Ancho Mama’s Hot Sauce That’s Not Hot!
All hat and no cattle is a phrase you hear in Texas – and that’s what this “hot sauce” is. It’s all flavor and no heat. But, it proudly declares the fact that it’s not hot on the label, so you can’t knock it too hard. Made from ancho chiles (dried poblanos), this sauce smells and looks like a steak sauce. If I had a steak to try this on, I would have. But instead, I have the mother in-law’s meatloaf. This meatloaf is far from the “Nut Loaf” of years past – my mother inlaw makes hers with veal, pork and beef. It’s no joke.
So since it was a weeknight – I sliced off a piece within 5 minutes of getting home, warmed it up and slathered some Ancho Mama’s on it and went to town.
Despite being made with dried chiles, this sauce doesn’t have the after taste that most re-hydrated sauces have. Some reviews have mentioned that this sauce has a raisin like taste – but I beg to differ. This isn’t a sweet and doesn’t have a fruity taste – it’s decidedly earth and savory. If I had time to cook during the week, I would have mixed this in as a base for a sauce/soup or even as a marinade. It’s a great sauce to put on leftovers like I did, but I’m positive it will shine as an ingredient within a dish – this is one of those sauces that can cross from a topping and into cooking – and enhance your dish in different ways each time.
I would definitely buy this sauce again – in fact, I think I’ll store this bottle at the office and get another for home. You never know when you need a quick go to sauce for a boring lunch or when you need a flavor enhancer for a home crafted meal.