- Available in 12 and 34 ounces
- Is a hot chili sauce with spices
- Is a Mexican hot sauce
Too much vinegar in this variety. The “extra hot” version (look for a black background on the label) is much better
The regular variety of Valentina hot sauce is heavily laden with vinegar. Yet, if you like a lot of vinegar in your hot sauce, you might really like this one. It tastes very much like Frank’s hot sauce or even the original Tabasco hot sauce (once diluted). Unless you like a heavy dose of vinegar, this variety is Not Recommended. But keep in mind that a lot of vinegar is what many Americans are used to and may actually prefer.
The “extra hot” version is much better balanced in my view. The vinegar is in the background and while this variety is a tiny bit hotter – it is far from being “extra hot”.
To tell the two versions apart – keep in mind that the regular variety has a light yellow background on the label while the so-called “extra hot” version has a black background on the label. In very small type, on the “extra hot” variety, you will see the words “extra hot” but that is easy to miss. Use the label background to tell the two versions apart.
Make no mistake, the two versions of this sauce are worlds apart. The regular version has a heavy vinegar taste and the hotter version, which is not much hotter, is far better balanced in my view. See my review of the “extra hot” variety for more comments.
A very good alternative to Cholula
Overall: highly recommended.
Similar to Frank’s Hot Sauce
A pleasant hot sauce
This has become my preferred hot sauce. I had never heard of the brand before but saw it on the shelf at WalMart maybe a year ago and bought a small bottle to try. I really like it so it is now what I use mostly as hot sauce, several times a day usually. It comes in regular and extra hot. I have tried both and prefer the extra hot, although it is not that hot. It is about right for me. I go through a bottle or 2 a month.
Ingredients: Water, Chili Peppers, Vinegar, Salt, Spices, 0.1% sodium benzoate as a preservative.
As an added bonus, the 1 liter bottles are <$XX. Made in Mexico. it comes in a smaller bottle as well, but I get the 1 liter size. I have one at work and one at home.