Welcome, dear readers, to another exciting edition of Salsa Sunday! On tonight’s episode, I’m taking a look at a product from a brand common to grocery stores across this nation of ours. Specifically, I’m looking at the Fire-Roasted Chipotle Salsa from Arriba, a subsidiary of the Houston-based Riba Foods. After last Sunday’s review, I’m really looking for a good tomato-based salsa, so hopefully this one gives me what I want.
Tomato, Jalapeno, Chipotle Pepper (chipotle pepper, tomato, salt, sesame oil, paprika, vinegar, spices), Cilantro, Onion, Garlic, Carrots, Vinegar, Salt, Sesame Oil, Spices.
There’s not much here that should surprise anyone. The ingredients list in this salsa is pretty much par for the course. What more would you like me to say?
As you might expect after checking out the ingredients list above, this stuff looks like salsa. It is a pretty chunk one at that, with pieces of various vegetables and pepper bits floating in the tomato sea.
Smell and Taste:
I am happy to report that this salsa smells properly roasted. Though not all that smokey, it does have a different scent than fresh tomatoes. and is definitely what I’ve been wanting out of a salsa the last few weeks. I’m also satisfied with the flavor, as it contains enough of a tomato-to-pepper balance to please my palate.
Although there’s only a little bit of heat to this salsa, it registers just enough after a few bites to warrant a scant Medium on our scale. In other words, there is a bit of a kick to it, but you have to work for it. The tomato flavor in this one is Nice; my only really complaint is that the smoked flavor of the chipotle peppers doesn’t really shine. To me, this salsa tastes more like a regular salsa with a slight smoked flavor, as opposed to a full-fledged chipotle product.