Valentina (hot sauce)

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Bottle of Valentina hot sauce
Product typeHot sauce
CountryGuadalajara, Mexico
IntroducedFebruary 14, 1954
MarketsNorth America, South America

Valentina is a brand of pourable hot sauce manufactured by Salsa Tamazula, a company in Guadalajara, Mexico. It is typically sold in 12.5-ounce and very large (one-liter or 34-ounce) glass bottles, with a flip-top cap permanently attached to the bottle (the cap does not unscrew). The irregular red shape on the label is a map of the Mexican state of Jalisco. The sauce, like the parent company's Tamazula hot sauce, is made with puya chilis from Jalisco state, similar to the Guajillo chili and known by the name guajillo puya[1]. Valentina is described as thicker than Tabasco sauce and less vinegary, with more chili flavor.[2] It comes in two varieties, hot and extra hot, and the sauce is known for its use as a condiment on several Mexican foods, especially tacos and its taste,[3] not only for its heat. Valentina's ingredients are water, chili peppers, vinegar, salt, spices and sodium benzoate (as a preservative).[4]

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  1. ^ Kennedy, D. (2014). The Essential Cuisines of Mexico. Ten Speed Press. p. 476. ISBN 978-0-553-41911-5.
  2. ^ Hutson, L. (2013). ¡Viva Tequila!: Cocktails, Cooking, and Other Agave Adventures. University of Texas Press. p. 98. ISBN 978-0-292-72294-1.
  3. ^ The Everything Hot Sauce Book - Anglea Garbes . p. 96.
  4. ^ "Valentina Mexican Hot Sauce, 12.5 oz". WalMart. Retrieved 17 February 2014.

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