Valentina (hot sauce)
Bottle of Valentina hot sauce
|Product type||Hot sauce|
|Introduced||February 14, 1954|
|Markets||North 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. Valentina is described as thicker than Tabasco sauce and less vinegary, with more chili flavor. It comes in two varieties, hot (900 Scoville Units) and extra hot (2100 SVU). The sauce is known for its use as a condiment on several Mexican foods, especially tacos, and its taste, not only for its heat. Valentina's ingredients are water, chili peppers, vinegar, salt, spices and sodium benzoate (as a preservative). The popular drag queen Valentina took her name from this condiment.
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- "Valentina Mexican Hot Sauce, 12.5 oz". Walmart. Retrieved February 17, 2014.
- Aquino, Marco (May 2, 2017). "Sultry California Girl Valentina Wants to Be America's Next Drag Superstar | ArtSlut". San Antonio Current. Retrieved March 19, 2019.
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