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Best jarred salsa verde...and no, I'm not going to make it so don't go there.

Janet from Richmond Feb 23, 2009 05:36 AM

Tonight we are having a pork roast for dinner. Later in the week I want to make some QUICK pork enchilada verdes but need input on the best brand of salsa verde. I'm not interested in making verde sauce as this needs to be fast and it's just for Dh and me.

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    Val RE: Janet from Richmond Feb 23, 2009 05:54 AM

    Herdez brand is my go-to, comes in a smallish 8 or 10 ounce can; hopefully, you can also find it where you are.

    1. Veggo RE: Janet from Richmond Feb 23, 2009 06:01 AM

      La Costena and San Marcos also, in the little cans.

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        BeaN RE: Veggo Feb 23, 2009 06:04 PM

        In Veggo I trust.

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        gordeaux RE: Janet from Richmond Feb 23, 2009 06:37 AM

        I'll second the Herdez brand. I much prefer it over the La Costena and San Marcos brands.

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          gordeaux RE: gordeaux Feb 25, 2009 01:57 PM

          I made some Tinga the night after this post and had a tasting with the three brands since it's been so long since I have had Costena, and San Marcos.. Herdez won hands down in this household. I would have made my own, but the kitchen remodel has a few weeks left.
          I'd suggest buying as many cans as you can and tasting. The little ones are under a buck where I am in every store.

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          KiltedCook RE: Janet from Richmond Feb 25, 2009 08:38 AM

          Herdez if you can't be bothered to make it yourself.

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            Jaytizzle RE: Janet from Richmond Feb 25, 2009 01:21 PM

            I agree with the people above. Herdez is good. They should have it at most grocery stores.

            1. alanbarnes RE: Janet from Richmond Feb 25, 2009 02:52 PM

              If you've got Trader Joe's near you, you might want to try their Salsa Verde in the 12 oz. glass jar. Herdez would be my second choice.

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                Midlife RE: alanbarnes Feb 26, 2009 05:17 PM

                Gotta second TJ's.

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                  ccbweb RE: alanbarnes Feb 26, 2009 06:00 PM

                  We've got both of these in our pantry right now and I'd go with the Herdez first and the TJ's second. The Herdez, especially, cooks better than the TJ's.

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                  srr RE: Janet from Richmond Feb 26, 2009 11:10 PM

                  I love Mrs. Renfro's, but it's really spicy.

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                    Janet from Richmond RE: srr Feb 27, 2009 04:12 AM

                    I went to a local Latino market and found small cans of Goya salsa verde and the ingredients list had nothing weird, so I went with that (the label was different than the Goya labels at grocery stores). It was very good....better than many salsa verdes I've had in Mexican restaurants.

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                      ccbweb RE: Janet from Richmond Feb 27, 2009 06:42 AM

                      The Goya and the Herdez in cans from the Latin markets near our house in Charlottesville have always struck me as being very similar. Glad to hear it was tasty. We use the same cans of salsa for quick egg dishes and shrimp tacos, too.

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                    comestible RE: Janet from Richmond Feb 27, 2009 05:47 AM

                    Interesting to see so many endorsements for Herdez. Last time I tried it, it seemed pretty watery to me. Maybe they changed the formula. I'll have to try it again.

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                      gordeaux RE: comestible Feb 27, 2009 06:31 AM

                      Herdez has been pretty consistent in it's flavoring to me for the last 5 yrs. That's not to say it's the greatest salsa ever, but it's certainly the best jarred salsa verde in a can that I have come across. I have not tried them all, since I usually make my own, but herdez will do nicely in a pinch imo - compared with the other brands I've tried.

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                        ccbweb RE: comestible Feb 27, 2009 06:38 AM

                        It's a thin salsa, no doubt. We really like the taste of it, though. I also noted above that it's a really good option if you're going to cook it in a dish. The fact that it's thin helps with that because it can be reduced a bit.

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                        rsbaz RE: Janet from Richmond Feb 27, 2009 08:30 AM

                        Goldwater's Salsa Verde in a jar is delicious. Their recipe for enchilada's with it has become a family standard. All others seem thin and watery. This is the Goldwater (Barry) family in Arizona. May not be available every where, but you can order from a website. Other good salsa as well, but the verde is a favorite.


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