Favorite Salsa for Chips

Salsa! Not the music, but the wonderful spicy sauce of chopped, usually uncooked vegetables or fruit, especially tomatoes, onions, and chili peppers, used as a condiment. The endless number of recipes make trying new salsas as fun as wine and beer tasting, or even bourbons! They go with so many different types of food besides chips. You can smother your favorite Mexican dish, top off a burger, add it to meat loaf, or even dash a bit in your pancakes (I’m not a big fan, though).

For me, the most important attribute is heat. I don’t want the experience to turn into an endurance test, but without the peppers, a salsa loses all its appeal. Next is most important is flavor. I’m not a big fan of the southwestern recipes, but on occasion I’ve had a couple good ones. I prefer the tomato, lime, garlic salty flavor. Coming in third is consistency. Rarely is this a deal breaker unless it’s super chunky. I don’t like the huge clumps of anything in my salsa, and too much of a good thing can be a bad thing.

So without further ado, here are my top salsas!

Roasted Habanero Salsa

This is just a wonderful salsa! It goes great with just about anything. It does tend to be a bit on the salty side, so unsalted chips are probably the better way to go. I’ll pick up at least a jar every time I start running low on salsas.

Roasted Habanero Salsa

 

Heat7
FlavorSalty & Lime
ConsistencyRunny
PeppersHabanero
Overall Rating9
Good OnChips, Taquito, Taco, Burrito

 


Mrs Refrino’s Salsa

This one brings the heat! I can’t eat this one straight anymore, as it causes my intestines to revolt the next day. Especially if I eat it later in the evening.

Mrs Renfro's Salsa

 

Mrs Renfro’s Salsa

Heat9
FlavorTomato
ConsistencyPaste
PeppersHabanero
Overall Rating7
Good OnChips, Taquito

Mateo’s Gourmet Salsa

This is not a great salsa for my taste buds. It’s lacking a lot of the garlic, lime, salty flavors that I like. And despite its EXTRA HOT” label, it’s not hot at all. I’ll give it another try to see if it’ll grow on me.

Mateo's Gourmet Salsa

 

Mateo’s Gourmet Salsa

Heat2
FlavorTomato
ConsistencyPaste
PeppersHabanero
Overall Rating3
Good OnNothing Really

 


Pace Picante Sauce

You can’t go wrong with Pace Picante Sauce. It’s got good flavor and a fair amount of heat (the hot brand). This is what I’ll mix with Mrs Refrino’s to balance them out.

Pace Picante Sauce

 

Pace Picante Salsa

Heat5
FlavorTomato & Lime
ConsistencyThick
PeppersChili
Overall Rating6
Good OnChips, Taquito

 


Sadie’s Roasted Green Chili

I picked this up the other day having never tried it. Really good flavor. A bit on thick side, but it’s not bad. I wish the heat were hotter, despite it’s capital letter bold font “HOT” across the bottom. It’s not that hot. Maybe they have an even hotter version?

 

Sadie’s Roasted Green Chili

Heat5
FlavorGreen Chili
ConsistencyVery Thick
PeppersChili
Overall Rating7
Good OnChips, Burrito, Taco

 

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