Chile Pancho Hot Sauces
On the way back from a recent trip to Mexico, I wandered into the duty-free area. In the sea of merchandise was a small island of nothing but hot sauces, sitting quietly behind a tower of buy one, get one free tequila. Normally, I choose the El Yucateco habanero hot sauces - both the red and green versions rock my world.
But I decided to try something new, settling on both habanero and chipotle by Chile Pancho. They were $3 apiece. Instead of being nothing but peppers and vinegar like most domestic sauces, these were made with onion, garlic and carrots. You actually had to refrigerate them upon opening, no preservatives. I was intrigued.
The next day, I put my new hot sauces to the test - I scrambled up some eggs with veggies, and carefully dotted each half of my eggs with a different sauce. I quickly fell in love with both. The habanero was oddly refreshing, with a hint of garlic, citrus and onion, and like El Yucateco, it tasted like pepper and not vinegar. It was blazingly hot.
My new favorite, the chipotle, was nearly as hot as the habanero and was wonderfully strong and smoky, again with less vinegar, more pepper. I couldn't directly taste the carrot, but it wasn't like just chewing on a chipotle. This stuff was good - really, really good.
I hope I can buy it in the States, but Google yields nothing. Has anyone seen Chile Pancho hot sauces around town?
Get the Dining Newsletter
The week's top local food news and events, plus interviews with chefs and restaurant owners, dining tips, and a peek at our print review.