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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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