It all starts with the Pepper… The Aji Chombo pepper is a type of Scotch Bonnet. Aji Chombo peppers are often confused with Habanero peppers since they look similar and both the Habanero and Scotch Bonnet belong to the same capsicum chinense species called Capsicum Chinense. The peppers start off green and ripen into a pumpkin orange or scarlet red.
Aji Chombo literally means Pepper Black, and is derived from the Antilleans who brought scotch bonnet peppers from the Caribbean Islands to cultivate in Panama. Aji Chombo is a traditional Panamanian Style hot sauce heavily influenced by the Caribbean. These hot sauces are typically vinegar based and are commonly referred to as Aji Chombo or Chombo Picante. You will find Aji Chombo on most restaurant tables in Panama, particularly those on the Atlantic Coast where the Antillean descendants make up the majority of the population. There are many different variations as each restaurant and individual has their own special recipe.
Howler Monkey Original is a traditional Aji Chombo hot sauce specific to the country of Panama. With just the right heat and flavor to enhance almost any dish without overpowering it. If heat is what your after, try our Howler Monkey Hot. Same great flavor but with the heat kicked up a notch.
In keeping with tradition, our sauce is All Natural! We don’t use Sugar, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Benzoate, or MSG, which you will find in a lot of other hot sauces. Plus, all flavors of our sauce contain ZERO calories. We are proud of what’s in our bottle, just look at our ingredients, we don’t water down our sauce!