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I NEED Salsa

Why do I NEED it? I have been craving it for a few weeks now, that's why. I just want to find a jar of mild salsa with a hecture. Pace no longer has one. I really liked Pace. I just want to snack on some chips and salsa please. Any ideas? I prefer the jar stuff (I know, I know) and am not n NY so a national brand would be helpful.


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  1. Newman's Own, Santa Barbara, and Tostitos all have hecschers, iirc.

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    1. re: DeisCane

      the target brand and the walmart brand and the sams club brand, were all kosher, last time i checked, was which over the summer, so pretty recent, not every flavor in the salsa line, but most of them

      1. re: shoelace

        Cool! Thanks! We have a WMSS (ugh I know, I know) close by. I do go there on occasion so i will check it out there too.

        1. re: shoelace

          Walmart had some mild 'fancier' salsas that were kosher. There was one I believe with black beans or corn and a green salsa.

          Whole Foods 365 salsas (short, squat jar) also have a hechsher. I don't think all flavors are kosher, but we've had the mild peach, mango, green, and black bean. All were good. Very reasonably priced.

          Wegmans also has kosher salsas - tall skinny Wegman's brand jar. In the taco shell section, not the ethnic Mexican section. OU if I remember correctly.

          If you want fresh salsa- Santa Barbara brand is kosher. More expensive ($3/pint container) but really really good.

          1. re: cheesecake17

            In terms of the 365 brands- check for a hechsher, but I think that all the flavors EXCEPT the plain ones (mild, medium, and hot) have hashgacha.

            1. re: masteraleph

              I think you're correct, but I still check every time I buy the salsas.

        2. re: DeisCane

          I may have checked Tostitos or maybe they didnt have the mild version at my store, but I know I can get Newmans Own! WOO HOO! THANKS!!

        3. there's a nice brand that's sold at costco -

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          1. re: brooklynkoshereater

            Thanks but we no longer have a Costco membership. :( Thanks though for trying.

            1. re: Prettypoodle

              That's too bad, I just got the Santa Barbara mango salsa with peach yesterday and it's very good - sweet and not very spicy but great if you're in that kind of mood. Lots of mango. (Though i just looked and it is marked as "Medium", no idea why.)

              They might have one similar to this in Sam's.

              I do remember a while back getting a good salsa at Sams, Jimmy Buffet's "Margaritaville" I think it was. Not sure if it was Kosher though.

              1. re: ncyankee101

                I've seen the Santa Barbara brand in many other places besides Costco...

                1. re: ncyankee101

                  Had the Chachie's (OU) Peach-Mango last night from Costco - excellent.

                    1. re: ncyankee101

                      2 lessons can be learned from Mexican cuisine: nearly everything tastes better with lime and when in doubt, add mango.

            2. I don't know if these are available nationally, but I have been surprised at how much I like the Gold's brand. If I'm not mistaken, Gold's is a "kosher" brand (akin to Manischewitz and the like), so I might have thought it wouldn't be as good as "regular" brands that just get a hechsher on what they generally produce, but I like its flavor and chunkiness. "Mild" flavor is a waste in my household, so I can't attest to that flavor level, but the medium and hot are very good. I think I discovered this brand over Pesach when the national brands weren't an option.

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              1. re: queenscook

                Gold's Salsa is HORRIBLE definitely avoid it completely.
                it tastes like watery marinated green pepper with mothballs.

                I stock up on Ortega -Medium which is OU Parve and cheap.
                Ortega is my Salsa base I can add canned fruit salad or indian relish for a sweeter salsa, melted cheese or mashed avocado, canned refried beans or canned corn, - whatever. just try to get used to Medium-Hot heat which is good for your metabolism, since the mild stuff is nothing more than over priced spaghetti sauce. health tip: use Salsa to replace manwich, pasta sauce and ketchup - you consume far less fat and sugar, while enjoying a nice zesty flavor.

                Pace also makes a great cheap medium salsa,
                but I don't think you can find it with a Hechsher.

                1. Make it yourself -- look up a cooked salsa recipe if you want it to taste like Pace and the like.

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                  1. re: brokentelephone

                    Nice comment brokentelephone. Considering how easy is salsa to make, I wonder why it took 17 replays to get that answer on a foodies board. Not only the hashgacha is as good as you are, but you control the heat, flavor, etc. Now, you can also make great chips and tortillas, probably cross reference to the Mexican board :) Good luck

                    1. re: mrotmd

                      possibly bc she specifically said in her post that she wnated the jarred stuff, not the fresh stuff

                  2. Forgive my ignorance, but what would make any usual tomato based salsa NOT kosher?

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                    1. re: PommeDeGuerre

                      Absence of a Kosher certification doesn't mean it's not kosher in a technical sense, just that it hasn't been verified. There are many things out there that don't traditionally need certification such as cling wraps and bottled water that bear certification to assure the buyer that the process was supervised and verified to be free of any possible non-kosher contamination (e.g. animal fats used as lubricants in the manufacturing line). Salsa ingredients by themselves are fine (tomatoes, onions, peppers, cilantro, garlic) but once there are preparation steps involved most people who are kosher-observant will need the assurance that the process maintained strict dietary standards.

                      There are also other concerns that are probably unfounded, such as assurances that they didn't process a cheese or other dairy-based product on the same processing line without a thorough sterilization process. If that happened then a presumably vegetarian salsa would be unsuitable for consumption in a meat-based meal.

                      The certifications are sometimes assurances that ingredients are kosher and other times simply a necessary belt-and-suspenders look behind the curtain.

                    2. What would be involved in making your own, presumably with canned tomatoes at this time of year?

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                      1. re: Jay F

                        Green Mountain Gringo is kosher and very good. I found it at whole foods.

                        1. re: azna29

                          It's good, but much more expensive than other brands mentioned above. Last time I saw it, the price was $4.39/jar.

                          1. re: cheesecake17

                            Yes, real quality ingredients. I believe it was on sale when I bought it -no more than 3 dollars.

                            1. re: cheesecake17

                              Sometimes quality counts. This is a chowhound site. I imagine none of us wants to waste money, but sometimes it is better to pay more. I remember a recurring discussion with my father many years ago. He bought tomatoes for 89 cents/ pound although he thought they tasted like plastic. Those at $2.99 tasted far better and thus made more sense.

                              1. re: jeffrosenbaum

                                I'm not arguing about the price or saying that it's not worth it. I usually but the Green Mountain salsa for my own house. I'm just saying that when all the other brands mentioned are in the $2-$3 range, it's worth pointing out when that one brand costs considerably more.

                                Also.. the poster mentioned he/she liked Pace. From what I recall, Pace tastes more like the inexpensive brands mentioned rather than Green Mountain, which has larger chunks of veggies.

                                1. re: cheesecake17

                                  Op here:

                                  I am a she poodle:)

                                  I am really glad for the mention of Green Mountain. I need to go to WF soon anyway and i do like chunks of veggies in salsa sometimes. Thanks though for mentioning the price point. Sometimes price really does make a differance.