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Kam’s Kettle Cooked Chili Sauce: Natural Goodness

IMG 0637 2 Large - Kam’s Kettle Cooked Chili Sauce: Natural GoodnessKam’s Kettle Cooked Chili sauces, made in Gilroy, California, may offer just the right ‘zing’ for your next serving of seafood or other dish. These handcrafted sauces, which come in 12-ounce jars, are low sodium, low sugar, gluten free and non-gmo. You can enjoy these spicy sauces without worrying about added preservatives or other artificial ingredients. And the best news? They taste great.

RFT Editors had the opportunity to sample two Kam’s Kettle Cooked Chili sauces:

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Kam’s makes two chili sauces from a 100-year old family recipe. Photo courtesy of Kam’s Kettle Cooked Chili Sauce.

Sweet &Spicy– Made from a 100-year-old family recipe, this versatile tomato-based chili sauce is made by slow simmering California tomatoes and chili peppers. It won a Scovie Award in 2014 and it’s easy to see why. This chili sauce is fruity and complex without being too sweet. It’s also not overly spicy. One of our editors, who isn’t a fan of hot food, loved it. We enjoyed this sauce with a garlic shrimp recipe and found Kam’s Sweet & Spicy Chili sauce brought out the natural sweetness of the shellfish. This is a sauce I can see enjoying with eggs, fried potatoes, and seafood of all types.

Sweet & Spicy contains tomatoes, red chili pepper, sugar, and distilled vinegar. A tablespoon of the sauce contains only 10 calories per tablespoon.; 2 g sugar; and 0 fat.

Hot- Heat lovers will love Kam’s Hot Chili sauce. They combine Jolokia Ghost and red chili peppers with red tomatoes and sweet onions to make a tasty fiery sauce that brings on the heat. Chili heads who love fiery flavors can use this as a table condiment; for the rest of us, it’s a bit too hot to eat on its own. Instead, this would make wonderful hot and spicy addition to Cajun and Creole dishes, Southwestern recipes, and any place you need some heat.

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Kam’s Kettle Cooked Chili Sauce takes center stage at dinner.

This spicy chili sauce contains red chili pepper, Bhut Jolokia chili pepper, onion, cane sugar, and distilled vinegar for a hot, hot and tasty sauce. It contains 10 calories per tablespoon.; 2 g sugar; and 0 fat.

Real Bottom Line: If you want versatile and flavorful chili sauces, you can’t do better than Kam’s Kettle Cooked varieties. The Sweet & Spicy adds a sweet fruitiness and a bit of heat to any dish; the Hot version, for us more of a ingredient than an on-table condiment, brings on the heat with underlying flavor notes that will satisfy chili heads.—Bobbie Hasselbring, RFT Editor, Photos by Anne Weaver, RFT Editor

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Bobbie Hasselbring

RFT founder and the website's former editor-in-chief, Bobbie Hasselbring has been a travel junkie her entire life. She's been an award-winning writer and editor for more than 25 years and author of the regional food-travel bestsellers, The Chocolate Lover’s Guide to the Pacific Northwest and The Chocolate Lover’s Guide Cookbook.