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Welcome to Salsa Picante. This website serves as a database of hot sauces. Each listing includes a rating and brief review, the variety of pepper used, an ingredient list, a heat index using a “10 pepper scale”, and an estimate of the Scoville Heat Units (SHU).

2019/06/25 @ 23:21 | permalink



Tabasco Jalapeno

RATING:

  • 6/10 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

CHARACTERISTICS:

  • Milder Jalapeno and vinegar-based sauce
  • A classic that pairs well with many foods

HEAT INDEX:

  • 1/10 🌶
  • Est. 1,000 SHU

The mildest version in the classic hot sauce line from Louisiana’s McIlhenny Company, Tabasco Jalapeno plays it straight. The flavor comes from the simplicity of Jalapeno peppers, vinegar and salt.

Bottles of green and red Tabasco are as common as ketchup in parts of the southeast US. Tabasco Jalapeno is the milder green bottle. (It’s big brother, the red-bottled variant, is made from Cayenne.)

This one is not very hot or exciting, but it’s popular because it works well on a wide variety of foods, and it’s reliable. It’s hard to find any fault with a bottle of Tabasco sauce. McIlhenny Company has been at it for 150+ years, since 1868, and they remain one of the top producers today for good reason.

Ingredients: vinegar, Jalapeno pepper, water, salt, cornstarch, xanthan gum, ascorbic acid.

Recommended on: on chicken, eggs or seafood, or in a Bloody Mary.

From: McIlhenny Company, Avery Island, Louisiana, USA. https://www.tabasco.com/

2019/05/22 @ 21:30 | permalink



Good Karma

RATING:

  • 7/10 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

CHARACTERISTICS:

  • Milder version of Extreme Karma sauce
  • Strong flavor from butternut squash, sweet potato and cider vinegar

HEAT INDEX:

  • 3/10 🌶🌶🌶
  • Est. 25,000 SHU

Good Karma is the mildest variant of hot sauce from the famed Karma Sauce Company. This one is much tamer than its big brother, Extreme Karma, which we have previously reviewed. With the Ghost and Scorpion peppers removed, we’re left with only a tiny bit of heat from the curiously undefined “red pepper”. Otherwise, the taste is pretty much the same here — a solid pairing of flavors mostly defined by butternut squash, apple cider vinegar, and sweet potato. In fact, the ingredient list on the two bottles is identical. We did notice that Good Karma is considerably thinner, but not in a bad way. If you’re not into brutal heat, this sauce is a great way to sample the flavors of the Karma Sauce family.

Ingredients: red pepper, butternut squash, apple cider vinegar, onion, sweet potato, honey, garlic, salt, ginger.

Recommended on: beef, chicken, nachos, eggs, potatoes, rice & beans.

From: Karma Sauce Company, Pittsford, New York, USA. https://karmasauce.com

2019/05/22 @ 14:12 | permalink



Kauai Habanero

RATING:

  • 9/10 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

CHARACTERISTICS:

  • Fermented habanero and Hawaiian chilies bring the flavor
  • Tabasco-like consistency with added heat

HEAT INDEX:

  • 7/10 🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶
  • Est. 425,000 SHU

Bottles of Hawaiian Chili Pepper Sauce from Kauai Juice Co can be found in restaurants all over the island of Kauai. This variant, labeled either “Kauai Habanero” or “Chocolate Habanero” depending on when the bottle was made, is a classic take on a vinegar-driven hot sauce. It’s not unlike Tabasco, but less strained, leaving tiny bits of Habanero pepper and other veggies in an otherwise thin sauce. It really does bring the heat as well. The fermented chocolate habanero peppers are locally grown, and carry an estimated 425,000 Scoville Heat Units. It’s easy to get carried away with this sauce due to the excellent balanced flavor, but those habaneros have a way of reminding you who’s boss.

Ingredients: apple cider vinegar, fermented chocolate habanero, fermented Hawaiian chili pepper, carrot, onion, garlic, Hawaiian sea salt.

Recommended: on eggs, nachos or seafood, or in a Bloody Mary.

From: Kauai Juice Co, Kauai, Hawaii, USA. https://www.kauaijuiceco.com

2019/05/16 @ 14:14 | permalink



Owl's Screech

RATING:

  • 6/10 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

CHARACTERISTICS:

  • Scotch bonnet peppers
  • Rich, complex sauce

HEAT INDEX:

  • 6/10 🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶
  • Est. 300,000 SHU

The yam is strong in this one, and so are the Scotch Bonnet (Capsicum Chinense) peppers. At an estimated 80,000 to 400,000 Scoville Heat Units (SHU), these chilies are watered down with other ingredients like lime, yam, garlic, onion and cashews. It’s medium in consistency, mostly blended, but strong in flavor. I found it paired well with grilled steak. It didn’t work as well with Mexican foods due to the unconventional ingredients.

Ingredients: water, yam, lime, Scotch Bonnet peppers, garlic, white onion, herbs & spices, vinegar, organic cane sugar, sea salt, ginger root, rosemary, cashews, maple syrup, xanthan gum, pepper extract.

Recommended on: steak, potatoes.

From: Vancouver Island Hot Sauce Company, Nanoose Bay, British Columbia, Canada. http://www.vancouverislandhotsauce.com

2019/05/15 @ 23:00 | permalink



Extreme Karma

RATING:

  • 8/10 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

CHARACTERISTICS:

  • Heat from Ghost Pepper and Trinidad Moruga Scorpion
  • Strong flavor from butternut squash, sweet potato and cider vinegar

HEAT INDEX:

  • 9/10 🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶
  • Est. 2,000,000 SHU

Extreme Karma sauce underrates its heat on the bottle. The ingredients only mention a generic “red pepper”, along with butternut squash, apple cider vinegar, onion, sweet potato, honey, garlic, salt, and ginger. The label humbly brags it’s “the best thing to happen to eggs”. There are clues elsewhere on the bottle, though, including the phrase “XHOT”, and abbreviated references to the peppers involved – Bhut Jolokia (aka Ghost Pepper) and Trinidad Moruga Scorpion. Congrats, you’ve just survived some of the world’s hottest peppers.

Ingredients: red pepper, butternut squash, apple cider vinegar, onion, sweet potato, honey, garlic, salt, ginger.

Recommended on: chicken, nachos, or whatever. You won’t taste anything after.

From: Karma Sauce Company, Pittsford, New York, USA. https://karmasauce.com

2019/05/11 @ 20:00 | permalink



Hot Winter Original

RATING:

  • 6/10 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

CHARACTERISTICS:

  • Fermented cultivar peppers
  • Vibrant raspberry color
  • Local organic ingredients

HEAT INDEX:

  • 3/10 🌶🌶🌶
  • Est. 30,000 SHU

This sauce is made from the “Hot Winter” pepper, a unique cultivar of chili started from an off-type natural mutation of the Jimmy Nardello (Capiscum Annuum). The peppers are fermented and mixed with simple organic ingredients — rice and cider vinegar, sugar, salt and garlic. The sauce is fairly thick with bits of pepper seeds remaining. It takes on a bright red raspberry color. The fermented pepper along with the added vinegars create a fairly strong acidic flavor profile. It can be overwhelming with some food pairings. However, the one-of-a-kind flavor and vibrant natural color make this sauce out of Portland, Oregon worth checking out.

Ingredients: organic Hot Winter peppers, organic rice and cider vinegars, organic cane sugar, kosher salt, organic Hardneck garlic.

Recommended on: eggs, pizza, beans & rice.

From: Hot Winter Hot Sauce, Portland, Oregon, USA. https://www.hotwinterhotsauce.com

2019/05/03 @ 15:00 | permalink