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Favorite supermarket salsas?

EMDB Apr 15, 2004 12:27 PM

I'm on the hunt for a new jarred salsa. Not too fond of Newman's Own. Anything else considered, although we prefer milder spice and a strong tangy/acid note. I'm in the northeast, and have a TJ's and a Bread & Circus nearby. Special thanks for favorite tomatillo salsas.


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    Gayla RE: EMDB Apr 15, 2004 12:38 PM

    I'm not sure if it's distributed in your area or not, but if you can find it, Herdez Salsa Casera in either the bottle or can is pretty good.

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      GregJ RE: Gayla Apr 15, 2004 01:16 PM

      I second the recc. re: Hedera salsa. We have it here in DC at WholeFoods, which I think is the parent of Bread and Circus. So you should be able to get it. I have not seen it at TJs.

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        dinner belle RE: GregJ Jul 30, 2007 04:01 PM

        Herdez's Salsa Ranchera and Salsa Verde are really good, too.

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        sarahoc RE: Gayla Apr 15, 2004 03:36 PM

        I also like Herdez, but even better and harder to find is La Morena Home Made Style Red Mexican Sauce. It tastes like fresh homemade salsa.
        It comes in a 7 ounce tin and has an orange wrapper. I have found it at a couple of bodegas in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, and at the C-Town Supermarket in Williamsburg.

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        budino RE: EMDB Apr 15, 2004 01:32 PM

        Green Mountain Gringo. Named as such because it's made in vermont, but it's my fave. Very fresh tasting.

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          puppymomma RE: budino Jul 28, 2007 02:01 PM

          I like the Green Mountain Gringo too! I go for the medium heat.


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            TonyO RE: budino Jul 29, 2007 12:03 PM

            Not made in VT anymore. They were purchased and moved operations to Winston-Salem, NC. Still taste the same as before though. The Roasted Chile variety is real good.

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            --susan RE: EMDB Apr 15, 2004 01:32 PM

            I'm fond of Desert Pepper salsas, which they carry in some "regular" supermarkets as well as more gourmet supermarkets. The two olive is my favorite.

            However, check the link below for an excellent mail-order salsa, Jose Madrid, that I think would be very much to your liking. I particularly like their verde salsa (found under "Spanish" on their website) and the peach salsa (found under "Fruit"). You can trust their heat rankings -- the mild is very mild, the very hot is very hot.

            Link: http://www.josemadridsalsa.com

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              Marcia M. D'A. RE: --susan Apr 15, 2004 02:26 PM

              We really like the Desert Pepper Trading Co. salsas, too. One of our regular markets carries them and the tomatillo salsa,our favorite, is called Salsa Del Rio. It's unusually good for a bottled salsa.

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                man of salt RE: --susan Jul 31, 2007 06:59 PM

                We too are big fans of the Desert Pepper salsas. Every guest who's ever tried it has remarked on how good it is. A bit more expensive than your widely availabel brands, but well worth it.

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                bibi rose RE: EMDB Apr 15, 2004 01:36 PM

                I like Frontera salsas a lot.

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                  Candy RE: EMDB Apr 15, 2004 01:38 PM

                  The Fronterra salsas are good bottled salsas. A good variety too. Also in the deli section of my grocery store there are a brand of "fresh" salsas by Santa Barbara which are excellent and very fresh tasting.

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                    Science Chick RE: EMDB Apr 15, 2004 01:59 PM

                    If you like smokier salsas, I love the Whole Foods brand Fire Roasted Salsa. I also agree about the Herdez, and particularly like their verde. I think some of the Super Stop and Shops carry it.

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                      Sven RE: EMDB Apr 15, 2004 02:21 PM

                      There aren't many store-bought salsas that I'll eat but this is one of them.

                      Link: http://www.salsalisa.com/

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                        Suzie RE: Sven Apr 15, 2004 10:32 PM

                        Salsa Lisa is my favorite store brand also. I like the mild medium variety, a lot of fresh flavor and not so hot that it burns the tastebuds.

                        To those not familiar with Salsa Lisa, look for it in the refrigerated section.

                        Mix it up to taste with a ripe avocado and it makes a great guacamole-style dip.

                        Thanks for the link, Sven!

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                          zoey67 RE: Suzie Oct 16, 2012 05:43 PM

                          Where did you buy Salsa Lisa in SD area?

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                        srr RE: EMDB Apr 15, 2004 03:17 PM

                        Mrs. Renfro's makes a delicious, tangy tomatillo salsa, but it is rather hot. If you served it with something creamy (cream cheese or sour cream) that would temper the heat.

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                          zoey67 RE: srr Oct 16, 2012 05:36 PM

                          You guys are awesome...as I found some Mrs Renfro's at walmart and yes it totally blew my mind I didn't expect something from a jar to taste this good and fresh. Def a step up from the ones I'm used to...Pace, Victoria. Herdez are all good ok but you can tell it's from a jar. Mrs Renfro's is restaurant quality and is very fresh.

                          Now I can't wait to try Frontera and green mountain gringo.

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                          AppleSister RE: EMDB Apr 15, 2004 03:30 PM

                          TJ's salsa verde is good.
                          TJ's avo-mango salsa is not jarred, but it's really good, and a more affordable version of the $6-7 avo-mango sold by some California food company. Even my roommate who doesn't like avocado likes it.

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                            Laurella RE: EMDB Apr 15, 2004 03:53 PM

                            I looked on their map, and it's possible that you can find Emerald Valley Organic salsa in your area (not usually at TJs, though). I believe they're based out of Eugene, Oregon. I like how the flavours blend together without any one thing dominating. It comes in a tub rather than a jar, wasn't sure if the jar part was important. A link to their website is below.

                            Link: http://www.emeraldvalleykitchen.com/s...

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                              Chimayo Joe RE: EMDB Apr 15, 2004 04:05 PM

                              The salsas I like best are:

                              Jardine's Campfire Roasted
                              Jardine's Chipotle
                              Herdez Salsa Casera
                              Sadie's Not as Hot(Sadie's Hot is about my limit on heat but even the Not as Hot is hot)
                              Religious Experience(prefer the less hot versions of this brand)
                              El Pinto

                              I prefer salsas that use a souring ingredient other than vinegar(or those that use it sparingly), but I don't mind some heat as long as it isn't painful.

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                                babette feasts RE: EMDB Apr 15, 2004 05:52 PM

                                I like El Pato, in small (7 oz?) cans.

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                                  EMDB RE: EMDB Apr 16, 2004 10:45 AM

                                  thanks for all the suggestions. I see lots of taco salad in my future . . .

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                                    jim1126 RE: EMDB Jul 28, 2007 11:38 AM

                                    Sorry for bumping the old thread but I did a search on this because I have found what I believe to be the BEST supermarket salsas ever and they are Target's Archer Farms salsas. Man, are they fresh, unusual (some of them anyway) and GOOD.

                                    1. bookwormchef RE: EMDB Jul 28, 2007 12:18 PM

                                      I love the Italian Rose brand found in the fridge section at Sam's. It is very fresh tasting.

                                      1. revsharkie RE: EMDB Jul 28, 2007 12:34 PM

                                        I like the Herdez, but when I can't get to where it's available before I need it (it's a 30-minute drive to the nearest Mexican grocery), I like Mad Butcher. Our local outfit Cookie's does salsa, but it's a little too tomato-sauce-y for my tastes.

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                                          AMFM RE: EMDB Jul 28, 2007 12:48 PM

                                          it's a refrigerator/"fresh" one, not jarred. but jack's special salsa ( i like the medium but mild is good too if you like things not spicy) made by garden fresh gourmet is a fabulous brand. kroger's carries them. and so did other grocery stores in ohio - the company is based in michigan. hope you can find them. they're the best prepackaged i've ever found. and with a very little doctoring can make SUPERB easy meals.

                                          1. nancyhudson RE: EMDB Jul 28, 2007 12:56 PM

                                            Native Salsas (they also have chips) out of the SF Bay Area. YUM! They have a fire roasted tomato and a mango avacado that are to die for...not sure if they are available on the east coast.

                                            1. vickib RE: EMDB Jul 28, 2007 09:20 PM

                                              My favorite jarred salsa is La Victoria Salsa Jalapena Verde. It's a tomatillo-based salsa with lots of heat. It is wonderful. It's totally worth searching for. I've requested it from grocery stores that don't usually carry it. I also like the Trader Joe's Salsa Autentica, which is a red tomato salsa.

                                              1. jfood RE: EMDB Jul 29, 2007 06:53 AM

                                                Hands down jfood likes IMUS Mild salsa.

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                                                  smarsh RE: EMDB Jul 29, 2007 07:54 AM

                                                  Not sure how widely distributed this is--I get it from the gas station across the street from my house, though i have seen it in a couple of grocery stores--but it is wonderful! http://www.melinamexsalsa.com/

                                                  I LOVE spicy food and the "medium" makes me sweat a little. The "hot" is so hot that it doesn't even really taste good

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                                                    Agent Orange RE: EMDB Jul 29, 2007 11:58 AM

                                                    I concur with AMFM above, Jack's Special Salsa by Garden Fresh Gourmet is bliss. They carry it in a few levels of spiciness. The mild is too sweet for my taste, but the medium hot is perfect. Garden Fresh also makes a few other flavors which are interesting, such as Artichoke and Roasted Garlic. I find them at my supermarket down here in Florida, so I presume one could find it in the NE.

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                                                      forzagto RE: EMDB Jul 31, 2007 09:57 AM

                                                      I like Amy's Fire Roasted Salsa Medium. It is all organic and has no added sugar. Although I am going to have to try that TJ mango/avocado salsa.

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                                                        cyberroo RE: EMDB Jul 31, 2007 07:09 PM

                                                        I keep a half dozen jars of Trader Joe's Double Roasted salsa on hand. I like the balance of it, and it's not sweet, which is my pet peeve with most supermarket brands. It's not particularly spicy, but I like that I can have a lot of it for flavor, rather than a little for heat.

                                                        That said, I did used to use the Frontera salsa, but I like something with a little more chunkiness. It's tasty, though.

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                                                          ExercisetoEat RE: EMDB Aug 3, 2007 01:52 PM

                                                          Trader Joe's Peach Salsa is salsa crack for me! I can't get enough of it (and sadly have to ship it or schlep it since the nearest TJ's is a very very long drive). I think I would lose a finger in exchange for the recipe. I've tried to replicate it but so far haven't even come close.

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