A story about one man's quest to bring the perfect condiment to hot sauce lovers everywhere.

(L-R) Tia as a young woman; Lupita's family Hector Saldivar, his sister Brenda Saldivar, Lupita, Hector's father Dr. Hector Saldivar Peña, and Hector's sister Priscilla; Tia Lupita preparing a batch of hot sauce, signature curler in place.

(L-R) Tia as a young woman; Lupita's family Hector Saldivar, his sister Brenda Saldivar, Lupita, Hector's father Dr. Hector Saldivar Peña, and Hector's sister Priscilla; Tia Lupita preparing a batch of hot sauce, signature curler in place.

 

Hector Saldivar grew up in Northern Mexico. Hector's mother - known affectionately as Tia Lupita ("Aunt Lupita" in Spanish) to family and friends -  was proud to have perfected the family hot sauce recipe, the original of which had been carefully handed down to the women in the family over generations. Perfected indeed - Tia's hot sauce was in high demand from the people who were lucky enough to have tried it. They asked her to sell it, and she demurred, enjoying instead to make it for family and friends.

When Hector moved to San Francisco, California, Tia would ship him bottles of her hot sauce, to make certain he always had a piece of home with him. Soon, those packages became anxiously-awaited deliveries as friends discovered Tia for themselves. Hector went back to Mexico and asked for his mother's blessing for his idea to bottle the sauce for all to enjoy.  

The sauce is named Tia Lupita in her honor to honor his mom and the legacy of the family recipe. Tia's likness on the label pays homage to her most-loved trademark: wearing a curler on her head while she cooks to keep her bangs out of her eyes!