Once again Taco Jesus Hot Sauce is a finalist for BEST LOCAL HOT SAUCE in Creative Loafing of Tampa Bay’s annual reader’s poll.
Last year we were the winner in the critic’s poll for best local and we’re looking to repeat this year by taking the reader’s poll vote as well. Get on over and get the vote out for your favorite hot sauce, and help us spread the Taco Gospel to the bay area and beyond.
Whenever we are out doing shows or talking to people about the brand the most common questions we get is: “Why Taco Jesus; how did you come up with that name?” We’re not sure if the actual story lives up to the hype, but this is it. The original idea for Taco Jesus all started as part of a logo design contest in 2009 run by a website called “The Clink Room” which was a collaborative site run by a couple of guys named Casey and Jason who run a mega successful branding company called Brandiose and are major players in logo design projects behind some of your favorite minor league and major league baseball teams.
The idea of the design contest was to design a logo for an imaginary baseball team sponsored by your favorite taco shop. Jeff Crupper the founder of Taco Jesus Hot Sauce had grown up in Texas and had a passion for tacos (and hot sauce) and a flair for the creative, so he decided to take a shot at designing a logo for the contest. Jeff’s original taco shop idea was based on an imaginary Taco Shop called Jesus Gomez’ Taco Heaven and their sponsored team was “El Salvadores” with the logo being Jesus Gomez offering up two delicious tacos in a Christ-like pose.
Jesus Gomez – Los Salvadores Logo: The first appearance of what would eventually become Taco Jesus.
When the Taco Shop League announced their winners Jesus Gomez and El Savadores were left out on the outside looking in, but the idea of Taco Jesus never completely went away.
The character Taco Jesus first appeared with a Facebook page that many years later would evolve into the Taco Jesus Hot Sauce page you see today. Taco Jesus managed to gather quite a following eventually making 500-600 “friends” on Facebook and we began selling Taco Jesus related products online. Today the online shop has evolved to sell Taco Jesus Hot Sauce related products, but many of the original designs can still be found on the site.
We’d love to thank everyone who helped make this another awesome year for Taco Jesus Hot Sauce. We;ve just finished a busy week of shipping out Christmas packages and are already gearing up to get going in 2018.
We’ve got quite a few new surprises coming up next year that we are really excited about and we can’t wait to share them with you. If you are not already following us on one or more of our social media pages like Facebook, Instagram or Twitter be sure to follow us now to stay on top of all of the great things that are going to happen in the next 12 months.
We’ve got some great new products coming up and are working on a Kickstarter campaign that is really going to help us take our company to the next level. Until we can let you know more we hope everyone enjoys a terrific holiday season enjoying family and friends this Christmas and New Year!
Here at Taco Jesus Hot Sauce we love being based in the Sunshine State, but the laid back lifestyle draws some folks to the state who … lets just say aren’t the sharpest tools in the shed. These are tales of those people, taco related tales.
Largo Man Calls 911 To Report Taco Bell for Not Selling Him Tacos
This first story comes from right down the road from our corporate office in Largo, FL. Sometimes you get the muchies real bad and only Taco Bell will satisfy that craving.
There are very few things we love as much spicy food, tacos and America, and there are very few things as American as the great game of baseball. This weekend Memorial day weekend we get the awesome opportunity to cheer on our alma mater the University of Houston Cougars as they play in the American Athletic Conference Championship Game for the fourth consecutive year.
Come join us at Spectrum Field in beautiful Clearwater, FL or check out the game on ESPN news at noon eastern time.
Whatever you do this weekend we hope it is spent with good family and friends and spiced with Taco Jesus Hot Sauces.
Here at Taco Jesus Hot Sauces we have a passion for the almighty taco, and while we feel there are very few people that are as passionate about them as we are we may have found a very close second. Continue reading →
Happy Valentine’s Day to all of you taco disciples out there! We hope you and your special someone enjoy each other and the company of tacos, topped with Taco Jesus Hot Sauces of course, on this most glorious of days … Taco Tuesday & Valentine’s Day.
Look, we get it. Nobody likes a cold taco, but there is such a thing as taking it too far. In this news report out of Houston, TX (the boyhood home of the founders of Taco Jesus Hot Sauce) we find out that some Houstonians take their taco really seriously, maybe a bit too seriously.
Houston taught us our love of tacos, and all things hot and spicy, but one thing we can promise is that we won’t shoot you if we get a cold taco. Provided of course some lame taco truck server doesn’t make us angry at 2:00 in the morning.