Monday, April 29, 2013

Authentic Mexican Hot Sauces for your Cinco de Mayo Celebration

Cinco de Mayo
Flickr photo by PaulSteinJC (Cinco de Mayo Parade in NYC)
Cinco de Mayo (the 5th of May) might not be much of a big deal in Mexico, but we love to celebrate this relatively minor Mexican holiday here in the U.S. -- perhaps because it gives us an excuse to indulge in all our favorite Mexican foods and beverages.

Instead of blowing your hard-earned cash at a Mexican restaurant and having to arrange for a designated driver while hoping that everyone else on the road also has a sober driver, you can save a LOT of money by celebrating Cinco de Mayo at home.

In fact, many budget-conscious lovers of tacos, chimichangas, burritos, Margaritas and Dos Equis beer will be partying at home this year, and they're already planning their Cinco de Mayo menu and stocking up on their favorite Mexican hot sauces for an authentic and zesty dining experience.

Bufalo Jalapeno Hot Sauce
Here at Carolina Sauce Company, we offer an impressive selection of hard-to-find hot sauces from Mexico, including brands usually only found at real Mexican restaurants, taquerias and food trucks. These include:

Bufalo Mexican Hot Sauces, which happen to be the #1 best-selling hot sauce in Mexico, no doubt due to their straightforward pepper flavor and authentic yet not overwhelming heat. Bufalo Jalapeno Hot Sauce is as simple as it gets:  Red ripe jalapenos and fresh carrots blended together for a solid medium heat with that devilishly piquant yet mellow richness of ripe peppers. Bufalo Chipotle Hot Sauce likewise makes the most of simplicity: Earthy, fiery smoked jalapenos, aka chipotle, provide the robust, smoky flavor and deep brown color that's preferred by chipotle aficionados.

El Yucateco Hot Sauce
El Yucateco Salsa Picante hot sauces are known as some of the hottest Mexican hot sauces around. Their classic habanero sauces, El Yucateco Green and El Yucateco Red, are not to be trifled with, and both are available in 4 oz and 8 oz bottles. For fearless chileheads who like to play with fire, there's El Yucateco XXXtra Hot Kutbil-Ik Mayan hot sauce, said to be made from an ancient indigenous recipe.  For those who prefer a milder heat with plenty of sassy flavor, there's El Yucateco Caribbean Hot Sauce, which is especially good with seafood. And for fans of jalapeno peppers, El Yucateco makes a tangy green Jalapeno hot sauce as well as a smoky-sweet chipotle hot sauce.

Cholula Chile Garlic Hot Sauce
The wildly popular Cholula Hot Sauces are equally famous for their rich, complex flavor as for their distinctive wooden tops. From the feisty original Cholula featuring piquin and red peppers to the mild and zesty Chili Garlic Cholula featuring dried arbol and piquin chilies, plus the bright and citrusy Chili Lime Cholula with a mild and gentle heat, and the mysterious and smoky Cholula Chipotle made with a unique blend of chipotle, guajillo, arbol and piquin peppers: We have them all. We also have the original Cholula sauce in 12 oz bottles and even in half-gallon jugs, which are ideal for Cinco de Mayo parties, chili cook-offs, or simply to save money with the larger size.

Tapatio hot sauce
Tapatio Salsa Picante Hot Sauce is a medium-heat Mexican hot sauce with a festive perky flavor that makes it a crowd-pleaser. Named after the local term for someone from the Guadalajara region of Mexico, Tapatio is an old family recipe that's made with red chilies, garlic and a secret blend of spices for a smooth spicy flavor without that tart vinegar "edge."  To this day, the company that makes this hot sauce is the same family that originated it. Tapatio is gluten-free, sugar-free and has no MSG, which makes it a safe yet fun choice for people sensitive to those ingredients -- and it comes in 5oz and 10oz bottles, each at a great low price!

Valentina Extra Hot SauceValentina Salsa Picante hot sauces are savory, tangy and bursting with peppery flavor. The original Valentina Hot Sauce is moderately spicy and made with a secret blend of chile peppers. Valentina Extra Hot Sauce ratchets up the amount of hot peppers for a serious heat but without sacrificing flavor or overpowering your taste buds. Both varieties come in generous 12.5 oz bottles for a lower price than most smaller, 5oz hot sauces, making Valentina a real steal.

All of our Mexican hot sauces are currently on sale at the Carolina Sauces online store, so shop now for Cinco de Mayo!

Zestfully yours,

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