Tapatio vs Tabasco Sauce

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I’m feeling a little spicy today but the flavor of my spice is running pretty specific.   I crave a lighter heat that makes your mouth hot but doesn’t warm your body.  I’ve got a chicken defrosting and I’m planning on making a chicken, hominy soup that has a modest amount of heat to it.  There’s only one problem with my dinner plans, it’s 93 degrees outside today and I’m sunburned from yesterday.  While most people would opt for something cool like watermelon salsa or a cold cut sammy I reach for jalapenos.

What’s all that got to do with Tapatio or Tabasco Sauce?  Well, while I was coming up with my chicken, hominy soup recipe I vaguely remembered a trip to the midwest once where I ate in a diner that had an assortment of condiments in the middle of the table.  That in of itself  is not out of the ordinary.  Most diners have small trays of condiments on them.  What I do remember about it being strange to me was that in place of Tapatio sauce there was a jar of Tabasco sauce.  That in turn, reminded me that growing up I was more accustomed to seeing Tapatio than Tabasco Sauce.   When I was 10
we moved to California where I learned about authentic Mexican food and that Taco Bell was not it! lol  I also learned the difference between the flavors of Tapatio sauce and Tabasco sauce.

As you can see, tonight’s chicken & hominy soup has stirred the pot.  I’m in a pickle, as they say, I have no idea if Tapatio sauce is second nature to me only because I have spent the majority of the years of my life in a place where it is as common in the white man’s refrigerator as ketchup or if I had moved to a different part of the world if I would even eat hot sauce of any kind.

So, help me put this issue to rest.  Vote for which one of these hot sauces you would be most likely to have in your fridge if I looked right now.  Do you have Tapatio or Tabasco sauce?  Which will it be?

Apple Salsa Recipe

apple salsaRecipe: Apple Salsa

Summary: A light summer salsa made with  fresh and healthy ingredients

Ingredients

  • 6 Fuji Apples peeled and finely diced
  • 1 cup finely diced green apples
  • 1/2 cup finely diced red bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup finely diced green bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup finely diced purple onion
  • 3 finely diced jalapeños
  • 1 handful chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 cup Clearly Canadian Loganberry seltzer
  • 3 tablespoons peach juice
  • 1 tablespoon apple juice
  • apple juice for soaking

Instructions

  1. Pour enough apple juice into a bowl to cover chopped apples. Roughly 2 cups. Add 1 cup of water to apple juice.
  2. Chop up your apples. Be sure to chop them under cold running water. This helps keep the apples from browning while you are chopping.
  3. Soak chopped apples in apple juice/water mixture while you continue to chop the remainder of the ingrediants.
  4. Once all the ingredients are chopped remove apples from juice/water mixture and add to the remaining ingredients.
  5. mix all the ingredients together and chill for at least one hour.
  6. Serve with tortilla chips.

Quick notes

Add more or less cilantro according to taste.

Add a pinch of garlic salt for additional flavor.

Variations

Substitute fruit and vegetables for fruit and vegetables of your choice.

Preparation time: 20 minute(s)

Diet type: Vegetarian

Diet tags: Reduced fat, Gluten free, Raw

Number of servings (yield): 12

Culinary tradition: USA (General)

My rating 4 stars:  ★★★★☆ 1 review(s)