Gabbi’s Chile de Arbol Hot Sauce
GABBI PATRICK is dedicated to integrating modern gastronomy with the indigenous and traditional recipes of Mexican cuisine. In her pursuit of preserving the rich culinary heritage of Mexico, Gabbi has adopted an eco-gastronomic approach in her interpretation of “Old World” recipes. Her passion and vision are reflected in every detail of her craft, from supporting local farms to her extensive travels throughout Mexico.
Hot sauces made with a chile de arbol base are not sauces you come across very often – so when I saw this sauce on the shelf, I didn’t hesitate to pick it up. I’m always looking for new peppers and ingredient combinations to test out.
The label is understated and clean on a wide bottle – you can see flecks of the roasted tomatoes and garlic through the glass. After opening the bottle and smelling the nutty/smokey flavor of the arbol chiles, I knew that I had to try this sauce on Mexican food. While not a true specific application sauce, this is certainly a sauce that will shine on certain types of food more so then others. I couldn’t imagine trying this sauce on seafood, asian or even BBQ.
But on Mexican food, this sauce is a rock star. The smokey flavor shines and gives the food just the right amount of heat. It’s a mild sauce with good structure and flavor. I whipped out the beef and pork poblano tamales and devoured this sauce.
If you happen across this sauce in the market, plan to have a mexican food fiesta and pick yourself up a bottle. You won’t be disappointed so long as you remember where and on what this sauce is good for.