We start with both fire-roasted and fresh Roma tomatoes, onions, cilantro and garlic. How can a bargin store be ” elitist ” ? I am an unusual salsa fan in that I hate onions. I was reading to see if Herdez was mentioned. This is in the refrigerated section, but Trader Joe’s salsa especial medium is THE BOMB. The result is a smoky, tangy taste sensation! They tested Frontera chunky, but everyone knows their double roasted tomato is tops!! . So, I’m glad it was included (and won!). I recommend it. I know it’s not the most traditional (and therefore not optimal for this exercise) but give it a try! These are so good! I guess my palate aligns with Tattly’s. That's no secret, but grilled, homemade, fire roasted salsa... NEXT. I mean, what are those chunks REALLY? Price: $1.99 for a 16-ounce jar. YUM. As a born and raised Texan, I have to chime in here – my favorite store bought salsa of all time is from the brand Texas Texas. I’m buying that one whenever I need salsa on the fly. @Lourdes this sounds AMAZING! Watch it carefully to make sure you get just the right texture. Logged on to the internet today to make this comment only. Nothing like a little ‘chip and dip’ to get a crowd going! the real winner is any one of the many frontera varieties! One of my favorites here is Cervantes Medium Jalapeño Salsa. Any of them! It’s a Colorado company so I’m not sure how widely available their salsas are. I came here to suggest this brand too! ), but my niece’s name is Liv, so we’ve been having all sorts of fun planning our SB party (which will now obviously include chips and the winning salsa!). I had the SAME thought! YES, green mountain gringo is my all time favorite. What’s your favorite salsa? We get three at a time. The best store bought hands down! Unless I make it myself, it ain’t happening. ), it’s chocked full of fresh grape tomatoes and veggies that have been roasted to perfection, and it’s always a hit at every party. I think most grocery stores carry this, but my favorite is the Frontera Grill salsa! The other flavors I’ve tried are also good. So good! Seconding all the comments about Pace (is it not common in NYC? Maybe I’ll have to try it…. I’ll look for it next time I’m there! I’m not sure if it’s available in stores outside of Texas, but you can order online! I can’t believe you didn’t include Frontera from Rick Bayless! Elitist was probably not a fair word, I’m sorry. This post is super fun, but also makes me so thankful we’re in Texas where all grocery stores, including chains, make their own fresh salsa and have tortilla stations. La Victoria Suprema Salsa. This was a fun read-LOVE the partnership between DALS and Cup of Jo, keep it up! Welcome! YES. Right?! What Are Your Family’s Signature Dinners? It. Only I knew which number corresponded to which jar. And so I refused to buy or ingest jarred (or jugged, uuuuggh) salsa from the time I left my home at 18 until last year at 33, a busy mom in need of a quick solution. I’ve been a faithful Green Mountain Gringo devotee for 20 years. Absolute yes to homemade salsa in season, but January tomatoes (in the American Northeast, at least) are a sad situation and they shall not pass the threshold of my home. La Victoria Suprema’s main claim to fame is that it’s … What to do now? Pack: 6. I love that one, too (more than the thick and chunky) and usually have it in my house — but again, we had to stick with one kind of salsa so the playing field was as even as possible! We have never heard of them. Current fav is El Pinto restaurants brand. The ingredient list alone, as close to natural as one can get in a jar, coupled with the flavor and consistency has always made it my preferred brand. As Olive Kitteridge said, "There's no such thing as a simple life." the tall trader joe’s salsa with the yellow top (salsa autentica, maybe?) 1/2 cup packed fresh cilantro (leaves and thin stems only) One 15-ounce can Totally rockin’ it! Mrs. Renfro’s Medium Salsa is the only salsa I’ve ever had that classifies *EXACTLY* as medium spicy. Thick and chunky salsa is pretty gross. A lot to unpack here, but my main question: is it elitist because it’s not available to all re: location? And even though you can find virtually anything mixed into salsa these days (Craft Beer or Raspberry Chipotle anyone?) They also have great red and green jarred enchilada sauces. Oops. You are not alone about wanting less chunks! the shelves are stocked with maybe two brands of mysteriously labeled “taco sauce.” This post made me salivate – I’d take ANY jarred salsa from the US right now. All of them cost between $2 and $5 for 16-ounce jars. It seems like this taste test should have included what’s available in a supermarket, not a rather elitist “neighborhood grocery store” (to be fair, I have had a hate-hate relationship with TJs since the spoiled fish and milk and yogurt I endured when I did live in a town with their store). 1 can (10 oz each) Ro*Tel® Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes with Green Chilies, drained. I too live in NM and feel very lucky with all the salsa options! We chose to narrow the field to the most basic tomato-based salsa that each brand had to offer. Widely available in grocery stores throughout the Great State of Texas, widely available elsewhere through Amazon. I’ve had the TJs stuff too and there’s no competition ! I still have red and green chile and salsas shipped to me monthly. We eat it straight, but I also mix it with smashed avacado to make guacamole or mix it with melted cheese (okay, melted Velveeta) to make chile con queso. Who buys jarred salsa nowadays?? you can order Mrs Renfro’s on Amazon! Friends (the foodie kind, who ate gourmet everything!) We also use it to make salsa chicken in the instantpot. However, I had to read this hoping my favorite salsa was one tasted and felt pure pleasure that it not only was tasted, but won. Our local taqueria has amazing salsa verde, but I’ve never really looked for (or tried) a store bought brand. But I concur – Frontera is missing and is typically my go-to – Rick Bayless knows. We publish several sponsored posts each month, which are always labeled at the top. Score: 4.2 out of 5 points (plus two decisive tie-break votes in overtime) Samantha – good to know! Share! I love this salsa so much I could drink it. We bought a jar when camping recently and I remarked that it was almost as good as the salsa we had in Oaxaca. Can you even hear the words “New York City” without shouting back in exaggerated cowboy disbelief “NEW YORK CITY?? Smoky fire roasted poblanos are shaken up with lime for a flavour packed salsa that is sure to bring your fiesta to life.Unit Size: 500 mL, 16.9 US fl ozINGREDIENTS: Diced tomatoes (tomatoes, tomato juice, salt, calcium chloride, citric acid), water, tomato paste, onion, white vinegar, roasted … In order to grow our small business, Cup of Jo earns revenue in a few different ways. “Too sweet,” and “very tomato-forward, not in a good way” wrote two separate reviewers about that one. What kind of tomatoes do you use? Gotta go with the Roasted Restaurant Style. Before the crowd gets too rowdy over this call, it was purely personal — we chose the chip for its subtle curve (providing optimum surface area for scooping) and dependable sturdiness, which we knew would hold up against even the chunkiest salsas among us. Ingredients: Roasted Tomatoes (Tomatoes, Tomato Juice), Tomato Puree (Water, Tomato Paste), Onions, contains 2% or less: Cilantro, Assorted Peppers (Chipotle, Jalapeno, Serrano), Apple Cider Vinegar, Garlic, Salt, Citric Acid, Vinegar, Soybean Oil, Spices, Sugar, Smoked Paprika, Xanthan Gum, Caramel Color, Potassium Sorbate and Sodium Benzoate (Added To Maintain Freshness). The roasted garlic version is great too. HOW could I ever live without it? The go to at our house is HEB organic medium heat salsa. Enjoy! Seriously, how on earth did you miss TRADER JOE’S PEPITA SALSA???!!!!! AGREED. We then grind the ingredients together following traditional Mexican methods to … 3. scrambled eggs + tortillas + cheese + salsa 4. migas 5. chicken tacos with fire roasted salsa 6. taco salad minus the dressing, add the salsa 7. more salsa + chips x 100. It is all about Green Mountain Gringo GARLIC FLAVOR. (No extra flavoring, no garlic or chipotle, no fire roasting, etc.) I was out when you said, “thick and chunky.” Restaurant style salsa is my only love because the taste is more evenly distributed. If you like it but want more spice, you should try the Mrs. Renfros jalapeno green. salsa at a staff meeting is news to me lol! Was this even a real taste test if it didn’t include Herdez?!? It’s about two dollars a jar and you could literally puree it and eat it as soup. . Also Sarah I wanna work with you. At least where I live, it is *THE* salsa. Serve with yellow rice and fajita-style peppers and onions for a complete Mexican-inspired meal. Worth the dollar or two more every time. Definitely doing this next time. I’ve loved Green Mountain for so many years now – so glad to see it getting recognized here. These are the ways we support Cup of Jo, and allow us to run the site and engage with this community we truly love. It’s really good. They have it at our local Costco in SC and it’s so good! SO good! :). I only buy it when I don’t have the time or mental capacity to make my own, but every time I’m surprised that it is actually delicious. But since they don’t bottle, I like my salsa smooth not chunky. Yessss I feel so validated by this article. Okay, and 280 days of sunshine. It can be fire-roasted or made with tomatillos. Fellow Albuquerque reader here! SO delicious. We filled our drinking glass cabinet by saving the mason jars Green Mountain salsa comes in. Made this, Lourdes! xo. different strokes for different folks! Thank you for sharing! Teasdale; It’s fun at home at 4 pm on a random day off! Fire Roasted Red Salsa Nothing provides a kick of flavor like a salsa made by hand. You may have a favorite boutique regional brand you love and swear by, but like all the highly scientific taste tests we’ve conducted in the past, this one included only salsas that were shelf-stable and available nationwide. We love those Chiefs. Herdez green salsa in medium is delicious!!!!! Don’t know if this is a Canadian brand or not but Neals Brother salsa is amazing. https://www.mateossalsa.com/. So, next time you’re planning on grilling this summer, give our Fire-Roasted Salsa Steak recipe a try! https://www.target.com/p/restaurant-style-salsa-mild-16oz-archer-farms-8482/-/A-13013188?ref=tgt_adv_XS000000&AFID=google_pla_df&fndsrc=tgtao&CPNG=PLA_Grocery%2BShopping_Brand&adgroup=SC_Grocery&LID=700000001170770pgs&network=g&device=c&location=9003433&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI6emKm-Sf5wIVVoNaBR2YHwo3EAQYASABEgK_7_D_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds. 2 (10 oz) containers grape or cherry tomatoes, halved; okay, i freakin’ love this post!!!!! Here to second the call for a rematch including Pace chunky salsa! Anyway, if you see it, get it. Deselect All. 2 cans (14-ounces each) fire-roasted diced tomatoes, undrained 2 cans (15-ounces each) black beans, rinsed and drained 2 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon pepper Squeeze of fresh lime juice, a couple teaspoons Salsa: 1/2 cup finely chopped red onion 1 - 8 ounce jar (just right size for a snack or gift) Refrigerate after opening; Made in Texas; Medium heat They sell it at our Kroger. But now I feel like trying the Frontera and the Gringo’s just to see if they’re worth stocking up on in case my arms fall off. Cute approach to a taste test, Jenny. KMS, Sadie’s is one of my favorites, too. Thanks, Same… is this really a nation-wide brand? I live in Albuquerque and the salsa section in our grocery store takes up almost an entire aisle. . -1-2 Serrano chiles (can use jalapeños, too). Once I tried it I was SOLD. Sadies is our fave, recommended by a friend from New Mexico (but fortunately also available in TX). Every time i see chunky salsa at a party, all that’s left behind are the chunks. HAHA, all fixed Emily. A Restaurant Surprise I’m Still Thinking of Two Decades Later, How to Find That Great Vacation Restaurant, and Other Burning Questions, Vacation Photos: Palm Springs and San Francisco. Start by making the salsa: place the tomatoes, peppers and onion over the hot coals, and grill turning occasionally for 10–15 minutes. Royitos… Ask any Texan, it can’t be beat. I am not sure how far this company distributes across the US, but here in Colorado we get a brand from Texas called Mrs Renfro’s. Office Salsa taste test is MY IDEAL work place fun! Albuquerque native living out of state here and the salsa (and green chile!) It doesn’t look like this one was tested, but my fave is Newman’s Own! You won’t be disappointed. I lived in a super rural area for decades and only recently moved where TJ’s is shoppable. https://www.amazon.com/stores/node/20528562011?_encoding=UTF8&field-lbr_brands_browse-bin=Mrs.%20Renfro%27s&ref_=bl_dp_s_web_20528562011. Tell your niece I’m sorry for the mix-up! It’s so good and exactly medium. Love me some salsa. DID THEIR ADVERTISING WORK?? When slow roasted tomatoes are combined with zesty vegetables and a special blend of spices, you will have a hard time saving room for the main course. Ingredients: Roasted Tomatoes (Tomatoes, Tomato Juice), Tomato Puree (Water, Tomato Paste), Onions, contains 2% or less: Cilantro, Assorted Peppers (Chipotle, Jalapeno, Serrano), Apple Cider Vinegar, Garlic, Salt, Citric Acid, Vinegar, Soybean Oil, Spices, Sugar, Smoked Paprika, Xanthan Gum, Caramel Color, Potassium Sorbate and Sodium Benzoate (Added To … Just for future tests, it should be checked first. This is not a snarky trolling comment, but I’m genuinely surprised that Trader Joe’s could be considered elitist. I don’t like/eat salsa, but the woman in the photo with the pink hair? Totally trying this :). Also C Town. I love the Herdez green jarred salsa SO much. Food & Snacks Dips & Spreads Salsa Arriba. (And holy cow on mixing into sour cream….!!! Herdez green was my go to until I tried Mrs. Renfros. Not the point, but the blond salsa tester is making me want bangs!!! but Chunky Pace deserves its day in the sun! Bleh! I think you’ve just changed my life! 2 teaspoons … For anyone near a Trader Joe’s, I was recently introduced to their corn salsa (gasp, tomato-less!) Green Mountain Gringo is my favorite too! As a girl who grew up looking directly into Mexico from my window on the Texas side (seriously, I HAD THAT CHILDHOOD), I am excited to try the Gringo one (what stores sell it?). Riba Foods Brands. Aldi, for the win, for all time. I’m so curious…. 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