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Da Bomb Ghost Pepper Salsa

August 07, 2018

   Da Bomb Ghost Pepper Salsa by Original Juan Specialty Foods is a top-notch salsa that I highly recommend to those who really like it hot. Instead of getting a run-of-the-mill brand name grocery store salsa and adding hot sauce to it, why not pick up one that is already actually spicy!  Not only is it scorching hot, it maintains a great flavour at the same time. I have always preferred salsas that are not very sweet; this one is much less sweet than regular salsa because the sweetness comes solely from the tomatoes. The natural heat of the Ghost pepper, one of the world’s hottest peppers, is quite present which is why it is one of my favourite salsas of the extreme-heat variety.

   Fresh tomatoes and tomato paste form the classic sweet, chunky base of this salsa, with garlic and onion powder very subtly adding some depth to the overall flavour profile. The Habaneros, with their smoky-citrusy heat, Jalapenos, with their fruity bite, and Naga Jolokia (Ghost) powder, with its scorching, earthy-sweet heat pack all the punch in this salsa. The green chiles, though not as strong-tasting, balance out the heat of the hotter chiles. The apple cider vinegar makes for a healthy, sweet alternative to regular distilled white vinegar, making for a higher quality product. The use of black pepper as a seasoning is more fitting than you may think. An added peppery sharpness and pungency always complements the heat of hot chiles!

   With regards to heat, I would give this one a 7 out of 10 for heat. I wouldn’t really recommend it for those only used to the heat of regular salsa or mild hot sauces. For those looking for a challenge however, this is a great pick! People sometimes think that products that use chile powder rather than fresh chiles are not as hot. Though it depends on how hot the pepper and how much is added, salsas, hot sauces, and barbecue sauces with chile powder can be just as brutally hot as ones with fresh chiles.

   You can use this salsa the same way you would use any other, while of course keeping in mind the fiery heat that it contains! I therefore recommend you use it in smaller doses. Many people use salsa quite simply: as a refreshing mix to scoop your tortillas chips in. There are other uses though that you may not have thought of. Put a couple of dollops on nachos, mac n’ cheese, mix it with mayo to make a spicy dip, stir into scrambled eggs or omelets, put into a grilled cheese sandwich and much more! If you really like living on the spicy side of life or are a person who gets tired of those “hot” salsas you find at the grocery store, Da Bomb is great for you. Use sparingly unless you REALLY want to feel the heat! It’s of course delicious on tacos, in stews and even soups for a great kick and jolt of flavour!

   If you want to learn more about Original Juan and their products that we offer here at Chilly Chiles, check out my review of Pain is Good Fire Roasted Green Srirach-AH Hot Sauce and Pain is Good Harissa Hot Sauce!

   Come by one of our store locations and give Da Bomb Ghost Pepper Salsa a try!

As always, keep it spicy!

Alexis




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Stomach pains over and over...

I would recommend this wholeheartedly but after my experience I'd say do not, for the love of God, eat this thing unless you crave insane amounts of recurring stomachs pain and spiritual regret.

It's fine at the beginning, tasty actually with a nice initial mouth and throat burn but the satanic embers begin about 2-5 minutes after and flourish with terrible abandon for HOURS afterwards. I had to lie down for an hour and thought the cramps had finally finished their unrelenting grinding assault.

How wrong I was.

When I foolishly thought the unending pain had subsided I drove my 2 young kids to a birthday party, only 15 minutes away. Halfway through though I experienced an oncoming annoyance I felt my will could overcome. Mild sweating initially, followed by a steaming, angry swell deep in my intestinal tract up to my gut and my soul. I tried with great effort to subside the inevitable but alas my strength faltered and failed epically.

My daughter insisted we turn around, head back home or to a hospital as she was well aware of my turmoil, palpable and terrifying for one so young and naive of the stupidity of a grown adult's need for acceptance of accomplishment, however idiotic it may seem.

In the end we made it and I'm glad we did but it was an experience I would never wish upon my worse enemy.

10/10 but please, for the love of all that is Holy don't eat this abomination unless you're comfortable being extremely UNCOMFORTABLE.

Great Product & Customer Service

Great service and great product! Got this for my boyfriend who loves spicy food (I didn't try it because it would most likely reduce me to tears) and he LOVED it. Customer service was great! 10/10 would order from again

Surprising heat, with flavor!

The Spicy Shark's sauces are all made in a similar state of mind: heat without sacrificing the flavor. When I first opened the bottle, I immediately picked up banana(!), then Dijon, then a hint of pineapple. I used it in a pineapple-based chicken curry and despite all the spices from the curry itself, the sauce still came out on top adding its fantastic Dijon flair, backed with the creeping kick of ghost pepper. This will probably be a bit mild for chili heads but packed with flavor. Definitely going to become a mainstay for my curries!

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This sauce is amazing, was expecting it to be hotter being reeper. But the burn lasted longer then other sauces I have tried. Great sauce definitely will buy again.

My son loved the bottle I brought home from St. Lucia. These are for Christmas.