Maybe you saw David’s review last night. If you haven’t, what’s wrong with you? To make a long story short, my colleague reviewed a salsa from the rather notable CaJohns. This wasn’t your average salsa, though – this stuff was created as a seasonal special to mimic the flavor of a delicious apple pie. As it turns out, that salsa is only one half of a seasonal salsa duo, and I fortuitously received the other half. Thus, it is my pleasure to present to you the Pumpkin Pie salsa. I love pumpkin rolls, pumpkin smoothies, and yes, pumpkin pie, so I’m looking forward to digging into this one.
Tomatoes, Pumpkin, Sugar, Onions, Cinnamon, Jalapenos, Vinegar, Pumpkin Pie Spice, Salt, Black Pepper
The ingredients list should make it clear that this salsa is not set up for intense heat. Rather, it looks to combine the best of two worlds: zesty tomato-based salsa and sweet pumpkin pie. I wouldn’t mind a little kick, of course, but this stuff doesn’t need to be spicy in order for it to be delicious.
In terms of color, this one looks like a normal salsa, albeit with a slightly more orange tint. It’s notably thicker than most salsas I get, though, and almost looks more like a spaghetti sauce than a salsa. Like any good salsa, it’s also quite chunky, with bits of delicious fruit obvious in every bite.
Smell and Taste:
There’s not a terribly strong scent from this jar, but what’s there is pleasant. I’m surprised that I don’t get much of a cinnamon smell, but the combination of tomato and pumpkin is really appetizing. That’s pretty much what it tastes like, too. It’s really sweet, almost like candy, but it still tastes like a legitimate salsa.
I don’t think CaJohn will mind when I say that there’s pretty much no heat to this salsa, because that’s probably not what he’s going for. It gets a Mild, and only because I can’t get any lower. The flavor, though, is phenomenal. The sweetness is a perfect complement to the tomatoes and peppers, and the flavor is, in fact, suitably reminiscent of pumpkin pie. It’s so good, in fact, that I’ve nearly gone through a quarter of the jar while writing this review, and it’s a pretty big jar. I won’t mince any more words: this stuff gets a Notable from me.
The obvious use is with tortilla chips, of course, but there’s so much more. I usually like to mix my salsa with some queso, but I’m not too sure how well that would work here. It would no doubt go great with some chicken, though, and it would also work as a substitute for some pasta sauce. In particular, I want to try it with some gnocchi, especially if I can get my hands on some pumpkin gnocchi.
While I rated the Pumpkin Pie salsa slightly higher than David rated the Apple Pie, you really can’t get wrong with either of these salsas. Keep in mind, though, that both salsas are limited-time items, though, so you’ll want to pick them up as soon as possible, something you can do from the CaJohns website.