No hot sauce brand comes close to Tabasco in terms of availability. Tabasco is everywhere – from supermarkets to major chain restaurants. But my favorite of the bunch isn’t the original (though that’s seriously tasty too). It’s Tabasco Chipotle sauce.
That smoky tang…it’s just right. If you like the earthy taste of barbecue and other smoked dishes, then you’ll want a bottle of this in your cupboard. Soon you may find that you’re putting a few drops of it in nearly everything. No kidding – it’s that good.
Tabasco Chipotle sauce starts of with a sweet tang on the tongue, but it then quickly comes to a smoky boil. But the boil doesn’t end quickly; both the smoke and the heat linger in a good way. It slowly disappears from the palate, and that really impacts the overall eating experience. This is a hot sauce that won’t get kicked around by rich foods and red meats. It’ll hold its own and complement the dishes nicely.
It’s a vinegar based sauce (where the tang comes from), and there’s also sugar, salt, onion powder, and garlic powder among other spices (read not listed – A Tabasco trade secret). While chipotle peppers are the main chili ingredient, the hot sauce also includes the same famous Tabasco brand pepper pulp that you’ll find in the brand’s other hot sauce flavors. It’s a simple sauce overall, but sometimes the right simple mix brings the best overall results.
Chipotle is dried and roasted jalapeño pepper. But while it may live in the same heat range as a jalapeño (2,500 to 8,000 Scoville heat units), it usually hangs out near the top of those limits. Still, this is a medium heat and one that many in the family could enjoy.
Anything that’s as available as Tabasco hot sauce will rarely be thought of as collectible. You won’t be placing a bottle of Tabasco Chipotle up on your crazy hot sauce collector’s rack. This isn’t a sauce featuring funky flavors or crazy heat chilies; nor is the bottle anything to write home about. But that’s ok because you’ll likely find that you’ve finished a bottle well before you could start admiring it.
It may not be collectible, but this is definitely one usable hot sauce – all Tabasco hot sauces are. It works extremely well with burgers, steaks, and barbecue, but you can go a lot farther than that. Any place where a little smoky heat would be welcome. I personally love it on eggs, and a few drops on tacos really wakes up the flavor.
It also holds its own as a cooking ingredient. If you’re making barbecue or a smoky salsa, a few dashes of Tabasco Chipotle in the mix will definitely enhance the earthy undertones of your meal.
Overall, this is one of my hot sauce daily drivers – a bottle that will always be in stock in my home. It’s a serious taste winner.
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