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Good shelf-stable salsas ... Pace tequila-lime?

rworange Apr 13, 2008 03:40 PM

I pretty much make my own or buy local fresh salsas.

Still, it would be nice to stick a few jars in the kitchen cabinets.

Pace seems to have a new upscale line that include Tequila-lime. They also have an organic line ... but they look like ... well, pace.

How about Newman's?

I asked in a different post about Fronterra, but got a sort of 'meh' response.

Anything good out there?

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    Val RE: rworange Apr 13, 2008 04:06 PM

    So funny you asked...I was just looking at this article about the Pace stuff...I recently purchased the Pico de Gallo and I must agree with this review of it...it has too much of a bite to it and seems a bit bitter...but the others got better reviews...I've also tried Green Mountain Gringo salsa which is quite good but pretty expensive, that's why I tried the Pace...Enrico's is supposed to be good also (both GMG and Enrico's are low in sodium, too):

    1. im_nomad RE: rworange Apr 13, 2008 04:14 PM

      i'm actually a fan of Pace...although it doesn't compare to home-made. And not a purist salsa, but i'm a big fan of DL Jardine's Cowpoke Artichoke. I have a jar of their tomatillo out in the cupboard that i haven't gotten into yet. http://www.jardinefoods.com/store_pro...

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        Alice Letseat RE: im_nomad Apr 13, 2008 05:02 PM

        Where are you located? (I ask because Whole Foods in the SW has shelves dedicated to local foods that include local salsas processed and jarred. Better than Pace....which I loved when I lived in the East)

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          im_nomad RE: Alice Letseat Apr 13, 2008 05:06 PM

          i'm in Canada, i pick up the DL's when i go to the states.

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          Scargod RE: im_nomad Apr 16, 2008 03:18 PM

          I recently ordered Jardine products online. We love their Texas Champagne Hot pepper sauce and Ole Chipotle Salsa. We think their hot pepper sauce is the best there is. So smooth and flavorful. Haven't tried any of the others.

        3. Aimi RE: rworange Apr 14, 2008 12:19 PM

          Pace is ok in general, but their new tequila-lime flavor, imo, is disgusting. Buy a regular jar and splash in your own flavorings.

          Kroger's house brand "Private Selection" Chipotle salsa is divine! And cheap, too ;-)

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            Big Bad Voodoo Lou RE: rworange Apr 14, 2008 03:46 PM

            I really like Target's Archer Farms salsa -- that's their high-end store brand, which actually has great quality products across the board (chips, frozen pizzas, sauces, snacks, even drinks). I like their medium-hot tropical fruit salsa and the hot chipotle, but I have yet to have a bad one.

            Newman's peach salsa is pretty awesome, too. I recently tried the new upscale Pace pico de gallo (okay) and three-pepper (not so great), and wouldn't get them again.

            If you have access to it, Herdez makes an amazing jarred salsa, and their medium is as hot as most mainstream brands' "hot" flavor. It's usually in the Mexican food section, but not necessarily with other salsas.

            1. enbell RE: rworange Apr 14, 2008 04:03 PM

              I am no salsa purest either but don't find Pace all too exciting. I can't tell the difference in a jar of organic, and also found the pico de gallo repulsive. I agree that Newman's is good. Two other brands I really enjoy are Santa Barbra and Green Mountain Gringo. They both seem to deliver a freshness even superior to Newman's in my opinion.

              1. Passadumkeg RE: rworange Apr 14, 2008 04:04 PM

                Green Mountain Gringo Hot Salsa. It took me a while to get over the name, but one of my kids loves it. Talking about taking coals to New Castle, I now send it to the boy living in Seoul! I think it is organic too.

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                  NE_Elaine RE: Passadumkeg Apr 14, 2008 04:09 PM

                  I love Green Mountain Gringo in Medium. I always have a jar or 2 standing by. However, I don't think it is organic, it is advertised as all natural with no preservatives.

                2. BerkshireTsarina RE: rworange Apr 15, 2008 07:16 AM

                  Newman's Pineapple Salsa, awesome. Haven't tried the Peach yet, someone recommended it, will do so. Newman's products mostly terrific. In a pinch, Price Chopper's Black Bean and Corn salsa does the job. Have to be sure to match your palate to Mild/Medium/Spicy of any particular brand.

                  1. Lorcasaur RE: rworange Apr 15, 2008 07:57 AM

                    I actually really like Frontera's salsa verde and guajillo varieties. They're better than DL Jardine's, in my opinion, though Jardine's green olive/cilantro and cilantro/lime are really good, too. I like a salsa w/a bit of brightness to it.

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                      LStaff RE: rworange Apr 15, 2008 02:00 PM

                      Mrs. Renfro's Green salsa. You can thank me later.

                      1. DanaB RE: rworange Apr 15, 2008 03:04 PM

                        The only canned/jarred salsa that I like is the Salsa Casera by Herdez. It's the best!


                        1. Scargod RE: rworange Apr 16, 2008 03:33 PM

                          I don't care that much for Pace. I used to buy Newman's Own Hot but now find it mild and way too chunky. Who wants mostly huge tomato chunks? I'm looking but I haven't found anything satisfactory yet in New Haven area stores.I mentioned Santa Barbara Salsa, Habanero and Lime that is pretty good, but requires refrigeration. http://www.chowhound.com/topics/50556...

                          1. phofiend RE: rworange Apr 16, 2008 03:41 PM

                            Goya Pico de Gallo gets my vote. Very fresh tasting, and inexpensive, to boot. Their other sauces are good, as well. I also think their canned beans have the best texture. Mmmmm... Mexican tonight!

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                              NickyPicky RE: rworange Apr 17, 2008 05:51 PM

                              Herdez.... makes a line of bottles salsas that really taste fresh. There product looks very much like the chilled fresh grocery store/Deli salsas. Somehow the tomatoes remain firm and the onions stay crisp.

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                                Panini Guy RE: NickyPicky Apr 18, 2008 06:25 AM

                                Herdez was what I kept in the cupboard when I lived in Mexico. And I still do it here. If find It less vinegary and no taste of "processed whatever" than do most bottled salsas under $4. It's more of a thin pico de gallo style than a thicker tomato paste-based salsa.

                                Can't wait for local tomatoes to be back in season.

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                                lgss RE: rworange Apr 18, 2008 04:05 AM

                                TJ's Chipotle Salsa.

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