Gran Luchito – Smoked Chilli Paste

by Thelurch on February 12, 2013 · 1 comment

in Product Reviews

It is not very often we get a product for review which comes direct from the hills of Mexico but here I have just that, Gran Luchito Salsita de chiles ahumados or Smoked Chilli Paste comes from those Mexican hills and is handmade by the Mexican farmers. It’s about as authentic as it could be. Apparently in between a paste and an oil, made so the locals can just pour off and use the oil when they don’t want the texture of the paste.

So to look at the shallow jar, it certainly looks authentic with some great artwork around the circumference of the jar and a nice big label on the white lid.

This label shows a Mexican Wrestlers or ‘Luchadors mask which is a link to the favourite pastime of the farmers that make the paste. Looking through the glass I can see the very thick oily paste within.

Once open, the paste is a deep brown colour and is very thick. It reminds me of a very slow cooked onion relish but the main ingredient on the label is Chillies, and these are a combination of 5 very rare Oaxacan (Pronounced Wa-Ha-Can) Chillies, the most important of these is the Pasilla Oaxaca. The Chillies are harvested when very ripe and smoked in Handmade Clay ovens fired with Oak to help preserve them before being roughly ground by hand for the paste.

The smell of the paste does not jump out at me, I offer the jar to my nostrils and can immediately smell the smokiness, the oak comes through along with a sweetness which is not from refined sugar but from Dark Agave Nectar which is apparently sweeter than Honey.

I take a spoonful from the jar, there is plenty of sunflower oil in the paste which has turned a lovely dark brown. The first taste is a very deep smokey note, and this is where the review gets difficult, as usually I have something to compare the taste to, but I honestly haven’t tasted anything like this, it is unique because it is made in Mexico by Mexicans who really know their chillies. I’m sure they don’t have an exact time for smoking the Chillies or a specific texture to achieve. This is rustic artisan produce at it’s best, no horrible preservatives or additives here, just flavour and more flavour which comes in waves.

Ingredients:

Mexican Chillies (20%), Onions, Corn oil, Dark Agave Nectar, Balsamic Vinegar, Sunflower Oil, Garlic, Vinegar, Salt, Spices

Jar kindly supplied by Gran Luchito

I can detect onions but only a hint which is good as they are not allowed to over power the flavour of the Chillies. The heat comes soon after the full on smokey flavour and sweet hints, its a pleasant burn that never overpowers the complex flavours here but stays around and I can feel the burn on all parts of my mouth and throat, which I would imagine would be due to the mix of different Chillies and their differing burning effects.

The Gran Luchito website states “If you think you know chilli, think again, from the land that invented it. It’s a different kind of heat” I think that statement is spot on, there is such a complexity to the flavour of this paste, it isn’t something I have ever tasted, especially knowing where it has come from and the love that has gone into it.

You can buy direct from Gran Luchito website where a 110g jar costs £4.99

Flavour
(9/10)
Heat
(6/10)
Packaging
(8/10)
Value (8/10)
Overall
(9/10)

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avatar Ady February 15, 2013 at 11:32 pm

Some fantastic flavours in that little jar, every chillihead should try it

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