It comes in hundreds of different varieties and temperatures, will put a little pep in your step and if you’re a true fan will have you breathing fire after one just taste. The Burritos, Tacos and Chimichangas favorite sidekick and partner in crime, the hot sauce.
Being a fanatic of the authentic tastes of Mexico, it didn’t take long for us to fall for the heated condiment. At Margaritas, we don’t just buy a bottle of Sriracha and call it a day. We know that hot sauce can be a delicacy in its own right, which is why we pay special attention to our sauces, making fresh batches and varieties regularly and taking inspiration from the place we call home, Guadalajara, Mexico.
Secret of the Spice
It’s not typically the case that something that tastes so good is actually good for you. But when it comes to hot sauce and the chilies used to make it, the dream comes true – delicious and healthy! Chilies and cayenne contain a compound called capsaicin, which is what creates the heat and is known to aid digestion, fight infection, soothe sore muscles and joints and stimulate the kidneys, lungs and joints. Plus, many hot peppers have high doses of vitamin C, vitamin A, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. So next time your dining at Margaritas, go ahead, add a little extra Tapatio!
So You Like it Hot?
We realize firing up the taste buds to the point of tears isn’t for everyone…but for those of you who just can’t get enough spice, we get it. And we have created a sauce just for you. Well, actually, the Mexican chefs in Guadalajara, Mexico created it and let us borrow it, so that we could bring true south of the border heat, North, where any form of warmth is typically welcomed. The Valentina sauce, from Guadalajara is our favorite sauce for hot wings and is authentic as it comes. And if the Valentina sauce is still not hot enough, add a little Tapatio hot sauce, which is a fixture on all of our Margaritas tables…because like salt and pepper, it just makes everything taste better.
In Mexico, salsa and hot sauce are almost interchangeable; as some salsas are so hot they take the place of their saucy friends. At Margaritas, we make our salsa fresh daily and offer a variety of options from mild to medium to hot, hot, hot. And, while we are always changing it up, some of our salsa varieties include Corn Salsa, Pineapple Salsa, Salsa Fresca and Mango Salsa.
Hot Sauce Facts
- The heat in hot peppers is measured in scoville units (SHU). A tobasco pepper has about 30,000 – 50,000 SHU while pepper spray has about 500,000 – 5 million SHU (according to seriouseats.com)
- Hot sauce is a $1.3 billion dollar industry in the US (according to seriouseats.com)
- Contrary to popular belief, the heat in a pepper does not come from the seeds but from its interior veins
- Hot peppers can be dried, crushed, smoked, pickled and brined
- While hot sauce is created and loved around the world, Mexico grows over 140 different varieties (according to hotsauce101.com)
- The reason drinking water doesn’t help to cool down your mouth after ingesting hot sauce is because capsaicin (the compound that creates the fire) is an oil and as we all know, oil and water don’t mix
- Generally, the smaller the pepper, the hotter it is
- The ancient Mayans rubbed chili peppers on their gums to cure toothaches (according to hotsauce101.com)
At Margaritas we have a full Mexican inspired menu, with salsa made daily and hot sauce made from scratch. And we have locations all throughout New England and Pennsylvania. So next time you are craving a little spice, both in food and atmosphere, head on down to Margaritas.