Do you love spicy food? Do you also love chicken, and specifically, Nandos chicken?! Well, you are going to want to find out what the hottest sauce there is available. Of course, it may be that you despise spicy food and want to save yourself! Either way here is what you need to know.
So, what is the hottest Nandos sauce? The hottest Nandos sauce is called Vusa, which is based on the African bird’s eye pepper (that can reach up to 175,000 Heat Units on The Scoville Scale). However, it is a guest flavor and may not be here to stay. In that case, the Extra Extra (XX) hot Peri-Peri sauce is the next spiciest option.
In Zulu, Vusa means excitement and fire.
Says a lot, doesn’t it?
No surprise Nandos have branded it with the following slogan:
But how long it will be around is another question altogether.
While you can currently get it in restaurants, there is no mention of how long for.
And while it appears to be available in a bottled version, availability at supermarkets is currently quite limited.
So we will have to see.
Which is why I mentioned XX hot; a backup if you will.
Nevertheless, let us look at the sauces in order of heat.
That way you know what to order, or buy bottled, depending on your preferences.
Nandos Sauces In Order Of Heat
The below is ranked in order from the mildest to the spiciest.
Or, how they rank of the ‘Peri-ometer’
Nandos Restaurant Sauces
- Extra Hot
- Vusa (available on chicken, not currently at the table)
Bottled Nandos Sauces
- XX Hot
- Vusa (limited currently availability)
How Hot Is Nandos Hot?
Nandos hot is considered a moderately spicy sauce, at least when compared to other condiments. It is believed to be somewhere in the 2,500-4,000 Scoville unit range.
It is around 5x hotter than Franks Original Hot sauce.
How Hot Is Nandos Extra Hot?
Nandos Extra Hot sauce is the same spiciness level as Nandos hot; somewhere between 2,500-4,000 Scoville units. Although, when ordering in a restaurant more of the sauce is used, and thus it can appear spicier.
Hot sauce is the same as Extra hot sauce at Nandos. Extra hot does not exist, instead, it is simply chicken that has more ‘hot sauce’ layered onto it than usual. Extra hot essentially has two bastings of sauce compared to the hots once. The next level up from Hot sauce is Extra Extra hot. These are on the other hand two distinctly different products, bottled and sold in supermarkets separately. Even then the recipes are very similar; it is just the quantity of chili and the resulting level of spice and heat that differs.
Nandos Peri-Peri sauce can be hot; it depends on the variety you order, buy or consume. Out of the three Nandos Peri-Peri sauces, the medium sauce is the mildest (estimated to rate at around 300 Scoville Units), the extra hot the spiciest (estimated to rate at around 20-35,000 Scoville units).
It has been known for Nandos Medium to be hotter than their hot sauce. This is because sauces can vary in spiciness level, due in part to variations in the ingredients used, how it is stored, etc. There are human factors to consider too in regards to heat perception; some consumers perceive heat and flavors differently, resulting in some believing that Nandos medium is hotter than the Nandos hot sauce.
Hi there. I’m Jeremy – a passionate food technologist with several decades in the food industry. With a love for sauces, food, and nutrition, I decided to create WeWantTheSauce. Here I share my experience, knowledge, and recommendations; from ingredients and recipes to storage all the way through to nutrition for every sauce imaginable.