Now that we’re officially in May, my goal is for Fiery Friday to feature a new salsa product each week. Even without regarding sales figures, there’s no denying that salsa has a commanding presence in American stores. That’s why it is my personal mission to help you, our readers and viewers, narrow down your choices when it comes to this delicious, low-calorie food. This week, I’m looking at a product by Sanderson Specialty Foods, makers of the TEXAS-TEXAS line of salsas and sauces. This one in particular is the Premium Roma Chipotle, a medium (according to the label) salsa that promises a smooth texture and all-natural ingredients.
Tomatoes (tomatoes, tomato juice, calcium chloride, citric acid), Roma Tomatoes, Onions, Tomato Puree (water, tomato paste), Jalapeno Peppers, Salt, Dehydrated Roasted Minced Garlic, Chipotle Peppers, Apple Cider Vinegar
I’m a pretty big fan of Roma tomatoes. Fun fact about these little guys: they are resistant to both verticillium and fusarium wilt, which is why they are often known as “Roma VF” tomatoes. What matters most here, though, is that these little plum tomatoes are really tasty. I’ve made a few salsas at home with them, so I was very pleased to happen across a commercially-available Roma salsa. Granted, “regular” tomatoes come first in this jar, but I’m willing to let that slide.
As I mentioned above, Sanderson promises that this salsa has a smooth texture. Don’t let that fool you, though, as this is definitely a chunky salsa. Sure, there are chunkier products out there, but this isn’t the sort of salsa where everything has been pureed down to a homogeneous goop. The presence of the Roma tomatoes doesn’t actually do anything to alter the appearance of the salsa, since Romas are typically the same color as their bigger cousins.
Smell and Taste:
When I first opened this jar and took a whiff, all I smelled was tomatoes, and the Romas only slightly change that standard salsa smell. A split second later, though, I caught the chipotle smell. Although this isn’t a fire-roasted salsa, the chipotle peppers lend this product a nice smokey “aRoma,” one that is definitely more appetizing than the standard restaurant-style salsa. The overall flavor is a pleasant combination of smokey, sweet, and slightly sour.
I think the label gets it right. Though there’s a noticeable bite to this salsa, Premium Roma Chipotle packs only a Medium-level heat. While this may not be enough for the most dedicated chile-heads out there, those of us who don’t mind foregoing some heat in exchange for flavor will find a Notable salsa in this jar. I’m serious, folks. This stuff is great. Although the flavor profile in many ways resembles that of the salsa you might find at a local Mexican restaurant, TEXAS-TEXAS simply does it better. There’s a lot to love about the contents of this jar, so give it a shot.
Unlike last week’s product, TEXAS-TEXAS Premium Roasted Chipotle packs all the versatility of a standard salsa. Rather than list the myriad food items on which you could conceivably put salsa, I will just say this: if you think something goes well with salsa, try it with this one. Ultimately, this product doesn’t take any wild risks, but it does what it does so well that I cannot complain.