April was a productive month for hot sauce hunting. I seem to find new hot sauces to collect everywhere I went this month.
April 2014 Hot Sauces
First there were a couple I found in the Mexican Aisle of my local Kroger.
- Hot Sauce #106 – Pico Pica Real Mexican Style Hot Sauce
- Hot Sauce #107 – Tapatio Salsa Picante Hot Sauce
Next, I found another couple while eating wings with my family (My Mom loves fried chicken wings!) at two different restaurants.
- Hot Sauce #108 – Hooters Hot Sauce with Tabasco Peppers
- Hot Sauce #109 – Roosters Original Table Sauce
Although I have enjoyed this next sauce for years (it’s one of the very earliest sauces I ever tried), I haven’t bought a bottle in years. I saw this bottle on the table of North End Cafe and decided it would taste excellent on my omelet. It did.
- Hot Sauce #110 – Cholula Original Hot Sauce
Then there are these 3 from 2 different Mexican restaurants.
- Hot Sauce #111 – Tabasco Green Pepper Sauce
- Hot Sauce #112 – Qdoba Mexican Grill Salsa Rojas Hot Sauce
- Hot Sauce #113 – Qdoba Mexican Grill Habanero Hot Sauce
Tabasco Green Pepper Sauce is another sauce that I have enjoyed many, many bottles of. At one time, back when hot sauces were hard to find and few and far between, this was my favorite sauce.
Lastly, we have what is easily the star of this show – Chili’s Honey-Chipotle Sauce.
We don’t eat at Chili’s — or any chain, for that matter — too often. But I am tempted to go back soon an often just to get this sauce.
The sad truth is that most “chain” sauces — whether it is BBQ sauce, hot sauce, tarter sauce, steak sauce, whatever — are just not very good.
It actually quite understandable really — consider that a national chain restaurant has to please tastes in cities and small towns all over the nation — from Maine to California and Washington to Florida — or even all over the world.
And that’s just impossible.
Take a common hot sauce, for instance. A heat level that would please a Texan or someone from New Orleans would be way, way too hot for most people in Iowa. A good mustard in New England would never please someone in Denver. And consider that there are 1,000’s of varieties of hot sauce, BBQ, mustard, gravy, steak sauce, tartar sauce, etc.
So, most chain restaurants do not have very good sauces.
That is why it is a wonder and delight to find one like Chili’s Honey-Chipotle Sauce.
If you haven’t tried it, I urge you to do so as soon as you can.
- Hot Sauce #114 – Chili’s Honey-Chipotle Sauce
Chili’s Honey-Chipotle Sauce Recipe
I wasn’t kidding. I liked the Chili’s Honey-Chipotle Sauce so much I hunted down a recipe for it. It’s over on our sister-site Secret Copycat Restaurant Recipes. Click the link below and make some of this delicious sauce tonight.
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