Hot sauce, chili sauce or pepper sauce refers to any spicy sauce made from chili peppers and other ingredients. There are many recipes for hot sauces - the common ingredient being any kind of chili pepper. A group of chemicals called capsaicinoids are responsible for the heat in chili peppers. The peppers are infused in anything from vinegar, oil, water, beer and alcohol to fruits and vegetable pulp. Additional ingredients are often used, including those used to add extra heat, such as pure capsaicin extract and mustards. New Zealand has had many influences reflecting the increasingly diverse ethnicity of its population.
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