The Local Hot Sauce That’s Better than Tapatio—and Cholula

Before he became known throughout East L.A. as the face of Salsa Sinaloa, Hualterio Merino worked as a chef at the Van Nuys Courthouse cafeteria. Whenever he put out his homemade habanero hot sauce, the court clerks and police officers lapped it up. “They finally convinced me I needed to sell the stuff,” says Merino. So he bottled a few cases in his garage and hit the streets, going from taco truck to mariscos stand in his white van. “At first people said, ‘No, we have too many...

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