It’s back to the box of goodies I received last week for tonight’s review. This time around, it looks like I’ve selected something that promises to be ideal for my preferred method of review; that is, pouring any given sauce all over some cheap tortilla chips. Among other things, Blazin’ Wild Fire Chipotle claims to be “Great for corn chip dipping,” so I’m already pretty excited that Sizzle Sauce has so deftly geared its product toward my personal tastes. Of course, it’s just as possible that a seemingly fantastic product can wind up being a letdown. I’m really hoping that this sauce is the former, and not the latter. Let’s take a look.
Water, Tomato Paste, Distilled Vinegar, Chipotle Pepper, Salt, Cayenne Pepper, Sugar, Garlic, Spices, Xanthan Gum
I’ll admit that seeing water as the first ingredient makes my head droop like a sad puppy’s. Still, I know that, despite my initial misgivings, there could very well be a delicious sauce lurking underneath that label. After all, the other ingredients look pretty good. Specific to this sauce, though, I find myself wondering if it will taste a bit like ketchup, what with that tomato paste sitting up there just past the water.
It even kind of looks like ketchup, though not quite as red. The water and vinegar cut both the hue and the viscosity of the tomato paste, leaving us with an orange-red sauce of medium thickness. If that sounds like a lot of sauces on the market, well, what can I say? I don’t see any seeds or chunks in this sauce, though it does seem like it would stick to food well enough for a nice coat or marinade.
Smell and Taste:
I’m happy to say that the vinegar smell is not at all overpowering in this one. In fact, it hides well enough behind the tomato paste that it is practically a non-issue. Even more important is the smoky smell the chipotle peppers lend to this sauce. I mentioned earlier how much this reminds me of ketchup, but that comparison really doesn’t hold up in the flavor department. If anything, it actually tastes like a pureed salsa, with its combination of tomato paste, chipotle peppers, and garlic. The smokiness of the chipotles doesn’t come through as strongly in the flavor initially, but it’s definitely there on the aftertaste, leading to a pleasant sensation that lingers after each bite.
I’ve noticed that smaller manufacturers seem to be much better about getting great heat out of a jalapeno/chipotle-based product than the big boys are, and Sizzle Sauce is no exception. Their Blazin’ Wild Fire Chipotle sauce packs a surprising level of heat, enough to scoot it into the low end of the Mean rating. It won’t really kill any fans of the ultrahot peppers, but it will likely catch lesser chileheads unawares. To complement its heat (and to compliment its flavor), this sauce is also pretty damn good. It hits a Nice balance of tomato and pepper flavors, with the end result being quite a versatile sauce. I do wish that the chipotle peppers were a bit more prominent in the initial flavor, but that’s not going to stop me from finishing this bottle.
Yes, it totally rocks a bag of tortilla chips. However, this sauce begs for some meat. The Sizzle Sauce website lists some recipes for both this product and its sister sauce, so make of those what will you. What’s amusing is that about half of those recipes look to be in the ballpark of “Make this food and then pour our sauce on top of it,” but that’s just fine.
Well, I’m pleased with this one. So pleased, in fact, that I’m really looking forward to cracking open Sizzle Sauce’s habanero variety, which I also received in Shipment #1, sometime very soon. If that sauce can pack both great flavor and an appropriately representative level of heat like Blazin’ Wild Fire Chipotle does, I’ll be in for a good time.