Muy Caliente

Is everyone ready for the weekend/summer?! It’s been so windy these past few days that I almost fell over when I got out of my car today. Now that is intense.

I have an urge to spice up the last day of the work week from now on and start a Friday Five. Basically, it will be a list of five different things of your choosing every week. I know there is already a MIMM and WIAW, would you be interested in joining Friday Five?

Last week I did my favorite organic cleansing/beauty products (Friday three? I’ll probably add to it early next month), and this week I’m doing my five favorite hot sauces.

Did you know that chili peppers contains more Vitamin A than a carrot? That was a new fact for me! Capsaicin is what puts the pungency in chile. Also, the heat in a pepper is in it’s membranes and not the seeds, contrary to popular belief.

My opinion is that spicy is one of the best flavors our tongues gifted us. I seriously pour hot sauce on everything, I would even go so far to call it an addiction. Any other chilé lovers out there?

With that, I’d like to introduce:

#1, Cholula

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Cholula is a mild hot sauce made mostly with pequin peppers. The company started and is located in Guadalajara, Mexico. My friend and his girlfriend actually toured the factory that makes this hot sauce and they said it was really cool, if you’re ever in the area you should check it out. I really like dumping it all over my popcorn and it’s also great in tacos.

#2, Crystal

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Crystal Hot Sauce has a distinct cayenne and vinegar taste. It’s a traditional New Orleans flavor and goes absolutely amazing with Popeye’s fried chicken (guilty pleasure) and any Southern/Cajun type of cooking. Making waffles and find out last minute you’re out of syrup? Use Crystals, baby!

#3, Sol Food’s Pique Hot Sauce

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Worse picture of hot sauce ever, but Sol Food‘s secret sauce is no joke. I don’t normally go to San Rafael, but when I do, I also make it a point to buy this heaven in a bottle. The last time I went was early January, which makes me sad. This hot sauce also has a vinegar taste and it’s not that hot, I give it four peppers out of ten in spiciness.

#4, Tapatío

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Tapatío is a classic hot sauce I think everyone has tried once in their lives. Don’t be fooled by the Mexican mustache on the mascot, it’s actually started and produced in California. I also like Tapatio on popcorn, chips and it’s also great on seafood!

#5, El Yucateco

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Now this is the moment we’ve all been waiting for, this is my absolute favorite hot sauce ever. It’s habanero, meaning it’s very very spicy. I usually dose it on everything (see the taquitos and sad eggs). We always have 2-3 bottles stocked JUST INCASE it runs out, so it won’t turn into a stage 9 disaster in the Lisbon household. El Yucateco, I love you.

Last night I made chicken with thyme and oregano, microwaved a yam, sautéed mushrooms and carrots with habanero and cut up an avocado with mozzarella. The avocado wasn’t quite ripe yet, it left a bad taste in my mouth. Everything else tasted great though! The mushrooms and carrots were my favorite part.

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I had my final lab exam today and one girl left crying. I actually didn’t think I did too bad, we’ll find out when my final grades come out! Chi surprised me and brought home PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY CUPCAKES!! What! I never had one before. Thanks Chi Chi!!

(I feel like a Susiecakes groupie for always mentioning them, but out of the 10,000 cupcake places in San Francisco, this one is my absolute favorite!)

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What is your favorite hot sauce that you would recommend me? How do you feel about Friday Five; keep it or leave it?

4 thoughts on “Muy Caliente

  1. I’ll have to look into these because my husband LOVES hot sauce. Right now, all we have at home is Sriracha. It’s good but a little variety never hurts! Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend!

  2. this is such an interesting post — i like hot sauce, but i usually just use whatever’s around me. now i know a little more about each brand 🙂

    alsoo i was seriously debating what to eat for dinner, but that picture of a piece of chicken on top of a yam sounds like it’ll hit the spot. now to find some veggies to go along with it!

    ps. i like this Friday 5 idea 🙂

  3. oh yeah, chile!… nice article… It’s not an addiction, it’s just the thrill of so much different taste and heat…. speaking of varieties… habaneros are my favourite… enough heat and good tasting.. tried Habanero Chocolate yet?

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