Is Sweet Chili Sauce Vegan? What About Thai Chili Sauce?

In this post, we'll answer two simple question: "Is Sweet Chili Sauce Vegan?" and "Is Thai Chili Sauce Vegan"?

Here's everything you need to know...

Is Sweet Chili Sauce Vegan?

Whether it's from a restaurant, the grocery store or your kitchen, sweet chili sauce is vegan 99% of the time!

This delicious condiment can be used in anything from barbecue sauce to dipping sauce for (vegan) Chinese spring rolls. 

Some folks are wondering about Thai chili sauce, too. We'll talk about it below, but first, let's look at what a typical sweet chili sauce is made of.

Sweet Chili Sauce Ingredients

Maggi Sweet Chili Sauce (pictured above) is a pretty commonly used sweet chili sauce. It's made with the following ingredients, which are all vegan:

Ingredients: Sugar, Chili, Tapioca Syrup, Vinegar, Garlic, Water, Salt, Citric Acid, Xanthan Gum.

So is Thai chili sauce different? Is it vegan, too?

Is Thai Chili Sauce Vegan?

Thai chili sauce is a popular type of the spicy and sweet sauce known as sweet chili sauce.

Many countries have their own forms of chili sauce, but Thai chili sauce is so ubiquitous that it's actually just called "sweet chili sauce" a lot of the time.

If you look closely at the Maggi Sweet Chili Sauce label, you'll see that it says "an authentic Thai sauce" in small print.

But officially labeled "Thai chili sauce" is vegan, too. Let's check out the ingredients of Mae Ploy Thai Sweet Chili Sauce, an easy-to-find Thai chili sauce you can buy at Target or Sam's Club.

Mae Ploy Thai Sweet Chili Sauce

The ingredients for Mae Ploy Thai Sweet Chili Sauce are as follows:

Ingredients: Sugar, Water, Pickled Red Chilli, Vinegar, Garlic, Salt, Stabilizer : Xanthan Gum.

A little different from the Maggi stuff, but close, and still vegan!

So you know that you can use sweet chili sauce or Thai chili sauce interchangeably in a recipe. But what if you don't have any of either?

Fear not! There's a real simple hack for sweet chili sauce.

The Substitute

If you've got hot sauce and sweetener, you can make a sweet chili sauce substitute. Just mix together fairly equal amounts of the spicy and the sweet stuff, and viola!

A lot of sweet chili sauce recipes incorporate some kind of tomato base, so Sriracha would work nicely, but you can use Tabasco, sambal oelek, or anything similar. For the sweetener, try sugar, maple syrup, honey or agave.

More Vegan Condiments

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