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Cholula Buffalo Sauce Recipe

Homemade Buffalo Sauce is such an easy thing to make, and it tastes a million times better than anything you can get in a bottle. This Cholula Buffalo Sauce recipe uses one of my favorite hot sauces, ever, as the star ingredient.

Cholula Buffalo Wing Sauce Recipe

Cholula lends enough heat to actually qualify as “hot” wing sauce, but not enough that you’ll be clamoring for a glass of milk anytime soon. Cholula is a subtle burn for hot sauce lovers, but be careful if you are sensitive to heat. Cholula is a 3,600 on the Scoville scale!

You might remember my tales of being a former Buffalo-anything HATER. I just realized I didn’t hate this stuff like last year. A holdover from my ultra-picky younger self. Now I am a little obsessed.

You’ve seen my Bloody Mary Buffalo Sauce and the accompanying Smoked Buffalo Shrimp. Also, the Traeger Grilled Cholula Buffalo Chicken that features the sauce included here, and my new favorite lunch; these Traeger Buffalo Chicken Flatbread Pizzas.

You can use the oven for any of those Traeger Recipes above, or a regular grill, so if you are Traeger-less don’t worry!

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Cholula Buffalo Sauce

Cholula Buffalo Sauce shopping list

Wondering if you have to hit the store? Here’s the list of items you’ll need to make this recipe. For specific amounts, please refer to the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post.

  • Cholula
  • Salted butter
  • White vinegar
  • Garlic salt

This works great on our Smoked Buffalo Cream Cheese!

Cholula Buffalo Sauce

How to make Homemade Buffalo Sauce with Cholula

This is just the overview so you can see what you’re actually getting into here. When you are cooking, you’ll want to use the full recipe at the bottom of the page.

I had no idea Buffalo sauce was so easy to make, until I REALLY needed some and did not want to run to the store. Mine is a bit different than all of the others out there, so I wanted to make sure and share it with you all here.

The end result you get is HIGHLY dependent on the quality of your ingredients, in this case, so spring for the good butter, and if you want to switch things up, feel free to sub in a fancy vinegar of your choosing. Plain old white vinegar is what I use here.



Put all the ingredients into a pot and bring up to a simmer over low to medium-low heat.



Simmer it all together for about 5 minutes in a pot and whisk it up.



Use this on anything you’d use Buffalo Sauce on, like this Smoked Buffalo Chicken Dip!

Enjoy on our Grilled Buffalo Chicken Legs!

Cholula Buffalo Sauce

Cholula Buffalo Sauce FAQ

Can you use another type of hot sauce for this recipe?

Yes! You can use whatever type of hot sauce you have handy or really enjoy. We always have Cholula in the house, and everyone loves it, so it was an easy pick. I’ve also used Old Bay Hot Sauce in our Old Bay Buffalo Sauce recipe though, and it was amazing!

Can this recipe be made in advance?

Yes! This is the perfect sauce to whip up and keep in the fridge for lunches or dinners all week long. My kids like to use this as a condiment on a ton of different things, and it keeps for a long time in the fridge!

Some people enjoy a splash or two of Worcestershire in their Buffalo sauce. I omit it because it contains anchovies and one of my crew is allergic to fish, but you can experiment

Cholula Buffalo Sauce
Yield: 2 cups

Cholula Buffalo Sauce Recipe

Cholula Buffalo Sauce Recipe

Homemade Buffalo sauce featuring one of my all-time favorite hot sauces, Cholula. This easy Cholula Buffalo Sauce recipe is super quick to make, and adds enough heat to the party to make you remember you're eating something that's supposed to be spicy.

Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes


  • 3/4 cup Cholula
  • 1/2 cup salted butter
  • 1/8 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt


  1. Combine all ingredients in a pot over medium heat.
  2. Bring to a simmer, and cook for 5 minutes.
  3. Whisk together and enjoy!


You can substitute another kind of hot sauce and vinegar in this recipe if you'd like! Experiment to find your favorite.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 137Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 188mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g

Nutrition data provided here is only an estimate.

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Nicole Johnson, a self-taught expert in grilling and outdoor cooking, launched Or Whatever You Do in 2010. Her blog, renowned for its comprehensive and creative outdoor cooking recipes, has garnered a vast audience of millions. Nicole's hands-on experience and passion for grilling shine through her work. Her husband, Jeremiah Johnson, also plays a pivotal role in recipe development, adding his culinary flair to the mix. Together, they form a dynamic duo, offering a rich and varied outdoor cooking experience to their followers.


Monday 6th of December 2021

Okay, so I have always wanted to like Buffalo sauce. But I only like Cholula. Thank you so much for this recipe! It's absolutely freaking delicious! I know I'll be making this for the rest of my life. You rock!

Nicole Johnson

Tuesday 7th of December 2021

That's amazing!


Thursday 16th of April 2020

This buffalo sauce was amazing!! I did switch the garlic salt for garlic powder. I used this sauce for a Crock Pot Buffalo Chicken Dip recipe. It was AMAZING!! My whole family loved it (and they are all picky eaters that love different things). Thank you for sharing.

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