Sainsbury’s Smokey Chipotle Chilli Ketchup

Chipotle chillis are smoked jalapenos, usually dried or preserved in sauce, which add a wonderful warm and rich smokiness to foods.  Sainsbury’s have brought out a tomato ketchup that has the trendy ingredient added to it – Sainsbury’s Smokey Chipotle Chilli Ketchup.

The ketchup is slightly darker than a standard ketchup, and the consistency is perhaps slightly thicker too.

Sainsbury’s Smokey Chipotle Chilli Ketchup initially tastes very familiar – the super sweet tomato ketchup flavour is here, balanced with a slight vinegar tang, but the sauce soon develops into a rich, savoury, unami flavour in the mouth, a subtle smokiness making it’s way through at the end of the tasting.  The smokiness is not harsh or dominating, it adds a bit of ‘bonfire’ to the sauce.

I can’t get any chilli heat from the ketchup which is a shame, but I’d be interested to know if anyone else does.  I’m not going mark it down for this since it’s not labelled as a ketchup with lots of chilli heat.  I suppose you could always add some chilli flakes to the ketchup, something I’ll be doing.

Sainsbury’s Smokey Chipotle Chilli Ketchup is a nice ketchup, the chipotle chilli adds an interesting smokey savoury note to an otherwise sweet ketchup.    It goes brilliantly with food as ketchup tends to, but thanks to the chipotle this is more interesting to add to foods than other ketchups.

The sauce is priced at £1.00 for 310g, while Sainsbury’s standard ketchup is priced at £1.20 for 680g. If you’re talking value for money, I don’t believe that Sainsbury’s Smokey Chipotle Chilli Ketchup is interesting or different enough to purchase over Sainsbury’s standard ketchup.  If Sainsbury’s added some chilli heat to this ketchup then it would make it much more attractive to buy at that price.

 

Tabasco Sweet Chipotle and Cola Sauce & Marinade

Tabasco have got to be one of the biggest hot sauce brands out there right?  I’ve always been surprised by how little they’ve expanded their product range, so I was not surprised to see this Tabasco Sweet Chipotle and Cola Sauce & Marinade in my local Sainsbury’s.

Say the words Tabasco, Chipotle, and Cola in the same sentence to me and I’ll always get very excited, until now.  Yep I’m not impressed with this effort from Tabasco and it’s been hanging out in my cupboard for months now, I keep trying with it different foods either as a sauce or marinade but I just can’t get on with it.

The sauce is very thick and comes out of the bottle quite clumpy, great for a marinade but not great for a table sauce.  The taste is very sweet with a tame cola-ish flavour, which then gets backed up by a slightly smoky heat which is actually quite pokey if you eat enough of it.  Strangely the heat doesn’t hang around when applied to food which is then later cooked (ribs, chicken thighs etc), which is disappointing.

Overall this sauce is overly sweet, quite bland, and doesn’t have any depth.  It could do with some more acidity and perhaps more seasoning.  When you look at the long ingredients list (see image below), it’s not surprising that this sauce just tastes a bit generic and sugary.  It’s such a shame since Tabasco’s core product has only THREE ingredients, all natural, which is a world away from Tabasco Sweet Chipotle and Cola Sauce & Marinade.

Not impressed Tabasco, you need to try much harder than this.