Whoa, has it really been three weeks since I last wrote a review? Hey, um, sorry about that. Anyway, I’m back tonight with a product that quickly caught my eye while browsing the hot sauce rack at a local Liquid Town. The sauce in question is Hot Line’s Hatchanero. Fans of the erstwhile EAT MORE HEAT! live show may remember that James scored an exclusive first review alongside the brand’s founder, Kerry Stessel, back in April 2012. I honestly can’t remember if that review included Hatchanero, and I can’t really be bothered to spend too much time checking at this point. And even if he did, it has been almost two years, and you all could stand to have a written review of this very enticing sauce.
Roasted Jalapenos, Roasted Hatch Chile, Vinegar, Roasted Onions, Water, Roasted Bell Peppers, Habanero Mash, Cilantro, Sea Salt, Chopped Garlic
Ah, that’s a good-looking list. The name “Hatchanero” suggests that this sauce contains both Hatch peppers and habaneros, but it is the venerable jalapeno that takes the first spot here. That’s fine, because “Hatchanero” is undoubtedly catchier than “Hatchapeno.”
This is one green sauce! It reminds me a lot of a green salsa, albeit a little on the thin side compared to your average tomato-based product. But that’s fine, because this is all peppers, baby. It is pulpy and seedy, and totally in a good way.
Smell and Taste:
Hatch peppers have one of the best smells in the produce world, and this sauce is no exception. Granted, that scent is accompanied here by a bit of vinegar, but it still works wonders on the olfactory senses. The taste also does not disappoint. Despite the presence of vinegar, the peppery flavor here is surprisingly fresh, and the texture is absolutely perfect.
The triple-pepper combination here is quite potent. Though not scorchingly hot, Hatchanero lives up to its namesakes. I’m definitely going to give this one a Mean, especially since this is one product that really builds with consecutive bites. Also, we may be a week past Valentine’s Day by now, but I think I’m in love. This sauce is wonderful, and I can’t wait to put it on everything I eat. Notable, Notable, and Notable.
Oh man, just put it on your good and enjoy it. Whatever you like, it could benefit from some Hatchanero.
Kerry Stessel, if you read this and are still in Houston, remind me to shake your hand the next time I pass your way. You have picked up a new fan today, and I hope everyone else reading this gives your product line a shot if they haven’t already.