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Born to Hula Habanero Ancho Hot Sauce

September 16, 2019

Born to Hula is a brand from New Jersey, USA and have been continuously dedicated to creating high quality products made with only simple, natural ingredients. They also believe in creating sauces that put flavour before fire. I can totally relate to their slogan: “It’s not just a hot sauce, it’s a way of life!” I’m sure many of you feel the same way about the hot sauces and spicy products you enjoy on a daily basis. We carry many of their products online and in-store including award-winning hot sauces, a Biergarten Mustard, and the very popular Imperial Apple BBQ Sauce. Why not check them out!

The flavour profile of Habanero Ancho is tangy, sweet, lightly smoky, and relatively mild. It’s very reminiscent of most Mexican-style hot sauces due to its ingredients and heat level. So, if you like those, you’re almost guaranteed to enjoy this one. The product description on our website describes it perfectly: “This is a salsa-style hot sauce with a Mexican tilt and a great vinegar punch. It has a little bit of everything – smoke, sweet, savoury flavors & kick.” This sauce was actually the winner of the 2013 Golden Chile Award, 1st Place Pepper Blend at the 2011 Hot Pepper Awards and Voted Best Sauce at the 2012 Peppers at the Beach Tailgate Party. This all comes as no surprise to me given that this is a tasty, well-balanced product!

Red bell pepper brings out some sweetness, with the distilled vinegar making the sauce have a bit of a tangy quality and a rather liquid consistency. Ancho chiles, which are actually dried poblano peppers, add a sweet and smoky quality with only some mild heat, while the red and orange habanero peppers bring out just a bit of spice and citrusy flavour. Garlic and onion powder add some zing to make this a slightly more robust sauce. Lime juice brings out some citrus flavour while the cumin adds a little earthy spice at the end, which I found to be a nice touch given that it’s a very popular ingredient in Mexican food.

In terms of heat I would give this one a 2 out of 10. It’s very mild for a habanero-based hot sauce and may even be the mildest one I’ve enjoyed up until this point. That’s not necessarily a bad thing if you’re just looking for straight up flavour rather than heat or even a perfect balance between the two. If you are a fan of habanero heat however and are looking for a sauce that will spice up your taste buds, then this probably isn’t the sauce you’re looking for. I do think that anyone who likes Mexican hot sauces like El Yucateco, Cholula, Tapatio, or Valentina will appreciate this one as long as you’re not looking for much of a burn.

Habanero Ancho is great on all your favourite Mexican, Tex-Mex, and comfort foods! Add some to your tacos, nachos, enchiladas, burrito bowls, tamales, quesadillas, soups, sour cream dips, guacamole, sandwiches, steak, chili, hamburgers, hot dogs, grilled veggies, all kinds of potato-based dishes and more!

Come by one of our store locations and give Born to Hula Habanero Ancho Hot Sauce a try! You won’t regret it!

As always, Keep it spicy!

Alexis




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