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Oct 10, 2010 06:32 PM

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