Loltun Habanero Pepper Sauce
This is a Mexican hot sauce I picked up in a grocery store …somewhere, but not the one I usually shop in. I wish I could remember where. Whenever I’m in a store that I don’t usually visit I try to take a look at the hot sauces they have and see if there’s anything I haven’t tried.
This is a real basic hot sauce, just habaneros, vinegar, carrots, onion, salt and unfortunately, like many Mexican sauces, a little chemical preservative in the form of sodium benzoate. This follows the basic formula of many Yucatan and Caribbean hot sauces such as Marie Sharp’s, one of my all-time favorites.
Appearance-wise this is a yellowish-orange, somewhat thin sauce with no visible seeds or “chunks”. Like I said, real basic.
The aroma that is up front is a mix of vinegar and habaner
o and that’s the way this stuff tastes too. It’s not a bad flavor for what it is but it’s no Marie Sharp’s. I can see this as a good substitute for Tabasco if you wanted more of a habanero flavor. I didn’t taste the onions or carrots at all.
The heat here is fairly respectable but not too intense. It does tend to build quite a bit after repeated tastings.
All in all this is a fair to good vinegar based sauce that costs about a dollar for 5 ounces. This is a sauce you could buy, leave out on your table or counter and not worry about it. It would be good in soups, eggs, beans and anywhere else you might use a Louisiana style sauce but want more of a habanero flavor.