Since Valentina sauce is probably found in every Mexican home, you’ll find many different variations of the sauce throughout the country.
Some like it spicier, while others prefer a mild chili flavor.
Recipes vary, and yours should too.
You can tweak it a bit to suit your palate without completely changing the Valentina sauce.
Here are the best substitutes you can consider for Valentina hot sauce that won’t even be noticeable.
Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar not only has many health benefits, but also has a unique tart flavor with hints of fruit.
While fruity notes may not sound like the best combination, apple cider vinegar is still a great substitute for white vinegar, especially in this hot sauce.
A little sweetness in a hot chili sauce would be your special trick.
For best results, use the 1:1 substitution ratio.
So, for the Valentina hot sauce, it’s 1 cup of apple cider vinegar to 1 cup of white vinegar.
Since chili powder is the star of this recipe, you can’t stray too far from it.
That being said, cayenne pepper, as the main ingredient in chili powder, is a great substitute to consider.
There’s a catch though: The flavor of the cayenne pepper will drown out all the other spices in the powder.
So if you decide to use dried, ground cayenne pepper, use ⅛ tablespoon of cayenne pepper for 1 tablespoon of chili powder.
Otherwise, your mouth will burn!