Posted September 23, 2006 by Vic in Reviews

Hot Sauce Review: Nando’s Hot Peri Peri Sauce

I have to thank Nick and ultimately Nando’s for giving me the chance to try so much of their incredible product line, my “Box of Goodies” is coming to a sorrowful end but is still delivering wonderful flavor in every bottle I pull out. “Warning: Addictive” is right on the label, so here’s to the Twelve Step Program that I hope doesn’t work. Nando’s Hot Peri-Peri Sauce in a nut shell tastes good, you can tell a great deal of time and effort has gone into this sauce and the flavorings compliment each other well. To me, that is the overall consistent attribute that stands out with all of the reviews done for Nando’s, the flavor.

Nando's Peri Peri Hot Sauce

Ingredients:Water, White Vinegar, Lemon Puree, Onion Puree, Salt, Serrano Peppers, Sunflower Oil (3%), African Birds Eye Peppers (Peri-Peri Peppers), Cayenne Pepper, Garlic Pieces, Xanthan Gum, Paprika, Propylene Glycol Alginate.

Upon breaking the seal, or in this case ripping open the cool little package, the first smell is the Vinegar and follwed by Lemon/Citrus tartness. The Onion and Garlic are there too and come through pretty strong on the second and third inhale. The Lemon aroma may be in second place but is number one when you taste the sauce, very tart if you leave it on the tip of your tongue. I picked up on the Cayenne Pepper smokey undertones and again the flavors go well together- very complimentary.

Nando’s Peri-Peri Pepper Sauces
The fiery range of chili sauces are not just hot but full of taste. They contain NO preservatives, colorants or additives making the sauces extremely healthy. They can be used as a condiment or as a cooking ingredient.

  • Made with Peri-Peri Chilies
  • Fire blended with lots of flavor
  • For cooking or as a condiment
  • Same as the condiments used in Nando’s Restaurants worldwide
  • Can be used to increase the heat of any dish
  • No preservatives, no additives, no colorants or artificial flavorings, MSG or GMO

Nando's Peri Peri Hot Sauce

Nando’s Hot Peri-Peri Sauce is a fairly thick sauce, it pours nicely and contains a lot of chunks, seeds and flakes floating around in it. I gave it the finger test to try it on it’s own merit and quickly found myself sucking it out of the little packet, you really pick up on everything in it and feel the seeds and chunkiness, it’s great. I can also say it packs a nice little kick, Nando’s categorizes it at “hot” and it is- to the normal population. We here on the Blog, used to eating straight fire may say “Ah, he thinks he’s hot- how cute”. But it has a nice sustaining heat that lingers around for awhile, it keeps your tongue and lips warm pretty well and that’s what it’s all about isn’t it?!

Nando's Peri Peri Hot Sauce

I tried Nando’s Hot Peri-Peri Sauce for lunch on a chicken sandwich with a bunch of extras. I put the sauce on the Cheez-its, the pretzels, and dipped my pepperoncini’s in it. The Lemon flavor was awesome with the chicken and I enjoyed the sandwich very much, I actually ate half of Wendy’s after I finished my two! No prisoners, I go for it all when it comes to eating and especially when it tastes that good.

Conclusion: A testament to how hard the folks at Nando’s work, this is just another very fine Hot Sauce that boasts a flavorful addition to anything you decide to try it on. The heat is there and sticks around long enough to make itself known and appreciated. I can say confidently enough, you will enjoy this sauce.

Packaging/Label: 7 out of 10 (cool little packet)
Aroma: 9 out of 10
Taste: 9 out of 10
Heat: 7 out of 10
Overall: 9 out of 10

Nando’s USA
1041 18th W. Ste. A205
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Tel: 1-888-625-2657
Fax: 949-722-0102

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