Chilebrown at home

Wednesday, November 27, 2013


Do you remember that first kiss? I can remember my first experience with hot sauce and it was with ‘El Yucateco’. It was 30 years ago in Berkeley California at the ‘Santa Fe Bar & Grill’. A young Mark Miller was the chef. We bravely ordered grilled beef hearts. This tasty dish was served with ‘El Yucateco’ sauce as an accompaniment. We loved the heat and the flavor of the sauce more than the beef hearts. The seed has been planted. After this encounter, I have used El Yucateco on almost everything.  The hot sauce industry has flourished and grown over the years. I may have strayed to sample and use other sauces. Sometimes we take for granted our roots. Today we will return to an old favorite ‘El Yucateco Chile Habanero’.


Water, habanero peppers, salt, acetic ac., spices, xanthan gum, citric ac, onion powder, sodium benzoate, as a preservative, FD&C yellow no5 , calcium disodium edta, and FD&C blue no1 are the listed ingredients.

Aroma & Texture:

This is a familiar odor that brings back memories. It is an odor of habanero mash distinctly to El Yucateco. It is a thick puree that pours freely from the bottle.  No seeds are present. The color is of a bright green that almost glows. This color is not natural but created by dyes. The color is unique and an El Yucateco signature.


This flavor is the nectar and sting of the habanero pepper. How can I describe this staple of thousands of restaurants and home pantries? This sauce does have the electricity and bite of the habanero pepper. The habanero flavor prevails but in the background onions are present. This sauce tastes vibrant, fresh and familiar. The heat shouts the beautiful habanero song of fire..


The habanero sting elevates its playful fire to raise the heat meter to 3 stars out of 5


I have been known to use El Yucateco on almost everything that is edible. Today a special corn dog from a local ‘Carniciera’, bacon & guacamole sandwich and a burger will receive the El Yucateco treatment.
  This corn dog was made at a specialty butcher. It is an all beef hot dog that is encrusted in a corn meal crust. This corn dog was very tasty. With El Yucateco my senses were awaken with pepper fire and habanero flavor. I kept adding more sauce. Was I eating a corn dog or just the sauce?
  Guacamole is perfect for El Yucateco. I do not consider avocado boring but with the addition of El Yucateco, bacon, mayo and a great roll, we have a fiery sandwich that pleases and teases the senses.
  The basic burger became the habanero delight burger with the addition of our sauce. This burger would make J. Wellington Wimpy ask for a hamburger today. (I will gladly pay you Tuesday).


El Yucateco Habanero Chile is a hot sauce that has been around for a long time. It is a staple at many restaurants. I always keep a bottle in my refrigerator. There is a reason for this. El Yucateco Habanero Chile is a great hot sauce. It is hot and is tasty with habanero flavor. There is nothing fancy about it. It is what we love. It goes great with everything. El Yucateco has many other flavors that we would like to share with you in the future.

El Yucateco hot sauces can be bought almost everywhere


Lea Ann said...

Hi ChiliB, just stopped by to with you, your wife and the pups a very Happy Thanksgiving.

Zoomie said...

Happy Thanksgiving - sounds like you are thankful for El Yucateco, as well as the other blessings in your life.

Three Dogs BBQ said...

Hi love a good hot sauce. My first kiss was Tabasco. I have since graduated to Texas Pete or Crystal. Same heat, more subtle flavor. But, I must say, I do like the Smoked Chipotle offering from Tabasco. Speaking of hot sauce, it is time for a rant concerning the Huy Fong fiasco in Irwindale.

Happy Thanksgiving to you, Ms. Goofy, and the four legged kids...

Chilebrown said...

Lea Ann, Happy Holidays to you. Will Elway be at your Thanksgiving dinner? I am jealous of your teams success.

Zoomie, Happy Thanksgiving. I would guess you are thankful you got your Weber back.

Three Dogs BBQ, Well it is about time you stepped up to a real hot sauce El Yucateco. Happy Thanksgiving.

Greg said...

Now that's a sandwich! Happy TG.

cookiecrumb said...

All good wishes for this Feast Day! xxx

I'm just sorry about the color of that salsa, but I totally GET that it is part of the nostalgia package for you.

We're roasting a pork belly today. House smells good.

Chilebrown said...

Greg, In the summer, tomatoes make this sandwich even tastier.

cookiecrumb, This particular sauce would probably be to hot for you. It does bring back a lot of memories to me.
I would love to hear and see more about your pork belly. No turkey?

Chef JP said...

The green is my favorite hot sauce. I use it on all sorts of dishes (it's especially good mixed with cottage cheese)

Chilebrown said...

Chef JP, Ms. Goofy loves cottage cheese. I will suggest it to her. Your post on soup has me inspired to make stock with our leftover turkey. Thanks.