Hi there! My name is John Hoppin. I am a sauce creator, food expert, and Bay Area native.

Years ago, Celia, a friend from Mexico City introduced me to the Puya pepper; Celia would rehydrate these dried peppers to make fragrant teas and unique sauces. The ability to use these chili peppers in so many different ways fascinated me. I remembered this special pepper but didn't have my real Eureka moment until years later. Serendipitously, my neighbors brought me tamales on the holidays with pulla peppers inside. I loved that special taste which reminded me of family, friends, and tradition. From then on I knew I needed to create a sauce with this special pepper. From this realization, Hoppin Hot Sauce was born.

I care about the ingredients that go into each batch of sauce. That's why I have sourced my ingredients locally. Partnering with California farms and companies, I have managed to create a hot sauce empire. The garlic in the sauce comes from Gilroy California, the garlic capital of the United States. I wanted to capture that  70's flavor of California cuisine so I carefully selected Meyer Lemons as a way to honor the deep history and legacy. Even my production is local. Hoppin Hot Sauce is produced in Healdsburg Sonoma. From the ingredients to the production, we keep it real.


What’s The Matter With Me

I’m proud to say that Hoppin Hot Sauce is owned and operated by a disabled person.  I have multiple sclerosis, and my disability adds a special set of complications to my business. I started making the What’s The Matter With Me? Podcast to give myself some support and to raise my consciousness as a disabled person, husband, father, business owner, radio DJ, and podcaster.  New episodes are posted to Apple Podcasts, SoundCloud, and whatsthematterwithme.org.