KanKun – Hot Mexican Chipotle Sauce

by Thelurch on April 22, 2013 · 0 comments

in Product Reviews

This Hot Chipotle Sauce is the hottest of a trio of Kan-Kun Chipotle Chilli Sauces. It is described as the closest you will get to a home-made, traditional chilli sauce found only at the most authentic of Mexican family gatherings. There are many chilli sauces around that use chipotle (pronounced chee-pot-lay) or smoked ripe Jalapenos. Many claim to be authentic so how does this sauce compare?

Some authentic sauces are reproduced in the UK from recipes written abroad but on closer inspection to the bottles label, it clearly states that the sauce is made in Columbia.

The website gives some information on the history of the product,

“Rolando Cardenas, the magical power behind the Kan-Kun sauce, learned the art of the perfect chilli mix by sneaking into the kitchen at family dinners and watching, tasting and smelling the age-old recipes that sit at the heart of his family’s tradition.

The steaming hot kitchens were full of stories, gossip and laughter, and little Rolando soaked up the tricks and secrets of the sauces. He then replicated them a thousand times until they were as good as those from his childhood.

The Kan-Kun Mexican Chipotle Sauce uses a secret recipe guarded fervently by generations of grandmas, aunties, and mamas from the Cardenas family”

So things look promising,

Firstly let’s look at the label on the bottle. The packaging of a sauce is very important as it draws the eyes to the product on the shelf or stand, Kan-Kun looks very professional, glossy and the red text match well with the sauce within. The main feature of the label is a Mexican wrestling mask, which is very characteristic of the very popular “Lucha Libre” or “Free Fighting”, a term used in Mexico and other Spanish speaking countries for Mexican wrestling.

The only criticism I have with the label, is that it is quite “wordy”, one side of the main image has all the necessary information on ingredients, nutritional information etc, but the other side talks about the sauces use in a lot of depth and about Chipotle Chillies. I did however learn something that they were once used to test the strength of Aztec warriors!


Tomato, Chipotle Chilli (26%), Water, Lemon, Salt, Sugar, Vegetable Oil, Spices, Vitamin C, Xanthum Gum.

Bottle kindly supplied by Rolomex Foods Ltd

On to the sauce, looking through the glass I can see a deep dark red liquid with some texture and a few visible seeds.

With 26% Chipotle, this is definitely going to be nice and warm but also quite smoky. Once the lid is taken off, I can smell the smokiness. It is interesting that there is no vinegar present, the acid comes from the lemon juice which makes a nice change.

The sauce pours well out of the bottle and has a semi smooth texture, the aroma means my taste buds are now crying out to taste it! The first thing I detect is tomato, not surprising as it’s the primary ingredient, swiftly followed by the chipotle smoky flavour and it’s heat. Then a slight zing from the lemon juice.

The sauce heat is nice and gentle, I cannot compare it to the other two in the set as we have only had the hottest in for review, but it will be a nice heat for the average consumer.

The overall flavour is great and well balanced to give a nice experience. The label suggests using the sauce to marinate meat, pour on pizzas and burgers or as a dip. I personally think it would be fantastic in a bacon sandwich.

It comes in a 150ml bottle and can be purchased from various online shops including Mex Grocer for £2.99 which is a bargain.

Thoroughly recommended.

Value (8/10)

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