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 Post subject: Store bought salsas
PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2013 6:43 am 
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Maybe I shouldn't post this but I am lazy. Yes, I know how to make salsa. I even have a molcajete but no, I don't make salsa.

I used to buy Herdez but I haven't seen it in the store in ages. Does anyone know what happened to it? They have an active website so it isn't like they disappeared completely.

Beyond that, what are some good store bought chunky salsas? I don't like sweet salsas, I want stuff with tomatoes, onions, garlic, hot peppers and not much else. Tomatillos are good for green salsas.

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Oh no, I hope Herdez isn't gone! That's my favourite store-bought salsa.

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Yes, me too! I never cared at all for jarred salsas, and didn't like the preservatives in them. And also like you, I don't want fruity or funky, just basic salsa. I really like Spike's. They make a "regular" kind and a black bean/corn one. I've only ever had the regular and I love it, and it doesn't have any preservatives. Bonus that it's only $1.28 at my local grocer. It's great as is, but sometimes I add a little balsamic vinegar and sweetener to it. Sounds gross but tastes amazing :)


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I love Mrs. Renfro's, especially the garlic one:

http://shop.renfrofoods.com/collections/salsa

I have a huge jar of WF 365 salsa now and it's too thin and runny.

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I second the nomination for Mrs. Renfro's. If you like things really spicy, they have a ghost chili one that's killer.

I also like Frontera's salsas, especially the guajillo one.


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If you have Kroger there, I really love the Private Selection habanero one. I'm also a fan of Newman's Own medium salsa.

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I am apparently on some kind of epic, lifelong quest for my favorite store-bought salsa; I buy waaay too many of them. I really like the fresh, pico de gallo types, and good tomatoes have such a short season here it's impossible to always make myself.

Sabra has a chunky pico de gallo that I like, but it has bell peppers which aren't my favorite in salsa. I bought an Engine 2 one at Whole Foods, which I also really liked despite the fact that it was low-salt and you can definitely tell. It tasted fresh and cilantro-y! But I haven't seen it since that first time, so the search continues.


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I like the fresh ones (can you find a local brand in the refrigerated part of your store's deli?), but if I need something shelf-stable in a pinch, I like Rick Bayless' Frontera line.


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i am super picky.....our go to is http://www.casasanchezfood.com/salsas.php

You can find them in the refrigerated section of Target now!

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I like Newman's Own Black bean & Corn - it's not very spicy though. Sometimes I add extra corn & black beans.


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vijita wrote:
I like the fresh ones (can you find a local brand in the refrigerated part of your store's deli?), but if I need something shelf-stable in a pinch, I like Rick Bayless' Frontera line.


seriously, that's the only jarred brand I actually like that I've tried in years! Rick Bayless is so great.

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I don't know if it's your area, but the NW TJ's have refrigerated salsas and I tried the 'restaurant' style a couple of months ago and it was surprisinglly good!
It was a little bit more expensive then the normal one but I'd definitely buy it again.

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I like the Wholly Guacamole ones, they're in the cold case with the guac.

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I like the Trader Joe's brands of salsas, especially the corn one. and the one in the refrigerated section.

I loooove the Sprout's brand of salsa's too. All of them. The shelf stable ones, and they have a huge selection.

But, you probably don't have those in your area, so I am not help to you. But anyone else that has those stores in your town, go check them out.


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 Post subject: Re: Store bought salsas
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This brand is good (in the refrigerated section - I find it near the packaged hummus). I used to buy the one with a blue label... I can't remember what the specific flavor was called...

And like everyone else has said, Frontera for shelf-stable.

Wegmans has THE BEST fresh salsa/pico de gallo ever though. Here is the recipe for everyone who is sadly not near a Weggies.


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I like Newman's Own -- the regular medium salsa, and also the pineapple, mango and peach salsas are my favorites.

Does anyone know of a good brand for a mild, thin (not chunky) salsa? My spouse loves the thinner kind that seems to be prevalent at Mexican restaurants, at least here in the Midwest. I know I could throw some chunky salsa in the food processor, but I feel like there has to be something available in a jar or can.


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You mean like tapatio, Valentina or cholula? I really like tapatio myself.

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jdfunks wrote:
vijita wrote:
I like the fresh ones (can you find a local brand in the refrigerated part of your store's deli?), but if I need something shelf-stable in a pinch, I like Rick Bayless' Frontera line.


seriously, that's the only jarred brand I actually like that I've tried in years! Rick Bayless is so great.

I love Frontera salsas too but want to point out that I don't find they fit the "chunky" descripter very well. I mean, there's definitely bits and bobs in there, but the sauce-to-chunks ratio is way in favor of the sauce. At least for the flavors I've tried so far.

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found big jars of Herdez at Target tonight if anyone is looking!

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! I'll have to try our Target but I thought I looked.

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Beanitarian wrote:
Does anyone know of a good brand for a mild, thin (not chunky) salsa? My spouse loves the thinner kind that seems to be prevalent at Mexican restaurants, at least here in the Midwest.

I can't help you, but I know what you mean. I always thought salsa was supposed to be super chunky, until I went to one Mexican restaurant in Texas where it was much thinner, and soooo much better (to me). I like pico de gallo in all forms, but when I look at jarred salsa I'm always checking out the "chunk factor" and passing most of them over. I'll let you know if I find one!


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If you have Fresh n' Easy's near you, their house salsa is literally the only salsa I will buy. And the hot is HOT. I hate when I buy hot and it has the heat of a bell pepper - false advertising!!


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 23, 2013 1:59 pm 
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Beanitarian wrote:
I like Newman's Own -- the regular medium salsa, and also the pineapple, mango and peach salsas are my favorites.

Does anyone know of a good brand for a mild, thin (not chunky) salsa? My spouse loves the thinner kind that seems to be prevalent at Mexican restaurants, at least here in the Midwest. I know I could throw some chunky salsa in the food processor, but I feel like there has to be something available in a jar or can.


The Salsa Authentica from Trader Jo's is like that! Not sure if you have one near you though.

My fiance loves it. He hates chunky salsa.


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My husband brought home the TJs fresh refrigerated salsa, it was kind of yucky. I like their salsa verde (jarred) but don't care for any of their other jarred salsas. And the Herdez salsa verde is much better than TJs. I might scout Target this weekend or the Korean market.

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I also love the Wholly Guacamole Salsa but it can be hard to find here. If I can't find it or just didn't make it to the store, I use the regular pace kind and add fresh chopped cilantro and a little diced green pepper to make it better. People always ask me how long it took to make because they think it is homemade lol.


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