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With a distinctive blend of spices, California-grown garlic, summer-ripened chipotle meco & puya chiles and Meyer lemons, Hoppin Hot Sauce is anything but run-of-the-mill. Our chiles are picked at the end of the season, when they are red-ripe and spicy. Unlike ordinary chipotle peppers, which are picked when they are green, the flavor of our chipotle meco peppers produces a spicier sauce with a tang like no other. It's how we make every plate great!

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The Hoppin Hot Sauce Story


California Cuisine

Alice Waters starts a food movement based on fresh ingredients and creates “California cuisine”. I’m raised on the stuff.


Cooking With Cely

My school friend's Mom Celia (we called her Cely) hails from Mexico City.  She has big parties with mariachis and trays of food.  She teaches me how to cook with chiles.

We make tamales, a traditional Mexican Xmas food, stuffed with the Puya peppers.


Grandpa's Meyer Lemons

My grandfather has a Meyer lemon tree in his backyard. I get fresh lemons. (Meyer lemons were made popular by Alice Waters - before her, no one used them) They contain the same chemical found in the herb thyme.


Party Time

I start bringing my homemade hot sauce to dinner parties with friends. After perfecting the ingredients, I start creating batches for friends.


The Big Time

I start selling my sauce to local restaurants in the Bay Area and Los Angeles.


XX Launches

Officially on the shelves in grocery stores. New! XX Hot Sauce for extra kick.

My name is John Hoppin

I’ve worked in food all my life, and I put hot sauce on everything. I have multiple sclerosis and it makes it difficult to work in a kitchen environment, but I didn’t let it stop me from cooking. I created Hoppin Hot Sauce to share the taste of my table with yours.

What's the Matter with Me?


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 , and whatsthematterwithme.org.

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