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Water, peppers (arbol and piquin), salt, vinegar, spices and xanthan gum.
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The main ingredient of Cholula is the piquin pepper (also sometimes spelled "pequin"), which is a dried chile with the formal name "capsicum annuum." In terms of flavor, Cholula is definitely distinctive. The dried chiles add a slightly smoky essence with more dimension than Tabasco or similar hot sauces. The heat level is fairly moderate, which allows the sauce to season your food while not overwhelming it. However, the sauce sometimes seems a little watery or bland.
Cholula adds great flavor to a variety of foods, although I like it best on scrambled eggs; a plethora of recipes are available on the official website. With only 20mg of sodium per teaspoon, Cholula is one of the best sauces available for persons trying to avoid sodium. However, it may taste a bit plain to persons who enjoy a high salt content in their hot sauce.
Cholula uses a blend of arbol and piquin peppers. Piquin peppers are actually very spicy, so I'd
imagine that the amount of pepper per batch is fairly low, because this sauce has no spice at all
for Heat Freaks like me, but a decent little kick for regular civilians. I would compare the spice
to a low-level, mild kick, similar to a standard Tabasco sauce or vinegar/cayenne/arbol pepper
What it lacks in burning heat, it makes up for in solid flavor. Like basically all hot sauces, it
has a tangy vinegar base but contains a generous amount of spice for a robust, smokey tomato sort of
flavor. Piquin peppers are very flavorful in addition to being hot. I think they did an excellent job
of retaining flavor, even if they downplayed the spice.
If you live on the planet Earth, you're in luck. Cholula is available just about everywhere. I'd honestly
like to push for this sauce to become the go-to hot sauce instead of the less flavorful, just-as-spicy
Tabasco sauce. This sauce's wooden cap makes it stand out just a bit more than the standard hot sauces
gracing the shelves of grocery stores and bodegas. Can be found locally for under $3.
Good for pizza, salsas, chicken, steaks, sandwiches...with xanthan gum thickening this sauce, it works
really well as a strong alternative to ketchup or mustard without being like either one of those. Very
low heat rating so conditioned for most palates. If you are looking for flavor more than spice, this is
a great alternative to Louisiana style sauces. I highly recommend it! BTW, after rediscovering this great
sauce (after 20 years as a Tabasco snob) I have upgraded this review to .....5 Scovies
On my own, I've been taste testing hot sauces, unaware of Roberts or an entire movement of "chili-heads". I've purchased about 40 hot sauces and began taste testing them - day after day - week after week - writing up notes. (Everyone needs a hobby)
What I found is Cholula is one of the best and it is in my top tier! BTW: make sure you DON'T purchase one of the Cholula variants that add lime or garlic or chipotle to the mix - get the "Original".
Taste: I'd call this sauce low to medium heat. You'll need a few heavy drops for a Bloody Mary and more for a family sized dish. But it is not so hot that a few extra drops will ruin a dish. It has a nice blend of tastes and as noted, low to medium heat. There is a bit of sweetness, some vinegar and overall this blend is quite good. However, unless you have taste tested a number of different hot sauces you may not appreciate how good this one is. It simply does its job nicely, adds some heat to a dish without adding any off-tastes. If you have taste tested a number of hot sauces you will detect some vinegar but no where near the overpowering presence of this stuff which ruins so many other hot sauces.
There are a dizzying array of hot sauces available on the internet but most are difficult to find and expensive to purchase (given shipping costs). This sauce is readily available not just here on Amazon but also in your local grocery store too. That fact alone should encourage you to try it.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a very nice tasting hot sauce . It's not particularly hot (at least to me) . Less heat than "Tabasco" , maybe the equivalent of "Franks" . Read morePublished 7 months ago by souschef
I bought this one day when I couldn't find tobasco in the shop I was in. I'm really glad I got this instead. It has spice but is not pure hotness, it actually has flavour. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Shannon
Excellent, delicious taste. If you like Tabasco original, this is similar, as good as but somewhat different.Published 11 months ago by Augusto G.
This is the greatest of hot sauces. All the spice and flavor you could ever want and there's a sexy Frida Kahlo on the bottle to boot.Published 12 months ago by Misterwilliger
This hot sauce is really good for my tastes. I am not sure if it a great price for this small size (5 oz). Read morePublished 22 months ago by duckman