To be completely honest, I was never a Cholula fan before this taste-test -- and sampled solo, I still prefer the Green Pepper. But as a hot sauce, the OG was the clear winner and swayed me to its wooden-capped side. Its spreadability, more-potent heat, and vinegar base keep it a classic.
The new kid on the block's poblanos and jalapeños complement each other flavor-wise, and there's a zesty sweetness that backs up the heat. And it's delicious. Grab the green girl for marinades or sauces -- its chunkiness and flavor profile are good for using in recipes, just not as a strict hot sauce -- but keep Cholula Original in the cabinet for a go-to sauce.
Liz Childers may've just been seduced away from her standard bottle of Tobasco. Follow her to hot sauce unfaithfulness at @lizchilders1.