
Best Mexican hot sauce brand El Yucateco Chipotle Hot Sauce bottle with red sauce and yellow label.
Best Mexican hot sauce brand El Yucateco Caribbean Habanero Hot Sauce bottle with orange sauce and tropical label.
Best Mexican hot sauce brand El Yucateco Red Habanero Hot Sauce bottle with red sauce and yellow label.
Best Mexican hot sauce brand El Yucateco Green Habanero Hot Sauce bottle with green sauce and yellow label.
Best Mexican hot sauce brand El Yucateco Black Label Reserve Habanero Hot Sauce bottle with black sauce and label.
Best Mexican hot sauce brand El Yucateco Kutbil-Ik XXXtra Hot Habanero Sauce bottle with tan sauce and yellow label.

Jalapeño Sauce - 1,500°-1,90

The classic Jalapeño sauce, done the right way! Only the freshest peppers are used for this sauce. It’s the mildest of our sauces, but packs a rich flavor and gentle heat.



Chipotle Hot Sauce - 1,900°-2,30

Our only sweet sauce, our Chipotle Hot Sauce is made from a rich blend of naturally smoked chipotle peppers. Its deep flavor enriches hearty dishes, and adds smoky notes and sweet heat to grilled meats.



Caribbean Habanero Hot Sauce - 6,300°-7,70

This sauce is a perfect blend of yellow habanero peppers and fresh carrots, a source high in Vitamin A and Beta-Carotene. Its slightly sweet taste and mild heat deliver the traditional flavors of Caribbean Cuisine.



Red Habanero Hot Sauce - 7,600°-9,50

El Yucateco’s Red Habanero Hot Sauce is created with our classic recipe, a blend of habanero peppers, red tomatoes, select spices, and seasonings.



Green Habanero Hot Sauce - 7,000°-8,80

Our Green Habanero Hot Sauce is made with another of our classic recipes. The freshest green habanero peppers, garlic, and fine spices blend into a fresh, flavorful sauce.



Black Label Reserve Habanero Hot Sauce - 4,500°-5,50

El Yucateco’s Black Label Reserve gets it’s color from fire-roasting our habaneros resulting in a deep, smoky, flavorful sauce.



Kutbil-Ik XXXtra Hot Habanero Sauce - 10,000°-12,50

We rescued this recipe from the culinary traditions of the ancient Mayan civilization, hence the name “Kutbil-Ik” - a Mayan word meaning “crushed chili”.

Are El Yucateco sauces gluten free?

Yes! All varieties of El Yucateco hot sauce are gluten free.

Are your sauces sugar free?

All of our sauces are sugar free except the Chipotle Hot Sauce. The Chipotle Sauce incorporates a small amount of sugar to enhance the pepper's natural sweetness.


Are your sauces vinegar based?

No. We want the flavor of the pepper to shine through, so we use minimal amounts of citric and acetic acid as a preservative.


Why is the Black Label Reserve Hot Sauce black?

We fire roast the habanero peppers to give them that beautiful smoke flavor. The black color is the natural charring of the pepper itself, blended into the sauce.


Where are your sauces made?

Our sauces are made on the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico, in the municipality of Kanasín.


Which flavors do not contain artificial coloring?

Chipotle, Caribbean, Black Label Reserve, and XXXtra Hot Kutbil-Ik hot sauces do not contain any artificial coloring.

Should my El Yucateco Hot Sauce be refrigerated?

No. Refrigeration is not required either before or after opening.


Do you use capsaicin extracts?



Who do I contact for exports outside of the US and Canada?

Please email


Where do I find recipes?

Right here on our blog at, as well as our YouTube channel at


Why does my label look slightly different than the last time I bought it?

The FDA requires us to periodically update labels based on product information clarity. If your label has slightly changed, please know that the formula hasn’t changed, just the label.


I want to represent the brand as an influencer, ambassador, video creator, event promotion specialist, etc. Who do I contact for marketing opportunities?

Message us at


I’m a restaurant or a retailer – how do I purchase your products wholesale?

Message us at and we'll get you in touch with the correct division for your location and needs.


I heard you have lead in your hot sauce, is that true?

This idea arose from a study from UNLV released in July of 2013. We responded immediately to alert our customers that we were investigating and hired an independent lab to thoroughly test all our sauces and manufacturing facility. No measurable amounts of lead were detected in any of our sauces or ingredients used to make our sauces.


The safety of our customers and employees is our number one concern and we stand by the quality of our products. Please email us at for a copy of the testing report and an in-depth FAQ for further information.

Where can I find El Yucateco products?

Check out our product locator: You can usually also find it at any Mexican Grocery store, in addition to being able to buy it at

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