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Making Dallas Even Better

Photography by Elizabeth Lavin


Cesar Sanchez, founder of Zukali Mexican Gourmet, got his start cooking for friends and family in his hometown of McKinney. His specialty: fire-roasted jalapeños. In 2011, after years of experimenting and pressure from his fans, Sanchez decided to go pro and started Zukali. The company offers seven varieties of salsas and jarred peppers with exotic ingredients ranging from tangy pineapple to luscious guava, and even coffee. The Chipotle Kafé salsa is a blend of fresh chipotle peppers, roasted tomatillos, and freeze-dried instant coffee. It’s mildly sweet, with a smoky disposition and is best served warm. You can find Zukali Mexican Gourmet products at Central Market, Opening Bell Coffee, Jimmy’s Food Store, and