Today I am going to try something a little different than what I have been doing up till now. I am going to do hot sauce reviews on four of the best hot sauces I currently own and love on a regular basis.
The Chosen Four
The hot sauces I chose for today’s reviews are Melinda’s Habanero Hot Sauce, El Yucateco Hot Sauce, La Anita Hot Sauce, and Marie Sharp’s Habanero Pepper Sauce.
These are all on the list on my home page of my personal (in stock) hot sauces. I have had several requests for a breakdown and information on how to find the hot sauces on my list. So, today, I will start chipping away at that list and hopefully give the people what they want.
It was suggested to me by someone (you know who you are), that I try using some basic staple food items with each sauce and compare them based on how they taste and pair with each of those items. I thought it sounded like a great idea, so here goes…
The Constants- Food Items
After digging around in my kitchen, these are the items I came up with:
- Juanita’s Tortilla Chips (These are the best tortilla chips ever!)
- Leftover Steak (from grilling two nights ago)
- Mashed Potatoes (also leftovers- I heated them up)
- Totino’s Pizza Rolls (I know, but I’m trying here)
- Ranch Bacon Pasta (also leftover- this is a cold dish)
Obviously this isn’t the best 5 items in the world, but it does give a good sample base for a variety of items that I would normally eat some kind of hot sauce on. (I would also like to add, I will be doing very small bites of each of these. Please try not to focus on the strange meal I have concocted here, just the results)
The Variables- The Hot Sauces (as mentioned above)
- El Yucateco Chile Habanero Hot Sauce (The green one- there is red one with the same name)
- La Anita X hot Grilled Pepper Sauce
- Marie Sharp’s Habanero Pepper Sauce
- Melinda’s Original Habanero Hot Sauce
Ok, I’m off to do my experiment! I’ll be back…
Well, I’m back. That took a while. In retrospect I would make a few alterations to the experiment.
For one thing, a couple of these hot sauces are fairly spicy, and after a few bites it gets hard to really taste the differences in sauces when the heat from the last one is still lingering. (Just to clarify for all those people who think hot sauce makes us not be able to taste our food- I could still taste the food, but it gets difficult to taste subtle differences in heat and hot sauce flavors)
Second mistake I made- too much food! I started getting a stomach ache on the second round, with three more rounds to go! I think I need to either do less hot sauce options, (which would mean less bites total) or less variety with the food, but I think that was actually good.
Lesson learned- Back to The Results
I realized as I began the experiment I needed to decide to either a) try each hot sauce on the same food item- telling me which hot sauce goes best on the item at hand. Or b) try one sauce on all of the items- telling me which item that sauce goes best on. I chose to do option “a” for this trial run.
Item #1- Tortilla Chips
- El Yucateco- It is nice and spicy, but I didn’t really care for it on the chip
- La Anita- This has smokey flavor that can be delicious, but it didn’t seem right on this chip
- Marie Sharp’s-This was the winner in the chip category for me, has a little bite and a great flavor
- Melinda’s- This was also good here, it was light and tangy, not really any heat though
Item #2- Steak
- El Yucateco- This sauce has a pretty bold (and spicy) flavor that did not mesh well with the steak
- La Anita- This has actually became one of my go-to hot sauces for red meat, smokey and spicy! Nice!
- Marie Sharp’s- This did not go well with the steak to me (but I do like it on tacos!)
- Melinda’s- This was just too mild in flavor or spice to stand out on the steak, it’s a no go here
Item #3- Mashed Potatoes
- El Yucateco- Again, the strong flavor of this hot sauce just didn’t jive with the mashed potatoes
- La Anita- This was the winner for me in this category…it really is a good tasting hot sauce!
- Marie Sharp’s- This one again, just didn’t seem right here
- Melinda’s- Too weak…couldn’t even tell it was on there (but I do like this on other things)
Item #4- Totino’s Pizza Rolls
- El Yucateco- This just tasted down right weird
- La Anita- Not right at all
- Marie Sharp’s- Nope
- Melinda’s- No good
- Tabasco!–Still the reigning pizza roll (and hot pocket) Champion of the World!
Item #5- Ranch Bacon Pasta
- El Yucateco- I must say at this point in the experiment nothing was tasting right to me…all the sauces were a fail on the pasta. I will have to include the pasta salad (and probably my recipe too) on an upcoming review. Sorry about that folks, bit off more than I could chew here- literally.
- Juanita’s Tortilla Chips- Marie Sharp’s
- Leftover Steak- La Anita
- Mashed Potatoes- La Anita
- Totino’s Pizza Rolls- Tabasco (still on the hunt for something as good or better)
- Ranch Bacon Pasta- Everybody loses
Overall Ratings for each Hot Sauce-
Melinda’s Habanero Hot Sauce: A+
El Yucateco Hot Sauce (Green): B
La Anita Hot Sauce: A
Marie Sharp’s Habanero Pepper Sauce: A+
In case you would like to try these hot sauces for yourself (they really are all good with the right meal) click here to go to my hot sauce shop page where you can read more about or buy any hot sauce you choose. Some of the brands have other flavors too, some I have tried, and some I have not yet.
As always, if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, please feel free to comment below! I would be happy to hear from you, and I will get back to you asap!