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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

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California Cuisine

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

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Celia's Visit

My friend, Celia comes to visit for holidays from Mexico City. She brings tamales, a traditional Mexican Xmas food and introduces me to the Puya pepper.

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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.

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Party Time

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

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The Big Time

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

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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 , SoundCloud, and whatsthematterwithme.org.

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