I have been living in Philadelphia for a little over 3 years now and the exposure to amazing restaurants and delicious foods is endless. That said, I still find myself occasionally missing some of the restaurants/foods in Bethlehem from my college years…sigh.
One place I liked to frequent was this one Mexican restaurant, Tulum. It’s a tiny little restaurant (seats about 10-15 people) that is big on burritos and a few other “Beth-Mex” offerings.
Even though a lot of people go there for their burritos, I almost never got a burrito because I was too obsessed with their Beth-Mex Wings! The sweet and smokey sauce that coats the wings is incredible. I have never had another wing sauce like it before — and have yet to find anything similar to it anywhere else — so it can be a bit of a bummer when I crave them and I’m over an hour away. So, I was left with the option of trying to make the wing sauce on my own and I was amazed at how close I came!
I knew for a fact that the chipotle peppers in adobo sauce were the base of their sauce; it’s just a distinct flavor that can’t be mistaken for anything else. It was the other ingredients that I was more or less experimenting with. I added some honey for sweetness and some other flavors like garlic, lime and cayenne.
As for making the wings, I didn’t fry them like I know Tulum does, but I just didn’t want to use all that oil for a batch of wings and figured the oven would be a healthier alternative anyway. I coated the wings in baking powder (weird right? but I swear it helps them brown and crisp in the oven!) and vegetable oil and baked them at a really high heat so they would still be crispy.
These wings were definitely as close as I think I could possibly get to matching Tulum’s wing sauce — needless to say, I was ecstatic!
You have to try this wing sauce out if you enjoy buffalo wings. They’re spicy and sweet and amazing. Plus, we’re in the thick of football season, so what better time to make some wings?!
Do you have a favorite wing sauce?