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.

 

Sainsbury’s Hot Pepper Sauce

I like to keep an eye on what supermarkets are doing with their own brand sauces, and it’s great when you come across an attempt that is actually quite good.  Well Sainsbury’s, this one is a blinder.

Sainsbury’s Hot Pepper Sauce is very much in the style of a Caribbean Scotch Bonnet sauce such as Windward West Indian sauce, or the Encona Hot Pepper sauce.  The sauce has a great colour and large visible pieces of Habanero within it, and has a loose and chunky consistency.

The flavour is fresh and fruity (what you’d expect from a Habanero sauce), and has short punchy heat followed by a longer burn which is actually quite devastating if you have a lot of it, we’re talking tears over a tablespoon.

A really good own-brand sauce.  Although it’s a great sauce for the price (£1.25), I personally wouldn’t buy it again since there are better examples of this style of sauce out there, however it’s worth a punt if your Sainsbury’s stocks it.

UPDATE:

After a few more tastes and chats with friends, I think I would perhaps buy this again over brands like Encona or Windward (which share shelf space) .  This sauce by Sainsbury’s has an very special individuality; for an own-brand sauce I can do nothing but tip one’s cap.