Hot Stuff? Heinz Has Three New Spicy Ketchups

Are you a self-proclaimed spicelord? Do you thrive on the capsaicin-fueled adrenaline rush that only comes with the consumption of increasingly spicy peppers? Do you love ketchup so much that you bleed red? Wait…well in any case, Heinz’s newest release may just be your new best friend. That’s right, the tomato-y trailblazer has released a line of three spicy ketchups and a new Heinz Hot 57 sauce, and as the spicy spicy gal I am, I have some follow up questions:

What peppers doth a spicy Heinz make? And how spicy are these spicy Heinz ketchups?

From what we can gather, the heat levels vary. The three different spicy ketchup flavors are Chipotle, Jalapeño, and Habanero, and are supposed to be “medium,” “hot,” and “hotter,” respectively. The Chipotle flavor is said to taste like the classic Heinz ketchup blended with chipotle peppers; the Jalapeño ketchup is supposed to taste like Heinz ketchup blended with jalapeño peppers; and the Habanero is (you guessed it) Heinz ketchup blended with habanero peppers for “a very hot twist on a classic sauce.” As for the Heinz 57 Sauce, they didn’t discuss the heat level, but they did divulge that this classic Heinz steak sauce will be dressed up with “real jalapeño peppers for a simple way to add zest and heat to proteins and sides.” So I can only assume it will be hot but not knock-your-socks-off hot. You can get these ketchups and the Heinz Hot 57 Sauce in stores now at $3.99 for the ketchups and $5.59 for the Heinz Hot 57 sauce.

I am very seriously considering purchasing some of that Chipotle ketchup. Imagine the smoky, dusky, spicy ketchup on scrambled eggs? Ugh, I feel like it would taste like a spicy, tomato-y bacon scramble without the bacon, and Mr. Ketchup (first name Heinz), I am on board with that. My only roadblock to buying the stuff is that I have to go through my existing ketchup first. It’s kind of fun, I got my current Heinz ketchup right after Halloween last year so it says “Tomato Blood” on the bottle, and now all the visitors to my apartment think I’m one of those 24/7/365 (plus leap days) Halloween people. Anyway, once I finish up my months-old tomato blood, this new chipotle tomato blood is taking its rightful place on the satanic tomato altar in my fridge.

About the Author

Jessica Block

Jessica Block is a freelance contributor to Sporked, a comedian, a baker, a food writer, and a firm believer that Trader Joe's may just be the happiest place on earth. She loves spicy snacks, Oreos, baking bread, teeny tiny avocados, and trying new foods whenever she can. Also, if you give her a bag of Takis she will be your best friend.