Tapatío hot sauce

Tapatío Hot Sauce
Industry Food production
Founder Jose-Luis Saavedra, Sr.
Headquarters Vernon, California, U.S.
Area served
North America
Products Hot sauce
Website Tapatiohotsauce.com

Tapatío is a hot sauce, produced in Vernon, California, that can be found at many grocery stores in the United States.

"Tapatío" is the name given to people from Guadalajara, Jalisco: the company's founders come from Guadalajara. It is exported to Mexico, Canada, Central America, Australia and a few countries in Europe.

The ingredients, as listed on the product label, are: water, red peppers, salt, spices, garlic, acetic acid, xanthan gum and sodium benzoate as a preservative. Tapatío comes in five sizes: 5, 10, and 32 fl oz., and 1 gallon (3.785 liters), as well as in 7 gram packets.

The product slogan is "Es una salsa ... Muy salsa" (roughly, "It's a sauce... (that's) very saucy").

In 2011, Frito Lay released a line of Tapatío flavored Doritos,[1] Ruffles,[2] and Fritos[3] in the United States.[4]

Company background

The Tapatío Hot Sauce company was started in 1971 by Jose-Luis Saavedra, Sr., in a 750-square-foot (70 m2) warehouse in Maywood, California.[5] In 1985, the company moved to a 8,500-square-foot (790 m2) facility in Vernon, California, 5 miles (8.0 km) from Downtown Los Angeles. Although larger than the first location, the new factory had a single loading dock and limited storage space, which created a new series of problems for the company. After a long search, a site was found for a developer to custom-build a new 30,000-square-foot (2,800 m2) facility, which Tapatío presently occupies. The new factory has several loading docks and automated production.

See also


  1. Doritos Tapatío. Frito Lay Product Page.
  2. Ruffles Tapatío Limon. Frito Lay Product Page.
  3. Fritos Tapatío. Frito Lay Product Page.
  4. Press Release on new Frito Lay Tapatío Hot Sauce Flavors. Frito Lay Press Release Archive.
  5. Tapatio Hot Sauce - History. Accessed September 2009.
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