The name "Basbaas" comes from the Somali term for chili, but our sauces actually build on a much richer (and spicier) history. Somalia, situated in the Horn of Africa, lies between Djibouti in the northwest, Ethiopia in the west, and Kenya in the southwest, and ingredients such as turmeric, cardamom, cinnamon, ginger and pepper have been central to the region’s culinary identity since the 3rd millennium BC.
Basbaas hot sauces are truly Somali and genuinely global. Inspired by heirloom recipes, the first two offerings embody the bold flavors of Somali cuisine with a uniquely American twist—fruits, herbs, and other flavors to create sweet and tangy offerings. And there’s more to come.
Basbaas is the only authentic, packaged Somali line of hot sauces and chutneys currently available in the United States. Designed to perfectly complement Middle Eastern-inspired spicy chutneys and other ethnic sauces, Basbaas is hand-crafted in small batches, and bottled and sourced in Stuyvesant Falls, Hudson Valley. The products are all-natural, locally sourced, gluten-free and vegan.