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It’s gettin’ hot in here!

You’ve seen our Wall Of Fire, right? Our hot sauce collection lining our wall is a pepperhead’s dream, but if you don’t know your peppers from your padres then it might be a little overwhelming.

Get to know our sauces!

The ones we always have anytime you come in are Valentina and Cholula. Valentina is the number one, best-selling hot sauce in Mexico – the one that started it all. It’s a classic and you need to try this before you try anything else. As they say, if you don’t know where you’ve been, how do you know where you’re going? And Cholula, fondly referred to as ‘The Flavourful Fire’ is a staple on any Mexican restaurant table in America, used by pretty much everybody.




We always have at least one El Yucateco – the red or green. Right now we also have the ‘Black Label Reserve’, which is black. It’s a dark, smoky habanero hot sauce with a mild heat level. Got to be tried!


We also have a changing hot sauce special. At the moment, it’s Kan Kun Mexican Habanero. This is a vegan, gluten-free, additive-free, nut-free hot sauce made with 100% natural ingredients. Some hot sauces add chemicals to make them hotter or enhance the flavour, but not this one. It’s 85% pure Habanero chilli for extreme heat lovers.


Turn up the heat with us at El Camion!

El Camion – keeping you cool when summer comes

Sometimes, when you really stop and think about it, parts of the world just don’t make sense. Such as why do so many people fancy Harry Styles when his hair looks like he fell asleep and a badger nested in it, and why do people in some of the world’s hottest countries eat spicy, chilli-laced food? Surely they should be all about the ice creams rather than curries, salsas and peppers?

Well, El Camion can reveal that eating spicy food is actually a rather good way of keeping your temperature down. Yep, as the sun makes a more permanent appearance in our lovely London town, there will be call to cool down – and a bit of fiery hot sauce might be just what you need. The reason people from Central and South America lace things with chilli? Well, because it makes you sweat, and so this naturally cools you down more!

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Ok, so it’s tempting to grab something cold like iced tea or a lollypop – but beware, as this will cool your internal temperature too rapidly, and your body will end up compensating by raising your temperature. So that Magnum you thought was such a good idea will actually make you more hot and bothered. Alternatively, eating spicy foods works to raise your internal temperature and makes your blood circulation increase, which in turn makes you sweat and, when the moisture has evaporated, you’ve cooled off. Want to know the scientific term? Because naturally there is one. Yep, those beads on your forehead just after you’ve chowed down on a particularly jalapeñ-heavy enchilada is called ‘gustatory facial sweating‘.

So there we go. Now summer is here, if you find yourself a little too clammy for comfort then come and order a taco and then dare yourself to our wall of hot sauce.

Definitely accompany it with a chilled batida though – a heavenly cocktail of cachaça mixed with fruit juice or coconut milk, cane sugar and, ideally, condensed milk to make it creamier, and then blended with ice. Now that’s the best of both worlds…

So, You’re a Fan of Hot Sauce?

If you’ve ever been to El Camion, there will have been one thing that wowed you upon entry (no, not just our fabulous-looking wait staff and bartenders). THE WALL OF HOT SAUCE. This wall, that confronts you as you walk into our restaurant, is more like a shrine to the sauce we like best – hot sauce.


It is a dedicated collection of hundreds of hot sauces from around the globe (we have around 350 to 400 in total – we stopped counting) that anyone is welcome to try on their burrito at any time. But what’s the big deal about hot sauce? Why do those who like it, LOVE it?

It’s slightly addictive if we’re honest. Not in a chemical MSG way, but because of what it does to your tastebuds. It’s sets them alight (sometimes literally), it sends your salivary glands into overdrive and it brightens and enlivens flavours – that’s why it’s so good with delicious Mexican food. And, of course, there’s the heat. Gotta get more of that heat!

Here’s a look at a few of the hot sauces on our wall. We could totally turn this into a game of Top Trumps.


Batch 37 Pain is Good Garlic Hot Sauce


‘There is a point where pleasure and pain intersect. Once the line is crossed, once Mo’s hot sauce touches your lips, there is no going back. His special blend of habanero peppers, carrots, garlic, lemon and lime will leave you addicted!’

This hot sauce is 100% natural. The verdict is that the garlic flavour adds a nice dimension, meaning that you don’t just taste fire.

Heat: HOT

You Can’t Handle This Hot Sauce


‘Designed to smell & taste great, while the extreme heat level allows your mouth to surf the big ones.’

Hidden beneath a black velveteen cloth, you get the feeling you are about to do something bad before you try this hot sauce. Sure, it might look and smell like BBQ, but it tastes like somewhere Satan lives. Seriously – one drop at a time.


Doc Holliday’s Feel Good Elixir


‘This elixir won’t cure anything but it will make you forget all your other pains and problems! No Preservatives or artificial heat enhancers. Use “Doc” for all your hot sauce needs, it is just what the Doctor ordered!’

It comes in a medicine bottle, so it’s good for you – right? Quite possibly… It’s got a southern-style barbecue flavour to it and it’s not going to burn the roof of your mouth off. It’s excellent with Mexican food flavours.



Hombre Loco Tequila Jalapeno Sauce


‘Hey Gringo, a leetle Jalapeno and a leetle tequila es good for you soul! This combination of fresh Jalapeno peppers & top shelf tequila delivers an unforgettable flavour sensation to any food.’

Tequila and jalapeños – sounds like a great match! It’s certainly tangy and will add a sharp kick of heat to your nachos.



Enjoy your hot sauce – make sure you let us know what you think!

Sangrita, You Say?!

As a house policy we don’t serve tequila with salt and lime. Instead we serve a homemade red sangrita, made with fresh pomegranate juice and hot sauces. All our tequilas are made from 100% agave and are some of the finest tequilas coming out of Mexico – we don’t want to sully them with salt!




Don’t confuse sangrita with sangria, though. Sangrita, meaning ‘little blood’, is a customary companion to a shot of straight tequila and is traditionally made from leftover juices (like orange and lime), pomegranate, fine pepper powder and spices. Its peppery, citrus taste compliments the tequila, also peppery and citrusy in taste, and highlights the tequila’s crisp acidity.


Tequila and sangrita


Traditionally, sangrita and tequila are poured into separate shot glasses and sipped alternatively, so that the sangrita cleanses the palate between each sip. We won’t judge you, however, if you decide to chase your shot of tequila with the sangrita. It’s more fun that way. It’s also used in a drink known as ‘The Mexican Flag’, where three separate double shot glasses are filled with lime juice, tequila and sangrita.


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Make your own sangrita!

A basic traditional recipe:

1 oz. freshly squeezed orange juice
3/4 to 1 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice
1/2 oz. real pomegranate-based grenadine
1/4 tsp. ancho chile powder or 3 dashes hot sauce
1-2 slices jalapeño

OR… just pour the juices left over from a fruit salad into a cup, along with some hot sauce, chilli powder, pepper and pomegranate juice, mix it altogether and there you have it – a traditional slap-dash sangrita, the way it was meant to be. Now onto choosing the tequila…

Feeling Hot, Hot, (Hot Sauce)

We all know what it’s like heading to your local Mexican restaurant for dinner. There are a few things that are pretty much guaranteed – there will be food envy from the person who ordered salad not fajitas; someone will drink too many margaritas and slump into a tequila-coma in the corner; you’ll be fighting for the last guacamole-laden nacho. And also at least two people are going to have a Scoville Sauce-Off.

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