There are 2 traditional American style hot sauces which is Tabasco vs Cholula. I feel they look quite similar in many ways but their history and their identity are quite different. they do have a lot of similarities but have different histories, flavors, and also even price as well. We love spicy food and also we love these two great sauces.
Father of Hot sauce: Tabasco
Tabasco. The most famous and well known Hot sauce in the world, especially in the US. Some People think that Tabasco was from Mexico, but actually, that is not true. It’s From Lousiana US.
TABASCO® brand products are made by McIlhenny Company, founded by Edmund McIlhenny in 1868 on Avery Island, Louisiana. It was here that he developed the recipe for TABASCO® Original Red Pepper Sauce that’s been passed down from generation to generation. To this day, the company is still family-owned and -operated on that very same island.
McIlhenny grew his first commercial pepper crop in 1868. The next year, he sent out 658 bottles of sauce at one dollar apiece wholesale to grocers around the Gulf Coast, particularly in New Orleans. He labeled it “Tabasco,” a word of Mexican Indian origin believed to mean “a place where the soil is humid” or “place of the coral or oyster shell.” McIlhenny secured a patent in 1870, and TABASCO® Sauce began its journey to set the culinary world on fire. Sales grew, and by the late 1870s, he sold his sauce throughout the U.S. and even in Europe.
Nowadays, Labeled in 25 languages and dialects, sold in over 195 countries and territories, added to soldiers’ rations and put on restaurant tables around the globe, TABASCO® Brand is the most famous pepper sauce in the world.
Real Mexican Hot Sauce : Cholula
And new challenger, Cholula. These days when you go to a Taco restaurant near your home, especially in urban cities like New York City, you can easily found the cause next to the silverware or on the table, which is Cholula.
This hot sauce is named after the 2,500year-old city of Cholula, Puebla, the oldest still inhabited city in Mexico. The name “Cholula” is derived from the Nahuatl toponym Chollollan, meaning “the place of the retreat. Cholula sauce blends Piquin peppers, arbol peppers and spices.
Cholula was produced for three generations in Chapala, Jalisco, used primarily as an ingredient in sangrita. Following expansion across the Mexican market, Cholula was first introduced to the United States in Austin, Texas, in 1989. Cholula is licensed by Jose Cuervo but was founded by the Harrison family, originally of Chapala, Jalisco. On December 11, 2018, buyout firm L Catterton agreed to acquire Cholula.
Let’s compare these two traditional hot sauces Tabasco vs. Cholula. The main ingredient of Tabasco is very simple. Pepper Vinegar and Salt. The secret recipe makes Tabasco as a no.1 hot sauce in the world with those simple ingredients. Price is reasonable 2$ for 2oz. And you can also enjoy the different varieties like green jalapeno, chipotle pepper, Habanero pepper. Personally, green jalapeno is my 2nd favorite. And How to spice it is ? their official website says it’s 2500 – 5000 Scoville rate, but for me, it feels a little hotter than that.
How about Cholula? First of all, the price is a little higher $2.49 . and ingredients are simple, but they added garlic spics. They also have similar variety with Tabasco, but the emphasis they are more like “Authentic Mexican style.” They have green pepper, Chipotle, Chili garlic, and chili lime. I think the Scoville rate is reasonable, as in 3600.
So, What is the conclusion? Which Hot sauce is better compare with Tabasco vs. Cholula ? for me, it depends. I think Tabasco is well-matched with American and Italian style foods such as past, rips, slow-cooked dishes, and Cholula is more fit for salads and Latin American cuisine such as Tacos, Burritos. The similarity of these two hot sauce is non- Sweet Hot sauce. That’s why it feels fresher for, and it’s well-matched with oily foods like pork belly.
But two choices are much better than one choice . We have choices about it, and both of them are adorable kicks to me.