GARDEN GROVE, Calif. (KCAL/KCBS) – People who love hot and spicy foods are finding it tough to satisfy their palates these days.
That’s because there’s currently a shortage of Sriracha hot sauce.
If you want to add a little kick to the food served at Garlic and Chives in Garden Grove, you can typically add a squirt of Sriracha hot sauce.
“Us Asians like a lot of ingredients into our food, so Sriracha is one of the most important components,” said Kristin Nguyen, owner of Garlic and Chives.
But the popular hot sauce is once again vanishing from store shelves.
“We used to have every table we have Sriracha, but now we’re down to our last batch,” Nguyen said.
Last summer’s shortage was caused by drought conditions in Mexico, which made it extremely difficult to supply red jalapeno peppers, which is the No. 1 ingredient for this popular sauce.