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Jun 3, 2009 07:21 PM

Searching for best store bought salsas

I know it's easy to make your own, but I don't want to most of the time. I just bought a jar of Paul Newman medium salsa. Totally bland and flat with no depth of flavor. I've tried at least 8 different brands, none of what I would consider even pretty good or better. I'm wondering what some others feel is a great salsa. I'm in the northeast, so our selection may be somewhat limited compared to what is available out west. Suggestions/good and bad are welcomed. (PS: looking for more of a medium kick to it, though the Paul Newman medium is mild, IMO)

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  1. Green Mountain Gringo is my favorite!

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    1. re: patshep

      ooh yeah! i also *love* green mountain gringo and went through jars and jars of it a week when i lived in new england. it's harder to find and more expensive in nyc, so i've been buying fresh santa barbara salsa -- the kind sold in plastic tubs. (there's also a non-freshly made s.b. line that comes in jars and isn't as good.)

      what's that brand of tortilla strips that are often sold with g.m.g. salsa? that stuff is da bomb, too!

      1. re: cimui

        We also love GMG medium when we don't make our own....and only 90mgs sodium per 2 Tbsp!!! Good stuff!

        1. re: Val

          The One and only Green Mountain Gringo! The very best.... their medium is spicy with a little kick back and the hot is hot without blowing your head off. Their Tortilla Strips are a perfect match. I have 2 opened jars in the fridge right now - 1 of each - and 2 jars in the pantry.

          1. re: Gio

            My husband loves Green Mountain Gringo salsa and tortilla strips. The salsa stays well in the fridge once it's opened.

            We also like the Whole Foods 365 brand- the fruity ones and the tomatillo.

            1. re: cheesecake17

              i concur, but i love the roasted garlic one.... yummmm

          2. re: Val

            where do you get it Val. I have never seen it.

            1. re: kchurchill5

              I buy it at a local independent health food store called 'Sunsplash' and as a matter of fact, I think there's one by you in Sarasota called 'The Granary'...they are part of Natural Retail Grocers. (I worked for them part-time way back in 1994 in addition to my f-t job...learned a lot!) Whole Foods might also sell it if you have one by you...I always try to buy my natural foods at the independent grocer, though, just a personal thing, as opposed to the giant-corporate-monster-blob thing.

              1. re: Val

                Yep, I know the Granary right down the street. I always have a store bought just for quick uses. But sometimes I like to buy a quality one for a party or when I just don't have time to make some myself.

                Thx for the info

        2. re: patshep

          I agree that GMG is great for a jarred sauce, and certainly available everywhere in the Northeast. Even their medium has a good amount of capsaicin.

          1. re: patshep

            jfood finally bought a jar...whoosh it disappeared.

            Now he keeps 3-4 on hand all the time.

          2. It depends what kind of salsa you are looking for.

            Trader Joe's Salsa Autentica is pretty good with a medium heat.

            1. If you have 9 different brands of salsa to try, I would say you have a great selection. I'm in Montreal and would love to have that large a selection. I do love me some good salsa.

              1. OK, not quite store-bought, but picked up at the State Fair - H & H Brand Instant Salsa. One scoop mixed with a can of diced tomatoes - immersion blender treated for me. Great stuff!


                1. Herdez Hot is my go to store bought salsa.

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                  1. re: Naco

                    Trader Joe's Fire-Roasted Tomato Salsa- good stuff!