Torchy’s Diablo Hot Sauce
Torchy’s Taco is a taco shop chain that’s just come to Houston – with several location in Austin and Dallas. Their tacos are fantastic, albeit a bit expensive (starting at $3.50ish). When you order from there you get your choice of any number of sauces – but the only one that you can buy to take home is the Diablo sauce.
Taste: It says “fire roasted” habaneros on the front of the bottle – but you don’t get much of a fire taste. The sauce is blended for even consistency and spreads through your mouth well. At the back of the taste, I can pick up on the hints of bell pepper in the sauce.
Smell: It’s smokey without being overly so – which is interesting because the smoke isn’t in the flavor profile. You can smell the tomatoes as well as the peppers.
Application: Since the sauce is well blended, it pours out of the bottle with frightening speed. If you aren’t careful, it’ll go all over everything in a heartbeat. Fortunately I like a lot of sauce, so it works for me. Since I had this bottle at home, I didn’t use it on a Torchy’s Taco – but rather a Chacho’s taco. Chacho’s is right down the street from us, so what better to get on a Saturday afternoon for lunch/brunch?
Because of the tomato in the sauce, it’s good on everything from Mexican food to hot dogs. I wouldn’t use it on Chinese food though – that test on pot stickers didn’t work for me.
Heat: “Diablo” is a bit of a misnomer. It’s got heat – but it’s not even hot enough to make my eyes water. For my wife, it’s just hot enough without killing the flavor for her. To a seasoned chilehead, this is on the high end of mild heat levels.
Overall: Well, I’m on my second bottle of this stuff if that tells you anything. I go to Torchy’s maybe once every two months (it’s too crowded here in Houston to go more then that) and have picked up a bottle every time. If you want to try this and aren’t near a Torchy’s – send me a note and I’d be happy to help you get a hold of one of these bottles of deliciousness.