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Apr 16, 2013 06:19 AM

best prepared salsa?

i've just discovered mrs. renfro's...i've tried a few varieties and so far like them all. haven't tried ghost pepper yet. i never thought i'd like a store bought brand. i usually go to my corner restaurant and buy a big container. any other favorites out there?

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  1. I have a big garden and can my own salsa(s). But, once I am out (about now, usually) I fall back on Mrs. Renfro's. I like the Hot (not very hot, actually) Mexican Salsa the best.

    1. Papalote Salsa from the Papalote Mexican Grill. Its the same salsa they use at their restaurant, just jarred up. It has a cult following in San Francisco and was even featured on Throwdown with Bobby Flay. If you live in California, you can get them from Whole Foods. But if not, just have it shipped to you. Yes, there is shipping but they lower the price when you buy 3 jars. 3 jars would cost $22.64 if you buy it from Whole Foods (only in California) or $24.74 with shipping all the way to the east coast. I would get the 3 jar variety trio to test which you like the best.

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      1. re: iamreptar

        About $34 for 3 jars to Florida, and they dont take AmEx.

        1. re: Veggo

          You were supposed to scroll down to their 3 pack. It seems that you chose to buy 3 separate jars. Though, just checked, the cost with shipping is actually $28.34 if you choose priority mail flat rate. Basically, you're just paying $6 shipping vs. buying it directly from Whole Foods or their restaurant.

          1. re: iamreptar

            Thanks, I'll see if I can re-do my order.

            1. re: Veggo

              Were they able to accommodate your request to change? That's a nice factor if they were.

      2. I've tried a lot of jarred salsas, but luckily Tostitos is my favorite so far. Better than anything I ever made, anyway!

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        1. re: coll

          Thank heavens someone else believes the Tostito salsa is the best. Unfortunately they don't sell it in Puerto Vallarta and I have to bring a supply from Canada.

          1. re: mexivilla

            I like it and I'm not afraid to admit it. Best of all, I get it by the half gallon at BJs for $6.50. I do go through salsa. But for once, that's not the reason I buy it; I truly think it's simple and perfect.

        2. We like Green Mountain Gringo medium hot salsa. It was made originally in a home kitchen in Chester VT and that's where we first bought it while renting a home nearby. For quite a while it was the only place we could buy it so we always stocked up before heading home. Now it's available everywhere it seems.

          It's full of flavor and the ingredients are all the things we like: "Ripe Tomatoes, Fresh Onions, Fresh Tomatillos, Fresh JalapeƱo Peppers, Fresh Pasilla Peppers, Apple Cider Vinegar, Fresh Cilantro, Fresh Parsley, Fresh Garlic, Sea Salt, Spices". Terrific with their Masa Harina corn flour and blue corn flour tortilla strips.

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          1. re: Gio

            This is my hands down favorite as well. It's fantastic, and as hard as I try every canning season, I can't make anything that even comes close.

            I really think it depends on what you think of as salsa. There are two camps: salsa that is more like fresh or pico de gallo, with evident and firm-ish textured, identifiable pieces of whatever is in it and a more uncooked flavor, or a ketchup-y salsa that is a cooked puree with nondescript and/or few chunks of anything.

            Green Mountain Gringo is definitely in the former category, which is why I love it.
            My only complaint is that the medium isn't hot at all and the hot is too hot for many. I have resorted to mixing hot and medium to get it right.

            1. re: splatgirl

              I find Tostitos to be in the first camp, too. I can usually only get medium, it has a little bite but I add some hot sauce if the occasion calls for it.

              1. re: splatgirl

                3rd on the GMG salsa. It's definitely the best shelf-jarred salsa I have tried.

                There are some good "fresh" salsas that I have tried in the refrigerated section of stores, but the name is escaping me right now.

              2. re: Gio

                That's been mentioned before and I tried it and liked it. Thanks for the reminder.

                1. re: Gio

                  That was my friend's sister making that Green Mountain salsa.

                  It's good.

                  So is Tostitos.

                  So is Trader Joes, even though I generally don't like their stuff.

                  My current favorite is Frontera Grill's salsas.

                2. I'm in Houston, so we are admittedly spoiled with too many options. Probably have 40 to choose from in my grocery store, and at least half of those are made in Texas. One of the bigger brands is Jardine's. If it happens to make it as far as Boston, they have some pretty good options. A hot peach version that's interesting. If you brave Wal-Mart, you might find it there.

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                  1. re: arashall

                    Jardines regularly shows up in the food section at TJ Maxx and HomeGoods here in Boston.

                    Spike's has entered the Boston market in the last few years, and is consistently fresh tasting and yummy. That said, both the black bean and con queso versions are disgusting, but I find that to be true of just about all jarred varieties of same.

                    Third for Herdez as well.

                    1. re: Jenny Ondioline

                      Seriously? At Home Goods? That amazes me, because I don't consider it to be a specialty item in any way. Just grocery store salsa.

                      1. re: arashall

                        Probably a specialty item for most markets. I don't know how they source though, just imagining. I have seen Jardines I think, but not in the local supermarket for sure (NY).

                      2. re: Jenny Ondioline

                        where have you seen spike's and herdez plse.?

                        1. re: opinionatedchef

                          Any Star Market, or at least any of the ones I shop at regularly (Packards Corner, River Street Waltham and Brighton Mills, in that order).

                      3. re: arashall

                        I have DL Jardines in my fridge right now. The cilantro green olive in medium. You are right, its good stuff