Monday, 4 January 2016

Hot Burrito Sauce - Capsicana Chilli Co Ltd

While ambling around the fabulous Bakers and Larners (proper old-fashioned) department store in Holt (Norfolk) I found a small range of chilli sauces by a Hitchin company called Capsicana Chilli Co Ltd.  As I looked down my nose at the range (they were on a high shelf, I wasn't snobby) I saw the usual stalwarts like Chipotle and favourites like Bhut Jolokia.  My wife politely pointed out that my stocks of chilli sauce are already breaching the shelf that has been assigned to them, so did I really need more sauce?  Silly question you may thing, but she has a very valid point.  Then I spotted this 'burrito sauce' and I stopped agreeing with her and bought a bottle.  The other reason I bought a bottle was that on first glance I thought the company name was 'Capicana Chilli Cola Co.', and anything that strange will always pique my interest.

What the hell is burrito sauce?

Part of the reason I bought this sauce is that I don't see how anyone can claim to make a sauce that suits all burritos; a burrito can contain a mixture of a bewildering variety of ingredients.  How can one sauce suit a creamy refried bean burrito AND a Jamacian Jerk burrito?  A bold claim indeed, and one that I needed to put to the test.  Unfortunately the evening after I bought this sauce there was not a burrito in sight (I was actually on holiday!) so I had to try this sauce on nachos made with ingredients from the local Budgens store.

Thin sauces really bug me, and that's a theme that will no-doubt repeatedly reveal itself as this blog matures.  I gave the bottle a shake and cautiously took of the lid and gently shook it over my nachos.   Nothing happened.  This was actually a good thing, if a sauce is good and thick it has already scored some plus points with me.  I tapped the bottle.  Nothing happened.  Okay, so I like thick sauces but I like to be able to actually get the sauce from the bottle to the plate.  I gave the bottle another shake and that's when disaster struck - the dreaded chilli sauce bottle airlock effect!  Not the fault of Capsicana Chilli Co Ltd, more the fault of my own for being so hungry and keen to try the sauce.  BLOB, went the sauce in abundance.  Oh well.

Enough of my culinary clumsiness, on with the chilli sauce review!

The label on the bottle promised lime-based zing, and while it was certainly present it was a little obscured by the Habanero hit, obscured but quite well complimented.  Overall the sauce has quite a dark taste, not as dark as a Jerk sauce, but definitely containing a nod in that general direction.  Slopped with no particular finesse over my nachos it greatly improved the dish, but didn't burn for long enough to overpower the other tastes in my supper.  This sauce is a bit like that type of person you sometimes see at a house party who is a bit loud and likes the sound of his own voice, the type of person whom after spending time with and getting to know you'll probably end up being best friends with for life.


Ingredients - Hot Burrito Sauce - Capsicana Chilli Co Ltd


  • Water
  • Vinegar
  • Tomatoes
  • Onions
  • Blended chillies (6%)
  • Sugar
  • Habanero chillies (2%)
  • Garlic
  • Coriander
  • Lime
  • Salt
  • Stabiliser (xanthan gum)



Chilli sauce stats


  • Heat - 80%
  • Lingering burn - 60%
  • Presentation - 30%
  • Humour - 20%
  • Versatility / overall joy - 40%


Pros

  • Good with rice stirfry
  • Good with burritos
  • Good with chilli con carne
  • Good with nachos
  • Good with cheesy dishes


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