Salsas are no strangers to Filipino cuisine. Aside from our usual sawsawan that goes well with most fried food, we also sometimes include a side of chopped tomatoes combined with red onions for a refreshing flavor. Sometimes we even put some mangoes in it!
Salsa literally translates to "sauce" and it is a condiment generally made of tomatoes and other ingredients. Most store-bought salsas are marketed to pair with chips or to add in Mexican dishes, however, there are more uses to it. This article will shine a light on salsas - how to choose the best salsa, some product recommendations, and we also put a recipe so that you can make your own and adjust the flavor according to your preference. Scroll down below to find out!
How do you get started with choosing a bottle of salsa? Is there any difference with the flavor of green and red salsa? Are salsas spicy? In choosing a salsa, there are many different options we are faced and it's not always just about tomatoes. Let's find out below things to consider for the perfect pair to your chips and other dishes.
When we think of salsa, immediately, an image of chopped up red tomatoes with onions or smooth red sauce is probably the image that pops in our mind. There is more to that! Let us introduce to you to other types of salsas.
Most store-bought salsas are this type and it is the most basic type of salsa. It is made with ripe red tomatoes which give the sauce a red color. Its other ingredients include onions, garlic, and jalapeno. Sometimes, even with cilantro or coriander for that extra freshness and layer of flavor. Salsa Roja can be added to almost any food - from chips, down to tacos, quesadillas, even soups!
Fresh, chunky, and raw! You can think of this like a chopped salad. This typically includes tomatoes, onion, chilis, lime juice, and some cilantro as well. Simple, but it packs a punch of fresh flavors!
Pico de gallo is best paired with grilled pork, beef, chicken, or fish. Not to mention, it makes a colorful topping on your nachos, tacos, and many more!
For some Filipinos, this might be an unfamiliar type of salsa. Salsa verde meaning “green sauce” is made with tomatillos or sometimes called husk tomatoes. These tomatoes stay green even when they are fully ripe and they have an acidic flavor, not as sweet compared to red tomatoes.
The ingredients that makeup salsa verde are generally the same as salsa Roja's and it can also be added virtually to almost anything- eggs included!
Yes, guac is a type of salsa! The simplest guacamole is made with mashed avocado, garlic, and lime juice. Sometimes, tomatoes, onions, jalapenos, and cilantro are also added. This type of salsa is very creamy and heart-friendly as well!
Guacamole is the perfect topper if you want a layer of creaminess to your food. Aside from putting it on your Mexican food, you can put it on your toast, deviled eggs, burgers, smoked salmon, and many more!
A good salsa, more often than not, contains some chili peppers. Salsa heat levels are generally categorized into three – mild, medium, and spicy or hot. You want to get a salsa that suits your palate - just the right spiciness – not too bland but not too spicy as well.
If you are not too sure what to get, it’s always worth buying the mild type because there are people who find the medium type to be too spicy for them. However, heat levels depend on the manufacturer’s recipe, so all heat levels are not the same.
Salsas not only differ from types or flavors, but it also differs with texture or consistency. Do you prefer one that’s chunky or smooth? This is one of the heated debates among salsa fans.
This part is all about your preference and the type of food you will eat it with! Chunky salsas are great for added texture to your food, while smooth salsas make a great flavor add-on.
Below are our best picks of salsas that will complement your chips for the perfect snacking and add a layer of flavor to your favorite dishes.
**Prices may vary depending on the website and their campaign period**
|Ingredients||Tomato Puree (Water and Tomato Paste), Diced Tomatoes in Tomato Juice, Jalapeno Peppers, Onions, Vinegar, Salt, Garlic Powder, and Natural Flavor|
|Ingredients||Tomato Purée (49%), Chopped Tomatoes (20%), Onion, Peppers (11%), Jalapeño Peppers (3%), Spirit Vinegar, Salt, Modified Maize Starch, Sugar, Garlic Purée, Capsicum Extract, Coriander|
|Ingredients||Avocado, Water, Onion, Salt, Garlic, Green and Red Peppers, Spices|
|Ingredients||Tomatoes (70%), Water, Tomato Paste, Onion, Jalapeno Peppers, Salt, Green Peppers, Vinegar, Sugar, Soybean Oil, Coriander, Pepper, Garlic|
|Texture||Smooth with a Crunch|
|Ingredients||Red Peppers (52%), Sugar, Onion, Garlic Puree (10%), White Wine Vinegar, Modified Maize Starch, Red Chilli Peppers, Coriander, Salt, Spices. (Also may contain mustard)|
|Amount||16 oz (454 g)|
|Ingredients||Tomatoes, Water, Jalapeño Peppers, Tomato Juice, Green Chile Peppers, Distilled Vinegar, Corn Starch, Salt, Dried Onions, Dried Habanero Peppers, Dried Garlic, Spices, Dried Cilantro|
|Ingredients||Tomatillo, Jalapeno Peppers, Water, Onion, Salt, Cilantro, Distilled Vinegar, Xanthan Gum, Modified Starch, Sugar, Citric Acid, Garlic Powder|
|Ingredients||Water, Nonfat Milk, Monterey Jack Cheese (Cultured Milk, Salt, Enzymes), Corn Oil, Modified Food Starch, Diced Tomatoes in Tomato Juice, Jalapeno Peppers, Chili Peppers, Red Bell Peppers, Maltodextrin, Natural Flavors, Salt, Sodium|
Chunky Salsa - Medium
Hot Salsa Dip
Guacamole Salsa Dip
Dip Salsa Hot
Red Pepper & Garlic Salsa
Salsa Con Queso
Dip It Good - Salsa
Classic All-Time Favorite Salsa Choice
The Perfect Partner to Your Favorite Tortilla Chips
The Perfect Snack, Dip, or Appetizer
Authentic Tasting Salsa for Your Homemade Meals
Vegan and Vegetarian-Approved Salsa
For Those Who Need More Heat
A Distinct Tomatillo Taste
Preservative-Free Flavorful Salsa
More Cheese, Please!
Budget-Friendly Salsa in a Pouch
|Price Starts at||₱179||₱149.75||₱229.75||₱157.75||₱275||₱199||₱177||₱90||₱194||₱45|
|Amount||15.5 oz||300g||11 oz||16oz (453g)||7 oz||16 oz (454 g)||17.5 oz||10 oz||15 oz||4.2 oz|
|Texture||Chunky||Chunky||Smooth||Chunky||Smooth with a Crunch||Smooth||Smooth||-||Smooth||-|
|Ingredients||Tomato Puree (Water and Tomato Paste), Diced Tomatoes in Tomato Juice, Jalapeno Peppers, Onions, Vinegar, Salt, Garlic Powder, and Natural Flavor||Tomato Purée (49%), Chopped Tomatoes (20%), Onion, Peppers (11%), Jalapeño Peppers (3%), Spirit Vinegar, Salt, Modified Maize Starch, Sugar, Garlic Purée, Capsicum Extract, Coriander||Avocado, Water, Onion, Salt, Garlic, Green and Red Peppers, Spices||Tomatoes (70%), Water, Tomato Paste, Onion, Jalapeno Peppers, Salt, Green Peppers, Vinegar, Sugar, Soybean Oil, Coriander, Pepper, Garlic||Red Peppers (52%), Sugar, Onion, Garlic Puree (10%), White Wine Vinegar, Modified Maize Starch, Red Chilli Peppers, Coriander, Salt, Spices. (Also may contain mustard)||Tomatoes, Water, Jalapeño Peppers, Tomato Juice, Green Chile Peppers, Distilled Vinegar, Corn Starch, Salt, Dried Onions, Dried Habanero Peppers, Dried Garlic, Spices, Dried Cilantro||Tomatillo, Jalapeno Peppers, Water, Onion, Salt, Cilantro, Distilled Vinegar, Xanthan Gum, Modified Starch, Sugar, Citric Acid, Garlic Powder||-||Water, Nonfat Milk, Monterey Jack Cheese (Cultured Milk, Salt, Enzymes), Corn Oil, Modified Food Starch, Diced Tomatoes in Tomato Juice, Jalapeno Peppers, Chili Peppers, Red Bell Peppers, Maltodextrin, Natural Flavors, Salt, Sodium||-|
Next time you run out of salsa or you have a Mexican-themed party, why not try making your own fresh salsa roja and impress your friends with this quick and easy recipe from My Latina Table.
Salsa not spicy enough for you? Level it up with our hot sauce recommendations.
Salsas are not just exclusive to Mexican cuisine. You can experiment with it and try adding it to different dishes. A bottle of salsa at home is perfect for when you suddenly crave for chips and dip or for when you have an unexpected guest!
We hope that you find our buying guide informative and hopefully you were able to choose from out product recommendations. Happy snacking!
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