Rancho Gordo Felicidad Chipotle Salsa Hot Sauce
I picked up the Rancho Gordo Chipotle Hot Sauce from the Revival Market here in Houston. It was my first trip to the market and I was impressed not only by their products, but the environment and feel of the market. I fell in love with their labels and bottles – on everything from maple syrup to olive oil. And of course, like a homing missile, I found the hot sauces rather quickly.
Since the sauces were $10.95 each (markup much?) I decided to only get one – so I picked out the Felicidad simply because of the label. And I really didn’t want another “super” hot sauce to review that might end up not being “super” hot. Side note – you can follow the HSB on Instagram (user name: hotsauceblog) or follow the HSB Tumblr site to track all the images taken while on the move.
Honestly, reading the label of ingredients on this sauce left me a little dubious as to how it was going to taste. Chipotle powder instead of peppers? Pumpkin seeds? Upon opening the bottle, the aromatics in the sauce hit my nose like a bug on a windshield. There’s no mistaking that this is a chipotle sauce. Still, I first tried this sauce using a spoon – not wanting to ruin an entire meal just in case it was a dud (we’ve all done that before). Wow, the heat in this is formidable. It’s not a super hot – but it sticks in your mouth creating a nice toasty burn.
I first tried the sauce on some leftover Cincinnati Chili – but I will save you the image of the brown sauce on brown food – not pretty. But taste wise – this sauce hit it out of the park. Strong chipotle flavor with a background hint of the toasted pumpkin seeds – this sauce develops it’s flavor in layers.
I’ve been using this sauce all week on every meal – I’ve yet to find something it doesn’t go with (sushi perhaps). It’s a sauce that’s not so hot that my wife can’t use it – and it’s got a great label. I love finding products like these that surprise you around every turn. This is a sauce I will be ordering more of – one for the collector’s shelf and many more to eat. Go now and order yourself some bottles, you will soon be singing it’s praises as well. I can’t wait to try their other sauces now!
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