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The Smoking Tongue

November 03, 2005

Day 108: Tamazula Hot Sauce

Full Name: "Tamazula Mexican Hot Sauce Salsa Picante"

This is a dark red picante type hot sauce. This is the picante hot sauce! I've spoken about picante flavor before in certain hot sauces. Cholula and Tapatio have a small amount, Valentina has some, and Viper Sauce had too much. I’ve even spit some out that came out of a plastic bottle sold at a Mexicana store. This is the only picante sauce that doesn't make me cringe. It's very good.

I'm not sure what the cooks do to get this picante flavor, since the ingredients look the same as other Louisiana and vinegar style hot sauces. My only guess is they lock the bottles up with a grumpy, depressed, whiny person for 30 days, and they come out with that 'sour' taste.

I was going to have a fresh green tomatilla hot sauce today, but when I came to work and saw that Jambalaya was being served, I had to switch to this sauce. Flavor wise, this was a great combo. However, there isn't much heat in this hot sauce (at least to do justice to a jambalaya), so I also added a healthy dose of Blair's Jersey Death sauce.

I was in hot-flash heaven. After my meal, I just sat back and enjoyed the afterglow & endorphins. This is the perfect feeling of balanced heat that hot-heads try to attain. It's the reason they burn themselves over and over again. Just to experience this elusive nirvana.

I have only one complaint about this hot sauce, and that’s the coloring at the top. Every store I’ve ever been to that carries this sauce seems to have the same problem. Either the bottles are extremely old, or there’s a problem with their seal. The sauce at the top starts to change to a murky dark grey color. Not only is it disgusting to look at, but it tastes bad too. This morning, I actually got one of those small straws used to stir our coffee, and started to siphon the top crud out as if I was stealing gas from a vehicle. Once I got most of it out, I shook the bottle up really well. Out of site, out of mind!

Bottoms Up!
To be honest, I had saved just enough at the bottom of my bottle during lunch to have a shot tonight, but my friend grabbed the bottle and put the rest on his Jambalaya. However, I had another bottle in the fridge and just used that to make this shot. And, as a bonus, used some on my supper.

The flavor is simply a very acceptable, non-grimacing, picante flavor. That's the best I can describe it. Try it yourself!

Other Tamazula sauces:
Tamazula Extra Hot Picante Sauce

Tomorrow: Kato's Meaner Greener



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  • Tamazula Hot Sauce is so delicious, but my family hate eat the food with hot souce, I need a recipe of that, please help to get one !!!

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  • I first had Tamazula at Las Trancas, a very nice Mexican restaurant on Atlantic Avenue at 53rd Street. (It may be in LA or Maywood officially, I'm not sure.) They have great caldo and pozole, and the Tamazula is the perfect addition. I've never seen it in West LA, but they said it is common in their neighborhood. The sauce has a smoky quality that I love.

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