Hey everyone, and welcome to my blog for a LONG overdue product review for Yellowbird Foods! Yellowbird Foods is a Texas-based sauce company that offers a pretty broad range of hot sauces made from super-fresh fruits and veggies. They’re loud and proud about the quality and taste of their products, and when I first came across their Instagram page, I was so intrigued. I reached out to offer a product review and they quickly sent their entire organic line of sauces for some feedback. Right out the gate, their branding stood out to me. Just look at that little bird! Their colors are bright and energetic, just like the flavors of their products. Read on to learn why I’m so passionate about these keto-friendly hot sauces, and check out my Amazon shop to pick some up for yourself!
Yellowbird as a company
While their website doesn’t have an About page, they do have a little about their brand on their home page:
Forget traditional. Let’s get wild! At our Birdhouse we fancy keepin’ it real, not watered–down. That’s why we use only the freshest, juiciest fruits and veggies nature has to offer — real food flavor with a heavy heatwave. Our spicy condiments are crafted to take you on a fiery–fresh food adventure. Saddle up! You’re in Yellowbird country.
Marketing-speak for sure; there’s a lot of imagery in there. They certainly sound good, but how do they taste? And are they really keto-friendly? Let’s go deeper.
Yellowbird Organic Sauces product description
Before we start talking sauces, you should know that Yellowbird makes non-organic AND organic sauces. The organic ones are the sauces I’ll be reviewing in this post, so please don’t get confused if I call the flavor by its name without saying “organic” every time! One big difference in the two lines of sauces is that the non-organic one has added sugars while the organic line has no added sugars (which is what makes these keto-friendly). In fact, each of these sauces is marked with a Keto Certified logo, which means they have passed a quality and standards test by the Paleo Foundation so keto shoppers will know they’re compatible with keto. This is a good thing!
Here’s the flavor/ingredients/macros breakdown, along with how I tested these sauces:
Organic Carrots, Organic Onions, Organic Habanero Peppers, Organic Distilled Vinegar, Organic Garlic, Organic Tangerine Juice Concentrate, Salt, Organic Dates, Organic Raisins, Organic Lime Juice Concentrate
2g carbs per serving
Tried on: Almonds, buffalo chicken sliders, southwest egg wraps, spicy mimosas (see below for recipe), keto trail mix (see below for recipe)
Thoughts: A little spicier than your average wing sauce. Mix this with some butter and cracked pepper for a bomb af hot wing glaze.
Organic Serrano Peppers, Organic Cucumbers, Organic Onions, Organic Carrots, Organic Distilled Vinegar, Organic Garlic, Salt, Organic Dates, Organic Raisins, Organic Lime Juice Concentrate
2g carbs per serving
Tried on: pulled pork street tacos, chili, nachos, fajitas, omelettes, grilled veggies, strawberry serrano popsicles (see below for recipe)
Thoughts: Immediately after trying this, I was transported back to freshman year of college and my late-night Moe’s runs while I pulled all-nighters. Moe’s was my college comfort food. And my favorite thing there was their pineapple cucumber salsa. Somehow, this sauce NAILS that flavor (you know, without all the carbs). If I’m being honest, I could drink this sauce. I cannot give it bigger praise. If I had 3 wishes, I’d spend one of them on a lifetime supply of this stuff.
Water, Organic Tomato Paste, Organic Carrots, Organic Onions, Organic Distilled Vinegar, Organic Garlic, Organic Tangerine Juice Concentrate, Ghost Peppers, Salt, Organic Dates, Organic Raisins, Organic Lime Juice Concentrate
2g carbs per serving
Tried on: Cheese-wrap hot dogs, chili, buffalo chicken dip
Thoughts: Someone tell me why I was so bold to POUR this on a cheese-wrap hot dog. The flavor was absolutely amazing, but HOLY SHIT Y’ALL my mouth has never been on fire like that. Ever. And I’m a lover of Zaxby’s insane sauce. This stuff is seriously hot, so tread lightly, and have a glass of milk or heavy cream or water handy.
Organic Jalapeño, Organic Distilled Vinegar, Organic Garlic, Organic Dates, Organic Raisins, Salt, Organic Tangerine Juice Concentrate, Organic Lime Juice Concentrate
3g carbs per serving
Tried on: Pulled pork, pork panko chicken fingers, omelettes, pork rinds, bacon,
Thoughts: This is ketchup’s hotter, younger sister. I ate this with a bunch of meats (mostly pork-related), but I also tried it on some celery root fries and it was the bomb. I plan to keto-fy a ramen recipe in the future and this will be the star of the show.
Recipes With Yellowbird Organic Sauces
Another thing I love about this company is that they offer a ton of really cool recipe ideas on their website using their sauces. It’s a little easy to get stuck in the rut of making your old favorites, so I encourage you to branch out and try some of their official recipes! I’ve linked my favorites below:
- Habanero Aioli
- Habanero Kale Chips
- Habanero Roasted Almonds
- Chicken Stuffed Avocado
- Spicy Devilled Eggs – Make sure to sub in the Organic versions of these sauces to cut sugars
- Spicy Cool Texas Mule – Sub the ginger beer for a Diet Vernor’s and the Serrano for Organic Serrano
- Fiery Fall Tahini – Sub the Serrano for Organic Serrano
- Savory Crustless Quiche – Swap the Habanero for Organic Habanero
- Smokey Southern Chili – This one is more low-carb than keto IMO, but still worth a try nonetheless. If you’ve never had tamarind, this is a good opportunity to try it. Top with avocado and sour cream!
I’m going to take it a step further and offer a couple of Yellowbird recipes of my own here. Pictures to come. You can check out the links below for some seriously flavorful keto recipes using these sauces:
RKF Product Score
Every single one of these sauces exceeded my expectations. I can be kind of a hot sauce snob, so I was incredibly impressed here. You know you’re eating a good food when trying it immediately recalls memories of your comfort foods from your college days. These did just that.
These are available on their website and from Amazon, but I’m having trouble finding them elsewhere (like in big-box retailers or grocery chains). I think these would do incredibly well in those settings, so now I’m watching the clock until they decide to expand. I have some favorites that are currently available at our local grocers, but trust that if these were available locally, I’d pick these over the competition every single time.
For any meal plan to be successful, you need variety and FLAVOR. These bring both of those to the table. It’s not necessary to grab these to start keto, but I think at some point along the way, you need to get these in your fridge so you can spice up your favorites.
These are pricey in my opinion, but you get what you pay for when it comes to real food. A 3-pack of their mid-size bottle is going to run you about $27 on their website and $22 on Amazon. That puts them between $7-9/bottle. In a dream world, these would be in the $4-5/bottle range. Don’t let the cost overwhelm you, though. They’re still worth the purchase. And you will want to get the variety pack from Amazon so you can try one of each.
The ingredients in all of these are great, and you can tell because they taste so good. Organic across the board and they use juice and dried fruits as sweeteners instead of sugars.
Incredibly cute, easily-recognizable packaging. The website is well-designed and easy to navigate. The sauces came in a branded cardboard box, which I thought was a nice touch. Point deductions here are for the missing About page on the website (I really wanted a story to connect to!) and the little detached caps on the bottles, which I’m having a hard time keeping up with. I wish it was a twist cap. Label was really easy to read.
Bottom line: 7.5/10 Recommend
Ready to try for yourself?
Here’s another link to my Amazon shop! You can find these in the RKF Recommended Items section: www.amazon.com/shop/restingketoface
Here’s their website: www.yellowbirdfoods.com
I really hope you like these! Ready for another product review, but don’t see it listed on my blog? Drop a comment below and let me know what I should try next!
Until next time,