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The Best Fresh Salsa In Texas

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  • mark grossman Mar 15, 2006 08:23 AM
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what is the best fresh salsa you know of, homemade from scratch, and sold in restaurants or at supermarket take out counters or small mexican take outs. any thing mass produced in bottles doesnt count.

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  1. La Fogata is pretty good for a jar.

    It's best with meat, since it's prety smokey.

    1. Say what you will but Mrs. Renfro's Roasted Salsa is damn good.

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      1. re: Scagnetti

        Ms. Renfro tastes like they did not finish cleaning the Dixie Land Chow-Chow batch.

        Now her Chow-Chow! That's some good stuff.

        Just my two cents.

      2. Maria's Taco X-Press Chimichuri! I can't help but heap it on, it hurts so good.

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          Steve in Austin

          Rosie's To Go in Bee Cave has great, fresh hot sauce. $3.00 a pint, $6.00 a quart for Mild or Hot. Agree about the chimichurri sauce at Maria's Taco Exxpress too.

          There is NO good bottled hot sauce as preservatives ruin it.

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          1. re: Steve in Austin

            I personally like Rose's Just Right (red) Salsa you can get in the fridge section of the store...but I like Taco Cabana too -sorry- off subject.

            1. re: Steve in Austin

              There is NO good bottled hot sauce as preservatives ruin it.

              For years, I would have agreed with you, but there are a handful of tasty exceptions. Try them and I think you'll agree - these are very credible hot sauces, and *nothing* like other bottled/jarred/canned salsas. The key: All of these are fresh sauces that have to be kept refrigerated, since they're not Pasteurized.

              1. Closest to Fresh: Rose's "Just Right" Salsa - This does NOT taste like it comes from a jar - it tastes like fresh made. Expensive, but very good, especially if you like a bit of cliantro-y Baja influence in your fresh salsa. (Taking my first job in southern California augmented this Texas boy's mexican food tastes forever.) Don't blame me if you develop an expensive addiction. I have a hard time beating Rose's even with real homemade. Check the date on the jar, as it really doesn't keep too long. (Not that it lasts long enough around my family to matter - the lid is only rarely reunited with the jar...)

              2. Old School: Albert's Hot Sauce from Albert's Mexican Village in Kilgore, Texas. Thinner, old-style, Tex-Mex salsa, but great flavor - great on blue corn chips. Used to be cheap, not so much anymore. Not quite "fresh" in teh Rose's sense, but way better than other salsas in a jar. This stuff has been served as the table chip dip salsa at Albert's since my Dad grew up there in the middle of the last century, so it's worth it just for the history - the taste is classic TexMex.

              3. New Wave: HEB's new "Fresher Lasting" salsas. HEB's Fresher Lasting products aren't cooked - instead, they're sterilized by using very high pressure rather than heat to literally crush any bad microbes - that's why all these products are in flexible packaging. The Roasted Sala (chipotle)flavor is especially good, although I haven't tried them all yet. Unfortunately, the flavor varies a LOT from batch to batch - but the best batches are truly excellent, and the worst ones still passable. (The best batches of the roasted flavor are a dead ringer for the awesomely savory salsa recipe of the Austin Country Club. I'm not a member, but I attended weekly morning meetings there for a while, and really miss access to this wonderful treat on a good breakfast taco...) Even better news: for a fresh salsa, this stuff is actually pretty cheap.

            2. What about Chuy's creamy-jalapeno?

              That stuff is great!

              1. La Fogata at the restaurant in San Antonio. I go there just for the salsa.
                Now thats good eating.

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                  Goddess Of Purple

                  Tito's Tacos just on the grungy outskirts of downtown San Antonio. Both red and green. Bitchin' homemade corn and flour tortillas too.