Bottle of Valentina hot sauce
Product typeHot sauce
CountryGuadalajara, Mexico
IntroducedFebruary 14, 1954
MarketsNorth America, South America

Valentina is a hot sauce brand manufactured by Salsa Tamazula, a company based in Guadalajara, Mexico. Like the parent company's Tamazula hot sauce, Valentina is made with puya chilis from Jalisco state, similar to the Guajillo chili and known by the name guajillo puya.[1]

Valentina is typically sold in 12.5-ounce and large (one-liter or 34-ounce) glass bottles, with a flip-top cap permanently attached to the bottle. The cap does not unscrew. The red shape on the label is an outline of the Mexican state of Jalisco. Valentina is described as thicker than Tabasco sauce and less vinegary, with more chili flavor.[2] It comes in two varieties: hot (900 Scoville Heat Units)[3] and extra hot (2100 SHU).[4] The sauce is known for its taste and its use as a condiment on several Mexican foods, especially street fare.[5] Valentina's ingredients are water, chili peppers, vinegar, salt, spices and the preservative sodium benzoate.[6]

The sauce is named for Valentina Ramírez Avitia, a Mexican revolutionary.[7]

See also


  1. ^ Kennedy, D. (2014). The Essential Cuisines of Mexico. Ten Speed Press. p. 476. ISBN 978-0-553-41911-5.
  2. ^ Hutson, L. (2013). ¡Viva Tequila!: Cocktails, Cooking, and Other Agave Adventures. University of Texas Press. p. 98. ISBN 978-0-292-72294-1.
  3. ^ "Hottest Hot Sauces: Popular Hot Sauce Ranked on a Chart". Thrillist. March 14, 2019. Retrieved March 19, 2019.
  4. ^ "19. Valentina Salas Picanto - Extra Hot - Hot sauces, ranked by heat - Pictures". CBS News. Retrieved March 19, 2019.
  5. ^ Garbes, Anglea (December 15, 2011). The Everything Hot Sauce Book. p. 96. ISBN 9781440530111. Archived from the original on March 12, 2017. Retrieved October 13, 2016.
  6. ^ "Valentina Mexican Hot Sauce, 12.5 oz". Walmart. Retrieved February 17, 2014.
  7. ^ Fauzia, Miriam (September 17, 2021). "Fact check: Yes, the popular hot sauce Salsa Valentina is named after Mexico's 'Mulan'". USA TODAY. Retrieved September 21, 2021.