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McDonald's Mighty Hot Sauce copycat recipe by Todd Wilbur
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McDonald's Mighty Hot Sauce


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This super-spicy, slightly-sweet dipping sauce was introduced in the Fall of 2020 with the debut of the Spicy McNuggets, and it was the first new McDonald’s dipping sauce since the 2017 re-release of the infamous Szechuan Sauce (sauce mob details and hack here). The Mighty Hot Sauce was only offered for a limited time, and it vanished along with the Spicy McNuggets later that year. But not for long. Due to a social media outcry, Spicy McNuggets and Mighty Hot Sauce came back to the Golden Arches on February 1, 2021, for another limited-time-only run.

Now you can get that same heavenly Mighty Hot Sauce heat any time you want at home with this simple formula and use it as a dip for chicken fingers, wings, or whatever. This hack will give you about ½ cup of the sauce, but feel free to double it for a mightier portion. Just add another 20 seconds to the cooking time.

If you want the best McDonald’s match use Texas Pete’s cayenne sauce for your hack. If you can’t find that brand, go with Frank’s.

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  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons Texas Pete's cayenne sauce (or Frank's RedHot)
  • 2 tablespoons apricot jam or preserves
  • 1 tablespoon sambal chili sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Pinch salt
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      McDonald's
    • Instructions
      1. Dissolve the cornstarch in the water in a small microwave-safe bowl.

      2. Stir in the remaining ingredients, then microwave the sauce on high for 30 seconds.

      3. Whisk or stir well, then refrigerate for at least 15 minutes to thicken it before serving.

      Makes 1/2 cup.
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I'm Todd Wilbur,
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For 30 years I've been deconstructing America's most iconic brand-name foods to make the best original clone recipes for you to use at home. Welcome to my lab.

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