We make it hot
We are small batch, husband and wife, hot sauce and pepper jelly producers. Our commercial kitchen is located in Yuma, Arizona. We are located 26 miles north of the Sonora, Mexico border.
Our mission at Mama Bella Hot Sauce, LLC is taming the fantastic flavor of the habanero peppers into delicious hot sauces and jellies. We provide high-quality products and produce them without any artificial additives and only natural ingredients. We do not claim, nor is it our goal, to have the hottest hot sauces and jellies on the market. Our goal is that your meals will be more enhanced and enjoyable, because you included our products in them!
Who is mama bella?
My mother, Bella Gloria Gonzalez, was a very health conscious individual but ironically, she refused to step into a doctor’s office. She was a distributor and consumer of wellness products. We acknowledged the products she took were very good but as a family we encouraged her to consult with a physician at least for a yearly checkup.
Everyone who knew my mother admired the energy and stamina she had. One night in September, 2006 she phoned me and told me she had the sensation something was stuck in her throat and she decided she was going to cough it up no matter what it took. I hurried to her house and recognizing that she needed immediate medical care I rushed her to the emergency room where she was rushed through the system. Within about a week we had a diagnosis of stage 4 squamous (small) cell carcinoma in one of the lungs. She was treated with chemotherapy but as hard as she fought, she succumbed to the illness 7 months later on April 2007 the day she turned 66.
For many years my family encouraged me to bottle (can) my habanero salsa. Year after year kept going by and there was an internal fight within me: I knew we had a great product but I also knew it would entail a lot of work. And then the fear of bringing a food product to market overwhelmed me. (Click on photo to read more!)
Our Hot Sauce
Mama Bella Hot Sauce, LLC processes seven delicious and unique habanero hot sauces and one corn relish/corn salsa.
At the request of so many of our winter visitor friends, Mama Bella ventured into making pepper jellies. They have really taken off! We now make more pepper jellies than hot sauces. We have also added a few non-pepper jellies such as the Guava Butter and the Strawberry key-lime. We love adding guavas and key-limes to our line (grown in our own Yuma backyard)!
Besides loving Yuma Arizona’s, almost 365 days of beautiful sunshine, we are so fortunate to be part of this farming community. Yuma, Arizona is known world wide for producing hundreds of crops year round! Some of the amazing crops grown here are the Eureka and Lisbon lemons which we utilize as the preservative in our hot sauces. The lemons not only add a burst of flavor, to our hot sauces but an abundance of shelf-life!
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