new obsession: el yucateco habanero sauce

In a span of 30 years, I’ve gone from putting French dressing on my tacos (because mild salsa was TOO HOT) to becoming a real chili-head. I’ve become almost addicted to the flush of my cheeks and the burning lips that come after eating something really high on the Scoville scale. So when a friend brought over a bottle of El Yucateco, I was immediately hooked. It’s not just spicy, which the habaner- based sauce guarantees, but it’s also got a unique almost floral-like sweetness that preludes the barrage of heat on your tongue. Apparently, I’m not the only one who loves this stuff — I just recently spotted an episode of “Mexico: One Plate at a TIme” where chef/host Rick Bayless takes a tour of the factory down in the Yucatan Peninsula. Gourmet, yes, but not at all pricey — I spent a mere $2 on my little bottle at the local Salvadorean Bakery, but it’s available here, starting at $3.40. — Megan B.

From our partners

I try a lot of hot sauces, and this is the best one out there. Everything from the fancy-nancy to the homemade fails to compare. It comes in green and red, which are essentially the same, but then there’s a brown chunky kind that will kill the uninitiated. It’s really strong, in a really good way.

Megan B.

Ooh! I’ll have to try that one, too. The bottle I’ve got is getting precariously low…

OOOH! you need to try D’elida’s! it is my favorite. i get it at DD Meats up in Mountlake Terrace. let me know if you want some and i can bring you a bottle ;-)

This is my husband’s favorite hot sauce. We’re out right now, and I don’t know if he can handle having only 3 hot sauces in the house.

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Both hot sauces El Yucateco from Mexico and D’Elidas from Panama are made of Habanero chilis. The Panamanian sauce however also has mustard in it which really makes it a killer. It is so good. My last bottle is almost finished. Unfortunately it is very hard to find.