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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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Horrible after taste

This sauce gets two stars from me due to the horrible after taste but contains a crazy amount of heat. It feels hotter than some other sauces I have that are rated much higher in scovilles. I only bought this due to the "hot ones" show to see what the fuss was about. I think it was a mistake to add "natural pepper flavoring", tomato paste and some wrong spices that contribute to an icky after taste (not talking about heat).

Awesome

I stayed away from this sauce for a while but after watching "hot ones" my curiosity was peaked. I didn't find it as hot as some of the others that were rated lower in scoville units in their show line up. For the level of heat, I echo the comments already made. The makers of this sauce did an incredible job balancing heat with sharp flavors such as sun dried tomatoes needed to poke through. Love this sauce.

OMG The ingredients

The stuff they squeeze into this little bottle, likely why it costs a lot more. I agree with the others that this isn't super crazy hot given the types of peppers used. The makers did a good job mixing it all together in the right combination. This goes great with wild game meats, thanksgiving and other festive turkey meals. But i don't really think there's anything this hot sauce doesn't taste good with.

Excellent

My head tolerance is a bit low but this sauce is absolutely perfect. Perhaps not as hot as the heat scale given in the product description though. This sauce won with over with a disclaimer that the sour cherry may contain pits. That's awesome and screams no fake simulated cherry powered in this sauce. Will be buying this again.

Disguisting and disapointing.

I'm not a hot sauce expert but my taste buds hate this rub. For a long time, I've been looking for a cherry power spice. I tried to make my own using dollar store simulated cherry powder and this Mary's product is far worse. Imagine a no name cherry coke, add a ton more sugar, a while the smoke tries to overpower the similar tart cherry flavor that actually gives me a headache. To their credit, if real dehydrated cherry powder was used, they would likely have to charge around $30/shaker. I would pay this if they added some heat to this... otherwise cook your stuff in dr. pepper or cherry coke and save money. Won't be buying this again.