3 Best Simple Chilli Bean Sauce Substitutes

chilli bean sauce substitutes

Looking for an alternative to Sichuan Chilli Bean Sauce or Chilli Bean Paste? Look no further! Here are my 3 favourite Chilli Bean Sauce Substitutes.

What is Chilli Bean Sauce?

Also called Chilli Bean Paste, it’s a chunky Chinese commercial sauce with a very hot spicy, salty, savoury flavour.

Traditionally it’s made from chillies, broad (fava) beans, salt and wheat flour.

The ingredients on my bottle include: chilli, non-gmo soybeans, barley, water, sugar, salt, sesame oil, lactic acid and rice vinegar.

3 Best Chilli Bean Sauce Substitutes

1. Miso Paste + Tabasco Hot Sauce

Miso is a Japanese fermented soybean paste that adds complex savoury flavours. But it doesn’t have any of the chilli heat in chilli bean sauce.

Adding a splash of Tabasco or other hot sauce adds both the heat and the vinegar acidity that comes from chilli bean sauce.

For 1 teaspoon chilli bean sauce substitute 1 teaspoon miso paste mixed with 5 drops of Tabasco (or other hot sauce).

2. Sriracha

This Thai hot sauce also has chilli as the number one ingredients. So will add a similar kick and hint of sweetness to your dish.

3. Sriracha + Miso Paste

As per out Tabasco idea, combining sriracha and miso paste brings together the chilli and the beans in chilli bean sauce. Start with a 50:50 mix of miso and sriracha to substitute but be prepared to use less, depending on your heat tolerance.

Is Chilli Bean Sauce vegetarian?


More Ingredient Substitutes

Also see see the Simple Ingredients Substitutes Index.

Have fun in the kitchen!

With love,
Jules x