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I’m throwing this out into the universe. I want to be a lover of spicy foods, but my tender taste buds are already planning a mutiny at the thought of too much heat. Lately, I have been experimenting with my favorite recipes and taking them up a notch by adding a few drops of El Yucateco Habanero Hot Sauce. It gives a little kick to spice up the evening dinner routine. I have friends that eat hot sauce on everything from steamed vegetables, potatoes, and pizza. I figured why not try it on Chinese food.
It was great to split an order of beef and broccoli with Baby for dinner and add the habanero hot sauce to only my portion. I could add just the right amount of spice to keep my taste buds spiced up and happy. So I kept thinking. What else can do we enjoy, but could use a kick of flavor to and spice up the everyday?
Last week I added some El Yucateco hot sauce to my husband’s homemade Italian meat sauce as it slowly simmered on the stove. I didn’t tell anyone, just added a little splash. My husband commented at dinner how good his latest batch of sauce was. I just smiled and agreed right along with him. The bold habanero hot sauce didn’t just add heat, it added another layer of depth to the sauce flavors.
Shopping at my local Publix last week, I was excited to find some of the different flavors El Yucateco hot sauce on sale! Cha-ching goes the extra coin in my pocket. I love finding a deal on pantry staples so I can buy extra for stocking.
There’s a theory that the more spicy food you eat, the more your body becomes immune to the actual level of heat. I guess that’s why some people also have a much higher tolerance for heat. I feel a certain level of heat adds to the overall deliciousness of a dish when the spice fits into the flavor profile. I am a big fan of the sweet and heat combination so I can’t wait to try the green sauce to my Sweet Heat Pineapple Mango Salsa.
Tonight we are headed to a family get-together. I don’t like to show up at a party empty handed, but Baby had Karate testing this AM and I am super short on time. I am whipping my easiest appetizer ever – layered taco dip! I simply mix an 8 ounces of softened cream cheese, 16 ounces of sour cream, a packet of taco seasoning and to take it over the top a few drops of El Yucateco hot sauce.
I spread the cream cheese mixture in a large baking dish and top with shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes and shredded cheese. This tasty dip can not get any simpler to make. If I was making it for my own house I would also top it with sliced black olives, but I know not everyone loves them as much as we do. They will definitely devour this dip though, if my own husband doesn’t get to it first.
What’s your favorite food to get your #SauceOn and spice up by adding a little hot sauce?